Lifestyle 21 | Christmas Wreath

Strolling along the streets of Islington last Christmas, Mrs Clarke was overawed with the beauty of the wreaths on the grand doors of the four story town houses. Over the years, we have seen the same themes reused time and time again, dried oranges…gold ribbon…cinnamon sticks. We always like to experiment with new ideas to keep things exciting and fresh. This year Mrs Clarke wanted to incorporate succulents into her wreath to bring a discerningly different edge to her them Christmas creations. These intricate desert plants come in such beautiful colours and shapes and mix so beautifully with other types of greenery that they deserve to share in festivities.

Below are the steps to creating a beautiful wreath, fit for any discerning door. Visit our Pintrest to see the step by step pictures.

Equipment: Scissors, wire, moss pins, ribbon

1. Greenery: Bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, sage, mixed succulents, pine base.

2. Begin working with any herb that you fancy and make up little bunches rather than individual pieces (don’t hold back as you want the wreath to be lovely and full). You will be creating bunches like these all the way round. Take the wire and wrap it round the stems of your individual bunches, repeating a couple of times so that the wire feels nice and snug around the stems.

3. Leave enough wire either side so that you can wrap around and then underneath the wreath, twisting tightly at the back so that the herbs are well secured. Be sure to follow one direction and layer the herbs under the pine so that you cannot see the stems.

4. Repeat the above with all the herbs. We recommend grouping the herbs rather than scattering them as we think it creates more impact.

5. After you have securely wired all your bunches to the wreath, make sure you have left room for your succulent section.

6. You can buy the succulents in their pots (Mrs C. recommends the flatter flower types) and take off all the soil and roots.

7. Once you have cleaned up your succulent, take two pieces of wire and push them through their base so that you make an x shape with the wires.

8. Wrap the wires around the wreath and again twist the wire to secure the succulents.

9. Finally take a piece of wire and make a loop round the top of the wreath and cut a long piece of your chosen ribbon, thread through and tie a lovely big generous bow.

Thanks to Toa.st for the inspiration.

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