For this week’s Crafty Monday project, Daughter and I made Christmas wreaths. We enjoyed attending a workshop to make these last year, but classes like that are another COVID casualty. One of Daughter’s friends has started a floristry business: Polly’s Petals and makes stunning wreaths and kits with everything needed to make your own. Polly’s family have a large garden and much of the material is sourced from there. She even makes her own dried citrus slices, drying the fruit in the aga. Daughter went to collect the kits we’d ordered yesterday morning and arrived here with two large boxes.
- florists foam ring and base
- hanging string
- huge amounts of foliage (included cypress, Scots pine, holly, ivy and various other evergreens,
- dried seed heads, teasels, grasses, pine cones
- dried citrus and cinnamon stick bundles
- pheasant feathers
- florists wire
- full instructions
There was more than enough in each to make quite a substantial wreath and all we needed to provide were secateurs or strong scissors. We began by soaking the foam in water for ten minutes and attaching a hanging loop.
Working from the outside, we began to cut small sprigs of foliage and pushed it into the foam.
We continued until the whole wreath was covered and no foam was showing.
We then added the other items, twisting florists wire round the citrus and cones to make a stem to push in the foam.
I have vast numbers of feathers so I added some of my own. I looked in the ribbon box and found a length in a pinky peachy shade that looked perfect so I used that instead of what came in the kit.
Daughter added some gun cartridge ends and found some gold ribbon
Even though the kit contents were very similar our wreaths are very different. We love them. Thanks Polly!