What I Made The Other Week
I made that! #proud
I'm taking the mick now aren't I? But these acronyms are such fun. But no seriously, that is what I made the other week except I've only just got round to posting it now.
My friend L1 and I set a date in the diary to make our Christmas wreaths. For the last few years she has been kind enough to make mine for me but she asked if I'd like to have a go this year - why yes indeedy!
In a nutshell this is what we did.
- Cut and condition foliage to be used on the wreath a few days in advance. This ensures the foliage is in the best condition before it is used. (More info here). You need a LOT of foliage - go outside and get raiding the country lanes.
Sorry - this pic was taken on the camera phone so is a bit fuzzy
- Buy, gather or make the decorative bits you want to put on the wreath (I bought some fake red and green berries which I liked).
I didn't end up using the red berries.
- Soak an oasis foam ring in water till saturated. Wrap the oasis ring in cling film to hold the oasis together and the water in - this will hydrate your foliage for the next few weeks. Then wrap the cling filmed oasis with wire to stop the cling film unravelling.
- Make a hook out of thicker wire (an old wire clothes hanger will do) so you can hang the wreath on your door.
- With secateurs, cut the foliage to the size you want and poke in to the oasis ring. You may need to use an implement with a sharp point to help make an initial hole if you are finding it difficult to prod the stems through the cling film. If you're using holly - you need gardening gloves - or ouch!
- Keep turning the oasis ring round to make sure that you are creating an even shape and keep going till you're happy.
- Bob on some green berries. Bob on a door.
Last Note :
- I decided I liked the "greenness" of this wreath and excluded the red berries. The Grumps says "it will be nice when it's finished i.e "where are the red berries?" Each to their own.
- Thank you L1 for your expert guidance and cups of tea!
- Who's giving this a go next year?