Making holly wreaths
Making your own holly wreath may appear daunting, but it is really quite simple to create using bits from your garden to create your own, unique display. Here are a few simple tips -
Choosing your size of wreath - you can buy pre moulded straw wreaths that are ready to decorate. They come in a number of sizes from small to monster! We would recommend a 30cm wreath as a good 'starter' size - move to the others as your confidence grows! Pick foliage and holly or other garden plants that you wish to use - such as confier, the bottom branch of your Christmas tree, formium, ivy, or other greenery in the garden. Varigated holly looks especially good mixed in with traditional holly.
Tie a length of garden string around the wreath and fasten. Taking small bunches of foliage and holly, place on the wreath a tie each bunch in as tightly as you can. Cover all of the base and then fasten off, tucking the final bunch under the first to make it neat and to hide all the string. Leave enough string to create a hanging loop.
Now let your imagination run wild! Choose minimalist or go for over the top with bows, ribbons, baubles, cinnamon sticks, orange pieces, small toys - anything colourful! Use string or floristry wire to tie to the wreath.
Attach to your front door and wait for admiring comments! Over the door metal hangers will work with most doors - even UPVC (but choose a softer metal hanger that you can mould to the frame). Or tie your wreath to the door with string.
To keep your wreath looking fresh all Christmas, spray it regularly with water every few days and it will last until 12th night.
Enjoy being creative.
Everyone at Abercorn and The Garden Factory wish you a very Merry Christmas.