The festive season is not complete without a beautiful wreath in your home. Spend an afternoon foraging for branches, bright berries and dried seed heads for a truly woodland-inspired wreath. This wreath is fully compostable so it’s great for the environment and you can begin collecting and drying materials as early as you fancy, which makes the perfect excuse for more walks in the woods.
Begin by collecting your materials. If you live near a woodland, you’ll find an abundance of foliage, berries and dried stems and seeds perfect for winter wreaths at this time of year; even your garden may offer up some wonderful sprigs. Collect foliage that is long so it can be wrapped and that has bulk to it – pine works well as it looks traditionally festive but will also help to thicken your wreath. Berries are great for adding colour to your creation, and dried clematis vine will work wonderfully for a base. You can also use dried seed heads, pine cones, flowers, feathers and grasses for a rustic look.
You Will Need
- Clematis vine (this will work for your base but if you can’t find any, use beech or willow sticks as these are flexible and will form a circle)
- Foraged grasses/leaves
- Seed heads
- Pine leaves
- Jute twine
- Scissors or secateurs
Make your circular base using dried clematis, twisting the flexible vines around each other to secure them. Leave some of the dried flowers on to give the wreath some bulk, but you may want to cut a few off, depending on how wild your clematis is.
Begin by making a mini cluster of foliage. Tie a few different types of leaves together with jute twine, leaving enough excess twine to attach on to your base.
Once you’ve made a few clusters of greenery, tie them to your base, working around your circle so that the leaves all point in the same diagonal direction. Secure tightly with the jute twine. I have opted for a less traditional style by not completely filling the circle, but you can cover the entire ring with foliage, if you prefer.
Once you’ve covered your base with greenery, hang your wreath up so you can see how it looks. Think about where you would like to add in any extra pops of colour and texture.
Dried flowers work well for adding texture and will last until Twelfth Night. Try adding dried alliums, teasel heads or statice. Large teasel heads and alliums
will create dramatic focus points on your wreath.
Add bursts of colour with berries, tying them into the wreath with jute twine. The wonderful thing about foraged wreaths is that every one will look different, so just enjoy the process of creating it. When you are happy with the final design of your wreath, use a loop of jute twine to hang it, either on your front door or on the wall.
- To make your wreath fully compostable,
use 100% natural jute twine to secure your foliage, not floristry wire.
- If you are unable to forage your materials, pop to your local florist and ask for a collection of festive foliage.
- If you can’t source wood suitable for a base, you can buy willow bases online; just make sure they are 100% natural.
- If you receive a bunch of flowers, why not dry them and give them a new lease of life on your wreath? Collect pine cones, feathers and seed heads in November and December so you have a collection of treasure ready for wreath-making.