This lovely and fragrant wreath is made from rustic, dark brown twigs and decorated with a selection of colorful summer flowers that are interspersed with sprigs of rosemary and mint.
Dark wood twigs (for making the wreath framework)
Large flowers such as peonies and hydrangeas
Artificial ready-wired pink berry picks
Stems of fresh rosemary and mint
Small delicate flowers such as Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle) for the wreath surround
20in (50cm) ribbon, ¾ in (2cm) wide, for the hanging loop
1 Bend the twigs to form a circular wreath shape with a diameter of approximately 14in (35cm) or whatever size is required. You will find it easier to bend the twigs if you soak them in water for a few hours first, as this will make them softer and more pliable. Use lengths of florist’s wire to hold the twigs in place to form the wreath.
2 Cut down the large flower stems to a length of about 4in (10cm) using the scissors. Wrap a length of florist’s wire around the peony stem and then attach this to the twig wreath, wrapping the wire around several times to keep the flower in place.
3 Once you have positioned the central peony flower, wrap florist’s wire around the two hydrangea flowerheads and attach these to the wreath on either side of the peony. Add any remaining flowers in the same way.
4 Wrap the wire on the berry picks around the wreath and twist the ends several times to keep them in place. Trim the ends of the wire with pliers or scissors.
5 Cut the stems of rosemary and mint into lengths measuring about 4–6in (10–15cm) and wire the ends with florist’s wire. Twist the wire around the twigs of the wreath to hold the stems firmly in place.
6 Cut the stems of Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle) into short lengths of about 2–4in (5–10cm) and tuck these into the twigs to hold them in position. You can also use florist’s wire to hold them in place if required.
7 Fold the ribbon in half, place around the top of the wreath, and pull both ends through the loop. Pull the ribbon tightly around the wreath and knot the ends of the ribbon to form the hanging loop. Trim the ribbon ends diagonally using the scissors to prevent the ends from fraying.
From Beautiful Wreaths & Garlands by Catherine Woram
Photography by Penny Wincer
Published by CICO Books (rrp £12.99)