Don’t hate us! We know the Christmas season seems to come earlier and earlier every year, with the Christmas carol and Santa themed chocolate/mallow invasion starting at your supermarket in October. Yipes! There’s barely even time to put away the Halloween costumes!
Even more obscene are the tacky faux-winter decorations that are popping up at this time of the year, from white plastic Christmas trees, lurid blue fairy lights and shiny green tinsel. Let’s face it – ahem multinational chain stores – we’re going to be baking at the beach or lounging in mum and dad’s backyard rubbing our bellies, not dashing through the snow.
So, here’s an awesome DIY to amp up the Aussie AND festive factor at yours this Christmas – a sexy asymmetrical native-filled Christmas wreath. Super easy, totally hand made and stunning on your wall or door.
P.S. The natives in this fresh wreath dry out over time and look extra fab and festive. In fact, we photographed this wreath after two huge heatwaves in Sydney and it’s looking and smelling amazing.
Time: 25 minutes
You will need:
- half a bundle of willow (we used the twisted variety)
- half a bundle of eucalyptus
- decorative botanicals – we used gumnuts, geraldton wax and proteas
- floral shears
- your choice of craft wire or floral tape
- one piece of floral wire
Instructions (the turbo variety):
- Use one piece of willow to create a hoop, twisting it back on itself
- Add more willow pieces one at a time, twisting around the hoop
- Trim excess willow ends
- Insert eucalyptus sprigs into wreath to build foliage base
- Trim and add botanical elements, using wire or tape to secure
- Using a piece of floral wire, create a small loop to hang the wreath and wind excess ends into the wreath to secure
- Hang and enjoy!
Start by taking one piece willow and bending in into a circle, the size you’d like your wreath to be. Don’t worry about excess ends or if it’s not perfectly shaped at this point.
Twist the flexible end of the willow around onto itself to hold the circle in shape. You may need to tuck the very end back into itself to secure.
Add another piece of willow, twisting it around the first piece, shifting up slightly from where the first piece started. If the thick end is hard and inflexible, leave it sticking out – you can trim that later. The more pieces you add, the more your wreath will form a natural circle – although you may need to give it a firm “helping hand” (read – get your back into it if it’s being stubborn).
Add a third piece. And a fourth, and so on, until you are happy with the width and size of your wreath. Don’t worry about perfection as you can always cover up dodgy bits later
Tuck the ends or long loose bit’s back into the wreath – this should be enough to secure it.
With your shears, snip off any of the hard ends poking out of your wreath. Try to cut them at a slight angle so they look flush with the wreath.
Choose a placement spot for the focal point for your wreath – this should be the least perfect part of your wreath as it will get covered up! We chose a corner which didn’t look as smooth as the rest of the wreath.
Start adding sprigs of eucalyptus to your wreath by poking it firmly between the twists of the willow. Using wire or tape to secure is optional as it should be firm enough to hold on its own. We started with longer pieces and filled out with shorter pieces.
Add additional foliage in the same way. We used Geraldton wax for texture (and because it smells delish).
Choose and measure your botanicals for your focal point. We used two white proteas for our focal point.
Place and cut to size.
Using craft wire or floral tape, secure the botanicals to your wreath, wrapping all the way around.
If some of your decorative elements are a bit too small to wire on individually, you can make mini bunches – like this bundle of wire wrapped gumnuts. These smaller pieces are also perfect for covering any wiring.
Your finished focal point should look something like this.
Finally, to make the wreath hanger, take a piece of floral wire, bend in half, and twist around to make a small loop.
Choose the desired hanging point for your wreath by holding it in the air and picking the topmost point. Flip your wreath over, and using the ends of your wire hanger, weave and twist the wire into the back of your wreath, so that you can’t see the wire from the front.
Hang and enjoy all festive season long!
What’s your fave way to decorate a summer Christmas? Show us on Instagram and tag your pics #omgflowers.