Elsie & Fleur

If you’ve some time on your hands and you’re feeling creative then why not have a go at making your own Christmas wreath?

It doesn’t have to be expensive as you can responsibly collect foliage from the hedgerows around and about, and your own garden too.

To use as the foliage collect holly, both green and variegated varieties, green and variegated ivy, yew, any green conifer and box.

If the birds have already eaten all the holly berries then use rose hips to add colour and create a completely natural wreath. You can also add fir cones to give texture.

If you wish to buy in flowers to add too, then go for chrysanths and carnations, as you can find a good range of colour options, including red, and they last well too.

Select an Oasis ring for your arrangement basis. Oasis is the brand name for a synthetic block that absorbs and retains moisture so that foliage and flowers can be secure in it and survive without being watered. Most florists shops and good garden centres stock these.

The Oasis ring needs to be submerged in water for at least an hour before using.

Start by arranging the foliage around your ring and gradually building your display into the centre. Then add any berries, flowers or other accessories. Pine cones can be sprayed gold or silver and secured with wire round the base, then the wire can be pushed into the Oasis.

Written by Sarah Johnstone — December 18, 2015

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