This week, I learned how to decorate a Christmas wreath at our local Women’s Shed. Our Inner Children found inspiration in Santa’s grotto, singing a rousing “Jingle Bells, as we posed for posterity:
I loved the polar bears, reindeer, the snowmen and the penguin…
I bet Santa did too…
Our tutors taught us step by step.
- A basic straw wreath
- Green plastic tape
- Rolls of florist’s wire
- Metal pins
- Assorted foliage, including holly with berries
- Decorations including poinsettia, mistletoe, robins, ribbon…
The straw wreaths were bound tightly with the green plastic tape, and wound with the florist’s wire.
If you cannot find green plastic tape, cut up a green bin bag or carrier bag.
Next, add foliage in small bunches, using your florist’s wire to tie them in place. Just keep on weaving the wire around and around, a little at a time…
You are now ready to pin in some holly:
Eventually, you will reach this stage:
Add embellishments of your choice; I went for a red and silver “poinsettia and mistletoe” theme:
I lined my finished wreath up in front of two others, to give you further inspiration. A cute robin adorns the middle wreath, while the rear model is embellished with gold ribbon.
I am normally a minimalist, but I added a final flourish of red ribbon this morning, before hanging my new creation on my front door.
I cannot help but smile at my efforts, and I should think the birds will enjoy the holly berries, before Christmas is over…
Brigid P. Gallagher
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