Nothing says Christmas more to us at Green and Bloom than a beautiful wreath; either on the front door or as a decorative detail on a wall, a wreath is all about festive cheer. Our easy Christmas wreath tutorial is super quick – and super fun – and with the wonderfully fragrant eucalyptus, is wonderfully Australian! Season’s Greetings to all!
What you’ll need:
- Metal coat hanger
- Gold spray
- Green floral tape
- 2 bunches of gum/eucalyptus foliage
What to do:
Step 1. Bend the metal coat hanger out of shape to form a circle like shape. Don’t be too worried about having the exact perfect circle as you can always use foliage to hide imperfections.
Step 2. Spray the end of the hanger in a festive colour as you may see this in the finished product. We sprayed ours with a metal brass tone spray. Allow paint to dry before next step.
Step 3. Cut up your bunches of foliage into small sections of bunches.
Step 4. The next step is learning how to use floral tape. To use floral tape you will need to stretch it, so it looks like it is losing colour and is thinner. This is when it gets sticky and attaches well to one another. Your’re best to practise this step a few times before actually attaching to the wreath base. You can practise on some stems where the leaves are removed. One hand holds and stretches the tape and the other hand turns the item you are taping. If tape is too thick it will not attach well. Also if the tape is too cold it is less stretchy so leave in a warm spot before use. If you can’t do this step you could always try a glue gun, however floral tape does not burn the foliage or stems, and looks better as the end result.
Step 5. To attach the foliage we started at the hook top and worked all the way around the wreath base, with all the foliage being attached in the same direction. Each time you add an extra piece of foliage you will need to make sure you cover the top and both sides, but no need to attach to the back as it won’t be seen. If you miss any gaps you can always pop some foliage in at the end, by taping that stem and then warm gluing into place. Continue attaching foliage all the way around the wreath base until you get to the top again.
Step 6. Create a festive sign by using a thick linen ribbon and permanent pen. Flora Lovely created this one for us, and they make the most gorgeous calligraphy stationery for events too.
Step 7. To attach the ribbon, warm the glue gun and place a few drops of glue on the reverse side of the ribbon near the ends and wrap it around the wreath. Press into place on the back of the wreath. You can be creative and attach on whatever angle you like.
Step 8. Find the perfect spot to hang your gorgeous creation! And enjoy throughout the festive season – as the gum dries out, the smell of eucalyptus will fill your house.
Images by Terri Hanlon Photography
Ribbon by Flora Lovely
Ms Chinoiserie Says: How pretty is this wreath – I just love it – and it’s so easy to make! A charming way to say Merry Christmas!
About Green and Bloom: Hi there, we are a Brisbane based boutique wedding business, creating romantic and magical flowers, styling and custom made props for hire. Our business fuses fashion, art and floral design into our business brand, creating unique and exciting events for our clients.