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With wreaths having a renaissance of their own, this is the perfect time of year as decorations are taken down to fling some back on your walls! Fresh or dried, seasonal and wild, wreaths can be tweaked to suit any budget or style. Hanging prettily over a drinks table or dramatically hanging in abundance from the ceiling, these delicate babies breath (Gypsophila) and copper wreaths are simple to make and dry beautifully.

Finding a wedding DIY that can be done in advance of the event is a plus, as it means less work for you right before your big moment! These copper wreaths are used in colder climates to fashion holly wreaths, bound and stuffed with moss. You should be able to find them at florist wholesalers (ask your local florist), or you could fashion some yourself with wire.

What You Will Need:

  • Wire wreath bases
  • Sharp floral scissors
  • Twine (optional)
  • Babies breath/Gypsophila – I used one full bunch for these three wreaths

Step 1. Carefully separate all of the babies breath stems, and cut into sections. Leave most long, so they can be wound around the wreath base. The longer the pieces, the more airy and delicate the final wreath will be. Cut small pieces of twine to have to hand while you’re creating. I didn’t end up using any, but keep in mind, if you are making these fresh in advance of an event, when they dry the flowers will shrink slightly and become less stable. Twine is a good option to keep them firmly together!

Step 2. Begin carefully weaving the babies breath through the wreath. If you have fashioned your own wreath base from one strand of wire, twine will come in handy at this point. Work with all stems facing in the same direction around the wreath, and keep the flowers quite spread out. The more you place together, the more dense the overall outcome will be.

Step 3. Keep a few longer strands aside to place into the wreath once it has been hung. You can make the wreath quite wild and loose by adding in some lovely long floral hero pieces towards the end.

These wreaths look stunning hung in clusters, and could also be placed as table centrepieces. For a romantic wedding or modern and sweet engagement party, wreaths are a stunning decorative feature. Eucalyptus, olive and most woody stemmed foliage would also work well. Having photographed these in my house several weeks ago, they still look gorgeous and may never come down!

Ms Zebra Says: These darling wreaths are a perfect wall feature that are both beautiful and intricate – but cost effective! Thanks Ms Honeycomb for another fantastic way to add drama to your event without having to spend the Earth!

About Ms Honeycomb  – Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).

For me, Summer is all about cherries. We buy boxes upon boxes of them and chow down on them on lazy afternoons all through the summer season. So what better way to make a cocktail than by using plenty of these jewel-toned beauties? Sangria is one of my favourite cocktails and this wine based cocktail is perfect to make in big batches for pre-wedding celebrations. In fact, it’s even better if you make it a few days ahead so the flavours can meld into each other and the fruity goodness shines through,

We decided to use the Florence Broadhurst De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon wine again (check out the last cocktail we made with it here) and play up the summer fruit flavours and contrast the sweetness with plenty of ginger spice for this one.

Ingredients

One bottle of sweet white wine (we used 375ml Florence Broadhurst De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon)

One One litre bottle of ginger beer

60ml triple sec

20 pitted cherries

4 limes cut into wedges

Ice

Method

In a large glass jug, combine white wine, ginger beet, triple sec, cherries, and limes. Muddle well.

Leave jug to sit, covered, in the fridge for as long as possible.

when ready to serve, fill tumblers with ice and fill glasses with sangria

If you’re a details person, how you display the seating arrangements for your wedding reception will likely be one of the many small elements you’d like to make beautiful. This rustic branch display is quick to make and can easily be made in advance to be set up on the day.

If you decide to make your version of this branch wedding DIY, please be very careful! The knife is very sharp and can easily slip, so concentration is key! Using branches that are still green/wet is a good tip too, as they’ll be softer.

What You Will Need:

  • A handful of nice looking branches (I’ve used mulberry cut from the tree)
  • A very sharp stanley knife
  • Name tags
  • Secateurs

Step 1. Begin by removing the foliage and smaller branches from the main branch with secateurs. You can be very neat with this, or leave some smaller branches attached for a more rustic feel. You could also paint the branch, if that would suit your wedding decor. Place the branches on a flat surface, to see how they sit naturally. Using the stanley knife, gently score a line along the top of the branch.

Step 2. Being very careful with the knife, and not working directly towards yourself, begin scoring out a line approximately 3mm deep. Keep the line as thin as possible, if it is wide, the cards will not hold in place well. Write up your name tags and check to see if they’ll hold firmly enough. You’ll need some elbow grease but it will be worth it in the end!

This simple and rustic table seating display can be tailored with different colours, and looks beautiful set up with some foliage. These branches will add a natural styling element to any wedding event!