There is something quite special about a scented front door wreath at Xmas to give that warm and welcoming festive feeling.
If you are looking for something spectacular to impress your neighbors and guests, you might want to buy a Christmas wreath or maybe even make your own.
Christmas wreath making grew in popularity during last year’s lockdown, experts said, with many creatives and florists offering online workshops or DIY wreath kits as we were forced to stay on the line. House.
“People spent a lot of time indoors so they were looking for fun and creative things to do,” says India Burrill, store manager at Lavender Green Flowers, who has run wreath-making workshops online for hundreds. people via Zoom in 2020.
This year dozens of in-person workshops are taking place across the capital, including at Lavender Green in Kings Road, Chelsea.
Participants can create a bespoke wreath with a huge selection of mixed foliage and a selection and mix of dried elements during a two-hour workshop with expert guidance.
“Have a good time, be creative and get into the party spirit,” Burrill told me when I tried the fabulous workshop for myself. “There is no right or wrong way, just follow all the advice and have fun with it.”
What about those of us who don’t have a front door, or who fear it might get cut into our neighbor’s house? Flower wreaths can also be used as a table decoration. I was the one covering then.
Those who prefer to stay home this year can choose from a range of wreaths – from supermarket options starting at £ 30 to luxury options from independent florists and London department stores. There is also a plethora of do-it-yourself options available.
“Crown making makes you really happy because it uses a part of your brain that awakens your creative side and it’s great to take the time to do something for yourself that is not related to work,” says Lucy Dell, founder of The Real Christmas Business.
When the lockdown interrupted Dell’s in-person workshops in 2020, it launched DIY wreath kits, which are still popular this year.
“It’s a wonderful way to bring together a group of friends or colleagues to get in the party mood,” adds Dell. “Anyone with a dining table or kitchen island can accommodate it, which makes it accessible to everyone. “
How to make a Christmas wreath
“However, you need to know the right techniques, and with a few practices, you will quickly achieve beautiful, full party designs, which will make you immensely proud.”
There are two types of bases for a crown, says Craddock; a simple metal branch or ring base, which is great for small wreaths, or a larger, stronger traditional base, made of foam, which provides longevity and reach for more decorations.
To build a Christmas wreath, you first add mixed foliage to the base, which can include ivy, pine, eucalyptus, or willow.
The next step is for the dried items, which can include pine cones, green oranges, orange slices, whole oranges, cinnamon sticks, and ribbons. These can be tied with wires.
Christmas wreath trends 2021
Traditional colors are a big trend this Christmas, according to Lavender Green Burrill store manager.
“This year the style is very red, green and gold,” she says. “People are getting very traditional, maybe because of the Christmas cancellation last year, so people are getting big this year.
According to Dell of The Real Christmas Company, 2021 is all about wide velvet ribbons.
“They are a real hit this year,” she said. “What I really love about this fantastic ancient craft is that each wreath is totally unique and you can see that personality shine through in people’s choices as well.”
When to put on your Christmas wreath?
According to Burrill, the first weekend or the first week of December is the best time to hang your wreath.
“It’s an evergreen so it will last a long time but it can dry out. It will last a good period of time for you to enjoy on Christmas.
However, a Balham-based florist Ronny colbie, who has several handmade wreaths for sale, says we should wait a bit longer.
“The best time to lay your crown is two weeks before the 25th,” he says. I know it seems late, but it’s to ensure ultimate freshness, so the closer to Christmas the better.
How to take care of your Christmas wreath
If you want your wreath to stay greener, longer, keep it away from direct light and heat, says Kate Kern, chief florist at Maison de Fleurs, which has a range of wreaths for sale.
You should also avoid moving it around too much so that the pieces don’t come loose and make sure it’s securely attached to your door or wall to prevent damage, she adds.
Wreaths with a foam frame should be kept moist to ensure freshness. You can either run it under the tap or spray it once or twice a week.
Bonus tip: If you made your own wreath using threads, make sure they are tidy to avoid scratching your door.
When to take off your Christmas wreath?
Socket christmas wreaths down is a personal preference, says Colbie. “Our family tradition is to take them apart on New Year’s Eve. New year, new start. Clean house, clear mind.
Crown making workshops in London and online
Wreath Making Masterclasses at Lavender Green Flowers, Kings Road, Chelsea. The whole month of december
Don an apron and become a florist in the evening to create your own bespoke Christmas wreath at Lavender Green’s flagship store. Groups between eight and 16 can be catered for throughout December with prices starting from £ 75 per person
Wreaths and dinner at Leila’s Shop, Calvert Avenue, Bethnal Green: Tuesday, December 7 at 6 p.m.
Learn how to make an evergreen wreath that will be fully compostable using native foliage at an evening including dinner by SSAW Collective. Tickets £ 95
Making Festive Wreaths at Petersham Nurseries: In Richmond and Covent Garden stores throughout December
This immersive master class promises to teach you the art of wreath making while being socially distanced. £ 150 tickets include light refreshments
Philippa Craddock Christmas Design Masterclass: online from December 1st
If you fancy staying online this year, there are plenty of options available online. A three-part masterclass combines step-by-step guides including how to make a bountiful wreath, how to create a stylish party table, and how to install a durable festive design on your stair railing. Tickets for £ 195 include a live question-and-answer session and a private community group.