{Create}  Foraged Spring Wreath

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Wreaths shouldn’t just be for Christmas, and there’s no better season to dress your front door than Spring.  New buds and blooms, along with some of the prettiest hedgerow blossoms, can make for an inexpensive and eye catching feature.  Hang them on external doors and gates, or bring inside to use as a candle ring or dinner table centrepiece.  Here’s how …

  1. Invest in oasis…

You can create a wreath shape with anything circular – a twisted wire coat hanger or pre-existing artificial base – but if you are using fresh blooms and want them to last, oasis is best.  Buy rings cheaply from Amazon or Ebay and soak well in a basin of water for a couple of hours before you begin.

 

  1. Forage seasonal blooms as a base…

The hedgerows are full of pretty flowers and foliage at the moment, many of which are overlooked.  Consider building up the base of your wreath with blossom (apple or cherry), blackthorn, cow parsley or willow, all which will give an individual look.  Decide on a colour palette and then gather together natural elements based on this.  Wear gloves and bring secateurs – nature can be spiky!

  1. Work clockwise…

Add in foliage in a clockwise fashion, starting at the top of your wreath.  Keep turning it as you go, and fill right around before going back to piece in the sparse areas.  Use larger pieces first, and fill in the edges and any gaps with smaller cuttings.

  1. Add a feature flower…

Choose your favourite Spring bloom and add a few of these on top of the foraged base.  Ranunculus, roses, stock and hydrangea are seasonal and all will give that pop of colour at this time of year.  You don’t need too many to finish off your wreath.

  1. Wire and Water…

Use thin wire and, starting at the back of your wreath, wind it around, up, over and through the centre of the oasis ring.  This will ensure that everything stays put, particularly if you are placing it in exposed areas.  Your fresh wreath should last up to two weeks (Shop bought blooms might need replacing after five or six days) but be sure to give it lots of water every other day.  Take it down and drench with a bucket of water, as well as spraying petals regularly.

Happy creating!

 

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