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Floral wreaths are ideal for weddings and special events, or for when you simply want to spoil yourself.
Afloral foam wreath base is ideal for fresh flowers. Immerse the foam in a large bucket of water until no more bubbles rise up and the foam is soaked through. A wire frame with moss is typically used for dried wreaths.
DRIED FLOWER WREATH
A dried flower wreath makes a terrific display at any time of the year. Here, the colours are vibrant, making the wreath look almost fresh. Statice and strawflowers keep their colours well when dried, as do the seedheads of love-in-a-mist.
To make the base, bind sphagnum moss to a wire frame with green string. Keep the moss compact and of equal thickness all around. Begin decorating your wreath by inserting any foliage and, in this case, pine cones, first, then add your flowers (including faux flowers) and seedheads. Rosehips, wheat and other grasses work well in dried arrangements, adding interesting texture. The pine cones will need to be wired in place with floral wire. Rotate the wreath as you work to ensure the flowers are even all around. Add a raffia bow or tie a ribbon in place to finish it off.
MAKE A WREATH LAST
For a wreath that lasts year round, craft a permanent base, add everlasting embellishments, and swap out fresh flowers from time to time.
Fashion a base out of willow or garden prunings (grapevine and wisteria are suitable) just after cutting when the stems are pliable and easy to bend. Twist larger stems into a circle, weaving them around one another and binding the ends with wire, string or floral tape. Wrap smaller stems around the larger ones, leaving small, wispy tendrils unsecured to give a rustic effect. Leave the wreath base to dry and stiffen. This base will last indefinitely.
Add your permanent embellishments. Butterflies or flowers cut from floral paper can be glued to the base. Or use faux flowers and berries. Long-lasting evergreens like eucalyptus, pine or ivy can be attached too.
Add fresh flowers as they come into season. Small water vials can be wired to the base and flower stems inserted into these to keep flowers fresh. Hide the vials with foliage or permanent embellishments. Swap out the flowers for fresh ones as they fade.
MAKE A HALF WREATH
This gorgeous half wreath incorporates flowers at the bottom only, and it's right on trend. Make your wedding or birthday celebration whole with a half wreath.
To begin, choose your base – a twine wreath, or even an old embroidery hoop is ideal. Square, rectangle or triangle frames can be used too.
Cut a piece of floral foam into a narrow curve to match the curve of your wreath (or the shape you are using). It doesn't need to be too large – just big enough to hold the short flower stems. If it's too large it will stand out. Soak the foam in cold water, then attach it to the bottom of the wreath using floral tape.
Wind ivy stems (or other vining foliage) around the wreath, leaving the ends to trail at the bottom.
Cut rose stems short and insert them into the floral foam. As roses have strong stems there is no need to wire them before inserting, but if using flowers with delicate or soft stems, like freesias, sweet peas and anemones, wire them with floral wire before inserting them into the foam. It's best to use flowers in odd numbers to make the design more aesthetically pleasing.
Hang the wreath and stand back to view it to ensure nothing is lopsided and that the flowers are secure. Make any adjustments necessary and you're done!
Contrast is what makes this spring wreath look magical. Fashioned from the blossoms and foliage of an apple tree and flowering sprigs of thyme, the design stands out brilliantly against the white trunk of a birch tree. Malus trees, which include both apples and crabapples, provide decorative fruit in autumn, which can also be incorporated into wreaths. Wire them first before attaching.
Mix fresh blooms with dried flowers and grasses for a long-lasting bouquet. Here, feverfew, veronica and sea holly (eryngium) mingle with statice and grass seedheads. This bouquet would dry well as a whole. Hang it upside down in a warm, dry, dark place for a couple of weeks until the flowers become crisp to touch. A floral spray paint can be used on flowers that lose their colour during drying.