Wreath holds spirit of the garden
A wreath for the Christmas season is easy to make and makes a lovely heart-felt gift, too.
You could use grapevine twigs from winter pruning or other vines to entwine together and let dry for a more permanent wreath to dress up for various celebrations, or make a newspaper- based wreath materials.
But if you would like to fashion one for this Christmas, one way is to begin with newspaper, preferably a few pages from a large daily broadsheet, unless you are making a small wreath then this paper will do nicely. Roll this up into a firm sausage shape and circle around putting one end into the other to close the circle. Mediumsized wire wound around the lot will keep it firmly in shape.
Gather garden greenery from nonpoisonous plants and herbs too. Poke these beneath the wire frame and fill gaps to
fresh cover the newspaper.
Collect pretty flowers that will last longest and remember weed flowers too, like clover and dandelions, dock and seed grasses.
Spread these around your wreath, aiming each stem in the same direction.
A candle stood in the centre will make it a gorgeous table centrepiece. Just remember not to leave the lit candle unattended.
The wreath can also be hung outside and even dried for use another time.
If you wanted a less rustic- looking wreath, you could spray the whole thing with silver or gold paint before putting the flowers in and ribbon on, using a matching coloured ribbon of course.
DIY wreath: Pine for European tradition, rosemary for remembrance and a mix of lavender, coriander, rose and dock flowers from the garden make this simple wreath.