Hanging a wreath on your front door is one of the nicest Christmas traditions.
They are the first decorations we put up – even before the tree – and placing one at the entrance to your home signals that the festive season has begun.
Here’s our pick of some of the best faux and real wreaths and where to source – or even make – them.
We love these gorgeous floral creations and the many, many ways you can style them. Add holly, thistles, dried fruit even fresh roses to personalise your wreath. Ribbons, a touch of sparkle, fairy lights – all can be woven in. Customise the size and colour to work with your door. A real wreath can be totally bespoke and delivered to your home directly from the florist.
Make Your Own
If you’d like to make your own wreath there are lots of evening classes and day courses on offer from florists. We are booked into Kate Avery’s wreath workshop to try our hand at a spot of festive floristery. Funky Flowers in Berkshire also run some great courses.
At this stage so close to Christmas you may struggle to find a space on one of these day courses (pop it in your diary for next year) but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have some input into your wreath design.
Ask your local florist if you can schedule some time with them and then watch, and possibly help out, as they make your wreath. Tell them in advance the foliage you would like to include if you have a clear idea or wait till you are in their studio to be inspired by all the festive florals and decorations they will have there.
Last year we popped in to the lovely Priory Farm in Surrey and worked with the fantastic florist there to create a truly stunning wreath. While they don’t offer any wreath making classes, they were very happy to let us help.
Simply watch the expert at work or ask to have a go yourself. As long as you arrange a quiet time to pop in, most florists will be only to happy to have your input.
If you have other friends who would like to try out wreath making, ask your florist if they would consider hosting an evening event for you at their shop. Or make an occasion of it and host a wreath making evening at your own home, asking your florist to bring all the nessisary items and equipment.
Alternatively if you would rather just have a go on your own simply buy a wreath base and the decorations you want on it and follow one of the many You Tube videos detailing exactly what to do. Martha Stewart eat your heart out!
Just like all other faux blooms and foliage, if you are going to fake it then go for the very best you can buy to ensure a wreath that looks real rather than plastic.