Make It! Forage your own Festive Wreath

Make It Foraged Festive Wreath Wreathmaking DIY by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

Are you feeling festive yet? I must confess that, as I have to deal with Christmas decorating for a large chunk of my Summer due to all those long-lead print deadlines, it generally takes me a while to summon up the willpower to actually decorate at home for the holiday season. However, a couple of weeks back, website-crush The Chromologist asked me to share a few of my own personal festive traditions, and since then it’s kinda got me back in the mood. I’ve always enjoyed getting my Christmas craft on, and last year, as we finally had our very own front door (and had painted it in the rather dreamy Summer Medley 1 by Dulux), I decided to have a go at making a door wreath for the first time. Turns out it’s pretty easy, and though it’s not exactly what you’d call “posh”, I rather like its wonky charms. And the best bit? It cost me precisely zero pennies to produce, thanks to a bit of thrifty foraging. I like the idea of this becoming a little annual tradition, so this year I thought I’d share the process for anyone out there with barren doors looking for a little wreath-shaped inspiration. Here’s how I made mine:

You Will Need Wreathmaking DIY by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

You Will Need:

– Some foliage – ivy is a tough old boot and can usually be found pretty much anywhere, so I tend to use this as my base material. I used a few different varieties mixed together, for variation

– Any other evergreen foliage lurking in your garden/the park

– Additional goodies to add interest to your wreath – I picked some dried hydrangeas, lavender, thyme, rosemary and a few other miscellaneous dried flowers from the garden, adding in some acorns, pine cones and cinnamon sticks, then got over-excited and spray-painted a few leaves and twigs, too

– Some thin wire – enough to form into around a 30cm circular shape (my wire was pretty thin, so I doubled it up)

– String or twine, and scissors

– Christmas music on the radio, a cuppa and a chocolate brownie (optional)

1. Forage for Foliage Wreathmaking DIY by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

1. Gather all your goodies together on a tabletop, and don’t be too stingy: I thought I’d massively over-propped for my wreath but ended up using pretty much every large scrap of the above in its construction.

2. Create a wire ring Wreathmaking DIY by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

2. Form your wire circle – I just went freehand with this, creating a loose circular shape around the size of a large dinner plate. Twist the wire together at the end to close – if your wire is quite thin, like mine was, you might prefer to double it up for extra strength.

3. Weave a base layer Wreathmaking DIY by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

3. Start to add a single layer of ivy all around your wire. Tie it into place at one end with a bit of string, then gently weave it through the wire the whole way round, tying again at the end. I used a few shorter pieces to make up this initial circle. It actually looks quite sweet just as it is at this point, but if you’re anything like me, by this stage you’ll have got the taste for it and be frantically darting around your house looking for more stuff you can shove in it.

4. Build up that base Wreathmaking DIY by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

4. Build it up – continue bulking your base out by weaving the ivy in and out. Try to ensure it’s nicely tangled in amongst itself for added strength. Work to one side, ensuring the ‘front’ looks lovely and luscious and the back, which will go against your door, is relatively flat. Keep holding it back against a clear wall to check your handiwork, until you’re happy with its final shape.

5. Pimp It Up Wreathmaking DIY by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

5. The best – and most addictive – bit: pimping it up! Slowly work your way round, adding in your various accoutrements, either poking or tying them in. Once you’re happy with your arrangement and everything is secured down, tie a length of twine around the top to attach to your door – mine handily hangs off my little pine cone door knocker, but if you don’t have a ready-made hanging spot, you could run a length of twine or ribbon all the way up and over to the inside of your door if there’s something to secure it on there, or alternatively good ol’ 3M sell removable hooks suitable for holding your wreath to your door, if you don’t want to cause any damage.

Finished door wreath DIY by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

And there you have it! One rather charming little wreath, if I do say so myself, made all the more special by the fact it’s constructed from garden cuttings. In my experience, this should stay looking pretty good for at least a couple of weeks, so now’s the perfect time to make it before the big day.

In other crafting news, I recently made these cute Christmas tree cones, below, for a blog post commissioned by Wayfair UK – I’d had the idea in my head since last year, so this was the perfect excuse to try them out. They were super-easy to make and look great lining a mantlepiece or shelving unit – click here for the full how-to.

Christmas Snow Trees Joanna Thornhill

I’ll be back again pre-Crimbo to share a look at the rest of my festive decor, then I should FINALLY be ready to do another room reveal on my just-about-finished bedroom! To whet your appetite, here’s a sneak-peek of it on my Instagram feed.

Until then – Happy Foraging!

{Images: all Joanna Thornhill}


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About Joanna Thornhill

Freelance Interior Stylist, Author, Writer and Crafter working for a range of magazine titles and commercial clients. Author of Home for Now (CICO Books 2014)

2 responses to “Make It! Forage your own Festive Wreath”

  1. Mindy says :

    Simply amazing! ❤

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