This year I am determined to get into the Christmas spirit. I usually am so busy in December, with work and other stuff, I forget to do anything cool that Christmas is meant to be about. But at heart, I am a little old lady who loves small dogs, cups of tea and YES Christmas.
So when I saw Yvette Edwards was hosting a Christmas wreath making class, I jumped at the chance to get festive. I went to one of Yvette's florist classes earlier this year in April (it seems like an age ago). It was such a lovely experience, I couldn't help but be tempted to go again.
Once again, the class was held at the gorgeous Sally Eagle Bridal on Cuba Street. We were each given a hoop that inexplicably had pipe-cleaners attached (Yvette said that they come like this so she has to spend many hours picking them off herself - the worst job every). After the pipe-cleaners are removed, you will need soft wire, a ton of foliage (like bushy evergreen long twigs and holly), moss and a good pair of scissors. Also use pine-cones and ribbon to decorate!
Once you have your sphagnum moss at the ready, you will need to bind it around the hoop so it gives a base for the leave to be wired to. This makes the other foliage attach better to the frame and gives it a green background to sit against.
Next, you will need to gather all your foliage (just look at these pictures if you need ideas, anything in the Garden - or Mums Garden - should do) as long as it is relatively ever-green. Make sure you have stored it in buckets with lots of water.
Get your soft wire and make a bundle, and tie the wire around it. Next, attach the bundle to the mossy frame, holding it flush and on a fourty-five degree angle. When you feel your bunch is secure, thread it through a few times and cut the wire. This way, you can create a fan like effect to give the wreath a lush look!
As you add more foliage, re-assess your wreath as you go, making sure that it looks balance and there are no gaps.
This was Yvettes model wreath on the wall above me - hence, perfection.
Take an awkward selfie...mine was quite big. The theory was go big or go home with a wreath. Got to make the neighbors jealous right?
Finally, when you have completed the circle of wire (SO MUCH WIRE), thread some more wire through pine-cones (the little spaces in between the nubs if where you want to aim it) and then secure to your wreaths frame.
At this stage, like we did in Yvette's class, you may like a tea break. We were treated to tea and coffee by Yvette and some delicious cakes that would make Nana proud.
To finish, you want to put a touch of Christmassy ribbon in the mix. Go for classic red, green and gold I say! You can check out my final product below. I am feeling very happy with it - perfectly put me in the Christmas spirit! Hurrah!
I can't wait for Yvette's next workshop next year! Will you be coming along?