Create your own festive wreath with letterbox-florists Bloom and Wild
Photography Jamie Lau
We love making Christmas accessories for the home, so we created a wreath that fits through the letterbox and is easily assembled in minutes – as it’s already decorated for you! If, however, you want to make your own wreath at home, the first step is to find components that are local and will last. Pine cones, dried fruit and winter blooms are our favourites, so we’ve got birch branches, skimmia berries and leaves as well as pine cones. Cinnamon sticks and dried flowers work well too, depending on the decor of your home.
Our wreath semi-circles are easily joined by inserting the metal base into the tube. Ensure they’re securely bound and you’re ready to add to your wreath. We always recommend adding foliage to the base first and building from there. Wiring stems is simple, just thread some thin floral wire through the stem base. From there you can add each skimmia branch one by one, each facing in the same direction around the wreath.
Wire your oranges next, at the edge of the rind so that the wire is less visible. We nestle the oranges into each bunch of skimmia and add the pine cones on top of the oranges. By doing this we create a hierarchy: larger additions at the rear, more delicate additions towards the front. Repeat the wiring for your pine cones and nestle into the dried orange.
Add final touches, like the birch and your bow. Keep your wreath in a cool place and it should last for over a month.
Looking for more ways to get crafty with flowers during the Christmas holiday? Sign up to Bloom and Wild’s Posy Party service to receive five cute miniature glass bottles and an assortment of wild blooms and foliage. Perfect for introducing little ones to flower arranging – and a monthly subscription makes the ideal festive gift.