MAKING AN AUTUMN WREATH

0 comments29 SeptemberKate Henderson

  • MAKING AN AUTUMN WREATH

The hedgerows are full of bejewelled rosehips and the garden is offering up the most perfect seed heads. Windfall branches laden with conker and acorn are adrift on our lanes and foliage is turning to the most vivid ruby, mahogany and amber hues… all the ingredients you need for a garden gathered Autumn wreath.

Wreaths make the perfect adornment for any front door and can be created all year round. They should not just be limited to the festive season. Autumnal wreaths can take on many forms- Honeysuckle garlands, wild willowy rings; mossy wreaths adorned with foliage. There is an abundance of treasures to be found and bound onto your desired base. Here’s a little inspiration to guide you….

STEP 1
Select/ Forage Materials
I’ve created a mossed Autumn wreath using seed heads and foliage gathered from our garden, together with foraged windfall branches adorned with acorns. I like to go for a range of textures; this gives the final masterpiece more interest and Autumn offers the most interesting finds! I’m always picking up interesting seed heads, windfall branches and Autumn fruit to add to vases and vessels at this time of year!

STEP 2
Mossing Your Wreath Ring

I bind moss tightly onto a metal wreath frame using garden twine, making sure everything is secure. Once I’ve ‘mossed up’ the whole ring, I leave the twine attached, ready to continue adding the foliage.

STEP 3
Attach Your Base Foliage

I tend to collate small bundles of foliage so I can make up the wreath continuously, rather than stopping and snipping. This helps to keep a continuous flow as you build. I create three piles of base foliage- larger branches for the outer edge of the wreath; medium for the middle section and small for the inner section.

I start by binding the outer section first, normally using stems of mixed foliage angled outwards. Once this is bound on, I work the middle section of foliage onto the top of the wreath, followed by the the inner section, continuously working in an anti clockwise direction, binding everything on as I work until I’ve covered the whole ring. Once the base has been finished, the twine can be cut and secured tightly to the back of the ring.

STEP 4
Adding Accents & Finishing Touches

Additional greenery, berries and seedheads can be added to fill any gaps, or to add accents of colour. The easiest way to do this, is by hair pin wiring small branches or florets using florists wire and inserting into the wreath. Insert the wired material by pushing into the moss at an angle. Pull the wire through the underside and bend the end of the wire back into the moss. This will ensure that the wired material will be securely attached to the wreath. Once all your accent seedheads/ crab apples/ conkers (or similar) have been wired on, tie on some twine or wire for hanging the wreath.

STEP 5
Hanging in Position
Once placed in the desired position, mist every few days to maintain the foliage. Once the materials are past their best, the ring can be recycled for later use. Make sure all wire is removed before composting the green material and remember, if you are foraging certain material, please do so responsibly.

Lastly, enjoy Autumn……….

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