| WHAT YOU NEED |
Wire Wreath / Ivy / Hammered Stars / Floristry Wire / Glue Gun / Lights
| HOW YOU MAKE IT |
I started the day before making my wreath with a trip to the bottom of my garden and tackling the ivy that is tangled there. I cut some long and short stems and gauged the amount required by bunching together and bending in to a wreath shape [very scientific]. When happy with the amount of ivy, I washed it to remove any dirt [and bugs] and left to dry in the airing cupboard over night.
Sort your ivy by size - long large stems through to short and small 'filler' stems. Start with the larger lengths, fixing one end in place with the floristry wire and then bending the ivy to the shape of the wire wreath and adding more floristry wire where needed to fix in place:
Once the long stems have been added, position the shorter stems to any areas that need more leaves, shape or to use as filler:
hammered clay stars made in yesterdays post to add a little texture, decoration and Christmas spirit. Fix the floristry wire to the back of each star with a glue gun and when completely set, fix the stars in place to the ivy or wreath, using the ivy leaves to weave between the stars:
shared in this post]and left a generous length for the hanging.
Once happy with the look, you are ready to display! Currently, mine is sitting on top of the mantle [where else] but it will be attached to my front door this evening.
Have you ever made your own wreath? I'd love to know what you made!