Mine are simple rustic wreaths made with branches cut from the hedgerow. The branches need to be a bit springy so hazel and willow work well. Bend one branch into a circle, overlapping and twisting together the ends, tie together with twine and then one by one, twist the other branches around your base circle overlapping them as you work your way round the circle. After a few days the twine can be cut away as the branches should have dried out and will keep their shape.
To add interest, include branches with berries or leaves as you make the wreath …
… or when you’re ready to hang it, poke fresh foliage into the twisted branches or use a glue gun to attach things more permanently.
Nearer Christmas I’ll make the Christmas chandeliers to hang from the ceiling. This is one made a couple of years ago by tying foliage such as Christmas tree branches, holly, ivy and mistletoe onto a large hoola hoop, adding decorations and ribbon or string to hang it. When the children were smaller, I used to hang lots of sweets from the hoop and they’d stay there until we took the decorations down in January. Nowadays they reach up and pull out the sweets leaving empty sweet wrappers. In the kitchen I make a smaller ring, decorated with bay leaves, rosemary and thyme and hang teaspoons from it, which catch the light as they twirl around.