I don’t decorate inside the house until Christmas Eve, when we bring in the tree and greenery but I thought it would be nice to put a cheery wreath on our door. We have a selection of wreaths, that we sell alongside our Christmas trees, and I could just unhook one and spirit it away. But, they’re all the same; uniformly made, lined up in regimented colours and remind me of women with neat haircuts who look smart whatever they wear. As I have a rather more relaxed appearance, it’s not surprising that I prefer a slightly less formal and structured wreath.
It’s easy and quick to make a simple rustic wreath with small, whippy branches of hazel or willow cut from the hedgerow. Make a circle with one stem, overlapping the ends and then twist the overlaps around the circle. Tie the circle together with twine and then one by one, twist more stems around the base circle, overlapping them as you work around the circle. Tie at intervals with twine if it looks as though the whole thing will burst apart and leave to dry for a few days. Once dry, you can cut the twine, though I leave it tied in one place just to be on the safe side.
This is my “From the Garden” wreath using feathers, crab apples, rose hips, teasels and ivy that I picked from the garden and poked into the base. None of it is wired in, so if we get a windy day then the whole thing might fall to pieces, but until then, it’s hanging from a door that I can see from the kitchen sink.
The herb wreath is made with bay, marjoram, thyme and rosemary pushed in and tied onto the base with ribbon and is hanging on the back door so that instead of putting on my boots to go out to cut herbs, I can just snip them off the wreath. By the end of December it may be rather denuded.
By Christmas next year The Barley Barn will be completely renovated and Slamseys Art wil be holding courses in it. I’m going to book into the wreath making course so I can make a proper wreath that’s held together by more than a wing and a prayer.