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 a “From the Garden” wreath using feathers, crab apples, rose hips, teasels and ivy picked from the garden and poked into the base. Hung in a sheltered spot, this will last for a few weeks. If your wreath is likely to be blow about a little, you may want to wire in your plants.
The herb wreath is made with bay, marjoram, thyme and rosemary pushed in and tied onto the base with ribbon. I hang mine on the back door so that I can just snip off the herbs I need instead of going outside in the cold.
At the end of the season, pull off the foliage to leave the willow or hazel base and then in spring you can decorate it with spring flowers.