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The perfect festive decoration

Last weekend a small group spent the evening making Christmas Wreaths with Liz, Joules Design Manager and flower enthusiast! These Christmas Wreaths are elegantly beautiful and even a true novice can arrange something quite spectacular. So if you are looking for a table centre piece that will have your guests wooing this Christmas or an arrangment that your neighbours will love to look at on the door, we show you how…

You will need
One 15 inch oasis wreath

Seven small pinecones
Eucalyptus
15 white Roses
Hypericum Berries
Gypsophelia
Cream ribbon
Green floristry wire
Silver floristry binding wire
Florist’s waterproof tape

The perfect festive decoration

Whilst the oasis wreath is absorbing water take each pinecone and a 20cm piece of green wire. Start to wrap around the base of the pinecone and leave a good length at the bottom, approximately 10cm, this will be the part that you use to attach the pinecones to the wreath at the end…

The perfect festive decoration

Fold the ribbon in half and pierce through the bottom with the silver wire (a length of about 40cm will be fine). Now only let the wire come through an inch or two and wrap this around the rest of the wire. To make sure this is waterproof take some tape and wrap this around the bottom of the ribbon and continue down the silver wire for one inch. With the bottom of the wire feed this through the oasis tight to where is meets the plastic base, when it appears at the bottom take it around the back, over the top and back through the oasis. Repeat this three or four times until the ribbon feels secure…

The perfect festive decoration

So it is time to start adding some Eucalyptus. This needs to be arranged around the outer and inner ring of the oasis so it is overlapping. Around the outside feed the stems into the wreath at an upwards angle, and around the inside at a downwards angle, by doing this your wreath will start to take a nice rounded shape…

The perfect festive decoration

For a wreath this size Liz recommended using 15 Roses and we chose cream; a classic choice for a Christmas wreath. The stems of the Roses only need to be 5cm long, and be sure to remove any petals that look sad. Arrange your Roses in three clusters of five and remember to position them at different angles, not forgetting about the inside or outside edges of the wreath…

The perfect festive decoration

With the Roses in place start to add in small bunches of Hypericum Berries and the remaining Eucalyptus. We had a selection of bright yellow Hypericum Berries and others with ‘Christmas snow frosting’ – the choice is yours…

The perfect festive decoration

Finally we are ready to add in the Gypsophelia and pinecones. Once again, like with the Hypericum Berries, gather little bunches and position them in the remaining spaces in the oasis and add in the pinecones in little clusters or randomly around the wreath. If you are making this with a friend ask them to hold the wreath in front of you, at this point you will be able to see if there are gaps and if you need to add any additional flowers…

The perfect festive decoration

And here we have the finished wreaths, simply beautiful. The wreath should last over a week and will need watering every two days so it looks its best when Christmas Day finally arrives…

The perfect festive decoration

Win a garden for your school

Rocket GardenWin a garden for your school

Fancy winning a Autumn/Winter Rocket Garden for your school? We wanted to tell you about a lovely competition that our friends at Rocket Gardens are currently running…

They still have 13 Schools Autumn/Winter Gardens to give away, that’s one a day for the next 13 days! Simply click here to be in with a chance of winning a Rocket Garden for your local school, they will be announcing a winner every day until 29th September on their Facebook page.

If you are one of the lucky winners your little one and their friends at school will be growing, harvesting, cooking and eating delicious ‘school’ grown vegetables right through until next Spring. Good luck!