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For those like me, who begin to morph into busy little elves around Christmas time there is no better feeling than crafting your own wreath. Now I’m not totally able to go rummaging for branches and twigs at the moment to craft an entire wreath myself due to having a baby. However, I have done a quick and easy ‘how to’ and substituted with an artificial wreath. If you’re looking to spend an afternoon Christmas Crafting without too much fuss, and would like your house to smell like mulled wine- then this is for you. If nothing else, I hope you just take away some pretty pictures and get all Christmassy from this post.
First of all, you’ll need to make sure you have all of the equipment at hand. This includes:
- a Wreath (real or artificial)
- Dried Whole Oranges – link here for whole oranges & slices!
- Dried Small Whole Pumpkins (or choice of fruit)
- Dried Orange Slices
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Green Reel Wire (or strong glue)
- Twine or String – I got mine for £1 from Wilko!
- Pine Cones
- Artificial Berry bunches
- Battery Operated Fairy Lights
- Wreath Hanger
I purchased the large majority of these on Amazon and Ebay, but if you’re nifty you can make the dried fruit yourself as well as gather many other items from your garden or local park. Simply slice your oranges, put them in the oven and keep it VERY LOW for a long period of time. This allows the fruit to dry out fully. I’ve only done slices myself, so I can’t attest to how well this works for the whole fruit items. I would suggest drying out the fruit with a tea towel after slicing just to get rid of as much excess juice as possible.
After I had all of my items laid out I began bunching together my cinnamon sticks. If you’re going to use fairy lights please put them on before this step. To create the cinnamon bundles, I took around 3-5 sticks and tied twine around them in a ribbon to give me 3 full bunches.
I then cut off a piece of Green Reel Wire and threaded it through 2 of the cinnamon sticks at the back and twisted to hold in place. This left me with two free wire pieces which I used to attach to the wreath itself. If you’re using glue you can swap out this step and get sticking!
Although a bit of a fiddly procedure, once you’ve mastered this you’ve pretty much finished the wreath. In order to attach the dried oranges/pumpkins I pushed the wire into the back of the fruit until sturdy. Then fixed to the wreath using the same procedure.
Now you’re free to lay your items out wherever you please. I found it easier to place the cinnamon sticks, then oranges and pumpkins and feather out with the slices.
For me, my decorating finished here, but I have seen some beautiful wreaths with large bows on and believe this is the perfect opportunity to add one. As I say, decorating is totally personal and it really is up to you how you do it.
The final thing for you to do is attach the ribbon to hang it from. You may be able to skip this step if you’re using a wreath hanger as you can just attach straight into the hook.
The best thing of all is you can use any greenery/items you like to personalise your wreath how you see fit. So get crafting and Merry Christmas!