Last weekend we hosted a workshop with Fowlers Flowers, fellow north-siders selling lush blooms and beautiful native flowers to the folk of Clifton Hill and beyond. Opening our studio to a small number of Plyroom friends, the morning was spent in the capable hands of Rocky and Brooke learning to craft our own wreaths, eating rum balls and soaking up the Christmas carols.
Before you wrap up for the year and resign to hazy holiday afternoons on the couch watching Love Actually (yes, inevitable) why not embrace a minimalist approach to festive decorations and attempt this simple Christmas wreath that will fill your home with the sweet scent of blue gum and last year after year.
What you need
- Wreath ring
- Native leaves and dainty flowers (note: native leaves and flowers will dry more effectively and can be saved for next year’s wreath)
- Floristry green stem tape
- Floristry wire
- Heavy duty scissors / floristry scissors
- Ribbon or fishing wire
How to make your own minimalist Christmas wreath
Plan your wreath. Establish where you'd like each piece to sit prior to attaching any items to the metal ring.
For flowers or objects (like a gum nut) wrap wire around stem and tape secure
Create your first bunch of leaves and/or leaves and flowers. Bind these to the ring by using floristry tape until secure. Simply tear tape when complete. Cut excess stem where necessary.
Repeat step three in the same direction, ensuring to conceal the previous bunch’s green tape with each new addition to the wreath.
When complete, add your final bunch in the opposite direction to the others. Tuck the stems behind the other foliage where possible to conceal the tape.
Hide any green tape and thicken your wreath where needed with smaller leaves and branches, interweaving the stems and hiding the green tape as much as possible.
Tie a ribbon or attach fishing wire to suspend your wreath on the front door or a wall within your home. We loved seeing the beautiful outcomes of the day hung on our Hang on Piccolo Coat Rack!
Thanks again to Rocky and Brooke of Fowlers Flowers for spending the morning with us all. Here are a few more pictures from the day…
Stay in touch with Plyroom at @plyroom for more information about upcoming workshops in 2019.