I got my hands on some Heather (Calluna vulgaris) and decided to make a wreath.
You can make a this wreath with pretty much any plant that does well when dried. Lavender would be my favorite.
Step 1 – Get your materials
You will need:
- a wreath form (I used a 20 inch metal form but any type and size is fine)
- floral wire
- wire cutters (I used scissors. It would but I would’t recommend it ;-p)
Step 2 – Make bundles
Separate the Heather into bundles and wrap them using the floral wire. You will need around 20-30 bundles, depending on the size of you wreath form.
Step 3 – Tie the first bundle
Tie the first bundle to the wreath form. Make sure it’s tight!
Step 4 – Tie the remaining bundles
Continue to tie the bundles to the form on top of each other. Do every second one facing slightly inwards vs slightly outwards.
Step 5 – Check your wreath
Have a look at your wreath and make sure it looks symmetrical. Prune branches that might be sticking out or add an extra bundle to any area that might need it.
Disclaimer: At this point I realised that I wanted the bundles to start at the bottom and go upwards on both sized (not around in a circle). I redid all the bundles on the right side and had them facing upwards instead. It took some extra time and was was a bit of a pain but still worth it. It would have bugged me if I hadn’t fixed it .
Step 6 – Add decorations
It’s time for the decorations! It’s completely up to you how and how much extra stuff you want to add. You could just go with a nice piece of lace and be done with it.
I chose rowan-berries and hydrangea blooms since I had them in my garden.
Tuck the decoration into the wreath. Use wire if needed. I just poked the hydrangea and berry stems in between the Heather and messed around with them until I liked the way they looked.
Hang your wreath in a spot where you can see it every day and enjoy!