FORAGED CHRISTMAS WREATH DIY
Christmas isn't far away now and I'm yearning to decorate my home and make it sparkle. My first step is always to hang up a wreath on the front door. It makes such a happy greeting every time you get home.
Here's the wreath that's hanging on my front door this year. It's made from foliage, feathers and berries that I foraged from the area around my home. Even the base is just made from willow and moss. It's easy to do, here's how.
To make a Christmas wreath you need to forage for:
- Willow rods, find these in wetland areas and near rivers. If you don't live near any rivers, try silver birch twigs instead
- Moss to fill out the base
- Fur off cuts, yew off cuts, rose hips, holly, ivy, old mans beard, any foliage you can find that fits with your theme
- Dropped Pheasant feathers or any feathers you can find
Weave together a base. Start by making a circle with one of the willow rods and repeat this winding the next hoop inside the previous one. if you want a neat looking base follow the same direction with all of your hoops
When you're happy with the wreath you can chop off any ends that are sticking out, just be careful not to chop them off too short as they may ping out of shape. On my mini wreath below I chose to keep some of the strands for more of a rustic look
Start to decorate with your pine off cuts and yew to pad out the base. Next add the ivy, holly and any other berries you've found to give it colour
Finally adorn your wreath with feathers, weaving them into the gaps in the base to curve in the same direction as the wreath. To finish off fill in any gaps with moss. Tie a long piece of ribbon to the back by looping it through the willow base and hang it on your front door to welcome visitors
A foraged Christmas wreath that's practically free, happy days
I hope you've got an extremely festive few weeks ahead of you with plenty of mulled wine and mince pies. If you've caught the seasonal cooking and making bug, I've got lots of DIY projects over in my Country & Seasonal blog posts