How To Make a Traditional Holly Wreath

November 13, 2011
Make your own Festive Holly Wreath. This project steps you through the assembly process of creating a personalised holly wreath that will last for ages, and with it’s construction techniques will allow it to weather the storms of winter.

bullet Requirements.

bullet 8, 10 or 12 inch Holly Ring
bullet Rose wire or Reel wire
bullet Green Twine
bullet Straw or Newspaper.
bullet Holly
bullet Wire cutters / pruners
bullet Garden Gloves.

bullet Additional items

bullet Cypress, Ivy, Box, Mistletoe.
bullet Silk or Plastic Flowers
bullet Florist Ribbon
bullet Fir Cones
bullet Fruits
bullet Cinnamon Sticks
bullet Plastic Berries
bullet Christmas Decorations

bullet Cherubs
bullet Angels etc

Step One

bullet Choice of Holly Wreath Ring size.

 

The Holly wreath rings are available in 8, 10 and 12 inch sizes. This dimension refers to the size of the ring. The completed wreath will be between 4 and 6 larger than the base ring depending on how thickly you the holly. A standard size wreath is made on an 8 inch ring. A 12 inch ring will make a large wreath for a large front door.

bullet Step Two

bullet Covering your wreath ring.

 

We have chosen to use a base of straw (hay), you should be able to acquire some from a neighbourhood farmer or equestrian centre. If you have no access to straw, you can use either newsprint or kitchen roll.

 

Take a handful of straw and shape it round your ring, while binding it to the ring using a strong binding twine. If using newsprint or other paper, scrunch and twist several sheets together then shape and bind to the wreath ring using the twine. You may also use Moss to wrap your wreath ring. Moss can be purchased at a good garden centre. Finish off by cutting away lose straw etc. If you intend using your wreath as a table decoration etc, you may wish to isolate the straw, or paper by wrapping strips of cling film around the ring

 

 

Take a handful of straw and shape it round your ring, while binding it to the ring using a strong binding twine   A useful aid to wreath making, are skaters knee pads. Strapped to the inner side of the knees they act as a protective shield when binding the clusters to the wreath ring. A useful aid to wreath making, are skaters knee pads.
Cut sprigs of holly, cypress, mistletoe etc. Spring should be between 4 and 10 inches long. The longer the sprigs the larger your completed wreath will be. A good selection would be a large spring with berries, a piece of cypress a piece of plain holly and a small piece of variegated holly

bullet Step Three

bullet Preparing your holly sprigs for binding

Cut sprigs of holly, cypress, mistletoe etc. Spring should be between 4 and 10 inches long. The longer the sprigs the larger your completed wreath will be. A good selection would be a large spring with berries, a piece of cypress a piece of plain holly and a small piece of variegated holly

Collect the sprigs for your cluster and bind together close to the base with reel  wire or rose wire.

bullet Collect the sprigs for your cluster and bind together close to the base with reel  wire or rose wire. Leave a 1 inch tail of wire before tightly wrapping the wire around the cluster two or three times. Cut the wire and tie off.

A cluster made with berried holly, traditional spiked holly and cypress.

bullet A cluster made with berried holly, traditional spiked holly and cypress.

 

bullet STEP FOUR

bullet Binding the clusters to the wreath ring

Tie the green twine to the holly ring. Tightly bind the string around the ring about three times. While holding the string tight place your first cluster on the holly ring, towards the centre. Tightly bind the cluster to the wring with at least three rotations. Place the next cluster on the ring facing the some direction, about one inch along and towards the centre of the ring. Again tightly bind with at least three rotations. Add the third cluster facing the same direction about one inch further along and towards the outer edge of the ring. Secure tightly with three rotations of the twine.

Repeat this process again, starting towards the inner edge of the ring. Once you have circled the ring, lift up the first cluster and tie of the last cluster underneath. Finally tie off the twine at the back of the ring. Use a screwdriver to force the twine beneath one of the bindings and tie off securely. You could also create a hanging loop at this stage. Now firmly hold the wreath ring in one hand and with the other  push the holly forwards away from the back of the to give a uniform shape. Trim any excess holly from the wreath using pruners or wire cutters

bullet Adding Flowers, Colour etc

bullet The simplest additions can be made using Christmas Rose Picks or Poinsettia Picks. The wire of these picks is strong enough to be pushed through the ring. Pull the wire from the back with pliers, bend the wire back on itself and push the sharp end back into the ring at an angle to ensure it does not exit the ring. 
bullet You can use other flowers etc by first wiring them to some stem wire.
bullet Add florist ribbon to add colour and flair.
bullet A stunning effect can be achieved with careful use of Gold or Silver Spray Paint. Simply mist spray the wreath from at least one foot away, with short bursts of spray while moving the can back and forth.
bullet To add Walnuts, Fir Cones etc. Secure the Walnut by wrapping wire around the nut like you would tie up a parcel, leaving one long end of wire to secure the nut to the Wreath. Holding the nut by the wire, spray the nut with gold or silver spray paint. All to dry then secure to your wreath. When using a fir cone, secure the wire around the cone one or two levels up, and spray paint as per the walnut.
bullet Add additional colour by using vividly coloured dried or artificial fruits such as Red Pepper or Tangerines. secure the fruits with wire and either build them into your clusters as at step three, or wire into the wreath.

     

   
       


 

 

 

 

 

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