I was at my local flower wholesaler’s (if you’re in Winchester go out to Dutch Masters – they are fabulous) buying Spring flowers for bouquets when I spotted some willow wreaths beside the till.
As I was heading out for a day of blogger fun and photography the next day I thought I would grab one to add to my pile of projects to photograph. More about our day of bloggers and photography in a later post.
I have added step by step instructions to the bottom of this post so you can make your own.
The wreath is based on a straw ring and has willow branches strongly wired at the base and tied in place with string. This is a great structure for securing flowers in and you can get away without wire for the flowers if you need to.
The great thing about a wreath like this is a few flowers go a long way. You could easily achieve this with a mixed bunch of spring flowers.
I have used: anemones, daffodils, tulips and my favourite Billy Buttons! The wreath has pussy willows within it which add a different texture into the mix.
I took the ribbon from my Solstice wreath (which was still hanging, dried out on the wall) which I simply tied in a knot and topped with a bow.
I really love how cheerful this looks on my door and when the flowers wilt I can replace them with a fresh bunch. Wouldn’t it be the perfect way to greet guests visiting this Easter?
How to Make a Spring Wreath
One straw or metal wreath ring
A bundle of willow twigs and pussy willows
A roll of strong florists wire
A bunch of spring flowers
Fine florist’s wire
A long piece of ribbon
- Cut your willows into lengths of about 30cms.
- Take a small bundle of the twigs and lay them over your base sticking out at an angle.
- Make sure your base is well covered and wrap the strong wire around the bottom of the twigs several times to anchor it in place.
- Repeat this working backwards around the ring, finally tucking the last bundle under the first.
- Use the string to tie down the protruding twigs.
- Trim any which are sticking out.
- Trim your flower stems to around 15 – 20cms and slide them into the wreath.
- If any are droopy insert florists wire into the stem to give them some stability.
- You may want to secure your flowers with wire to ensure they don’t drop out when the wreath is hanging on your door.
- Fold your ribbon in two, allow about 20cms (or what suits you) to hang it on your door, tie a knot and then use the tails to tie a bow over the knot.
- Hang with pride and welcome Spring in!