How to make a Foraged Christmas Wreath

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Follow these easy instructions and make your very own Foraged Christmas Wreath. Made with foraged ivy and other seasonal foliage. Decorating for Christmas needn’t be expensive, nature provides!

DIY Christmas Holly Wreath

I set myself the challenge of making Christmas 2022 a Foraged Christmas! The majority of my Christmas Décor was handmade and hand foraged, it has honestly brought me so much Joy! I have spent quite a few fun filled hours this festive season cocooned by greenery, ribbon, dried fruits and twine! I have loved every minute!

Confession Time

Does this sound Familiar? You pop to the shops for something as simple as Sellotape, with the sole intention of ONLY buying Sellotape, but inevitably leave with a trolley full of sparkly, completely irresistible Christmas decorations. It doesn’t matter that you already have a loft full of every colour Bauble imaginable, No! you want those Baubles, they looked so wonderful in the box! Then of course, you see another pack of Baubles, string of beads, tinsel, stocking, all of which would look so beautiful together…it would be a shame to have one without the other! Its a vicious circle and we’ve all been there.

I have 8 large boxes of Christmas Decorations stashed away in the loft, each box represents a colour change, because every year I change my Colour theme based on whatever catches my eye first in the shops…its ridiculous! and its expensive! I have Pinks, Red & White, Rose Gold, Gold, Blues, Blacks, Champagne & Bright’s.

Want to know what my colour theme is this this year? Green! Mother Nature Green! Alongside some home-dried fruits and reused Christmas decorations from Christmases Past.

I’m all about the budget this year! The cost of living has shot up at a ridiculous rate with food and energy prices on the rise with little sign of slowing. From October 2021 to October 2022, domestic gas prices increased by 129% and domestic electricity prices by 66%- its completely bonkers, so families like mine have to save where they can, as wonderful as Christmas is, like it or not, for most families, including mine, decoration costs have to be stricken from the list of priorities. All that means to me is…I have to get creative, the fun part!

Lets break down the cost of this Foraged wreath

  • Wreath ring made from Foraged Ivy Branches =£0
  • Foraged Foliage, Pine Cone, Ivy , Laurel, Cypress = £0
  • Dried Oranges (Pack of 5 Oranges= £0.60) 2 1/2 Oranges used on this wreath = 30p
DIY Christmas Holly Wreath
  • Dried Pears (pack of 5 = £0.95) 1/4 of a pear used, rounded up = 5p
Christmas Holly Wreath DIY

Grand Total = 97p!

What a bargain! You wont find a fresh Foliage Wreath for that price anywhere else!

Why you should make your own Christmas wreaths

  • Start A Tradition-DIY Foraged Christmas Wreaths will soon become an annual tradition in your home once you see how easy they are to make!
  • Its Fun! – Isn’t that part of the Joy of Christmas? Feeling happy? Creating something completely from scratch is so rewarding.
  • Unique- There wont be another wreath like it, make your front door stand out!
  • Budget friendly- Just take a look at the breakdown above
  • Adaptable- Use whatever Foraged foliage you like
  • Easy- Not difficult at all, just take your time and layer the foliage for a full…expensive looking, Christmas Wreath

How to make a Foraged Christmas Wreath

Equipment

  • 1 Pair of Pruners For Cutting the foliage to size
  • 1 Pair of Scissors For Cutting The wire and Hessian Fabric

Materials

  • Laurel Hedge Cuttings
  • Cypress Branches
  • Holly Branches
  • Ivy Branches
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Dried Oranges
  • Dried Pears
  • Pine Cone
  • Hessian Fabric
  • Florist binding Wire

Instructions

  • Entwine 3-4 Ivy branch into a circular wreath shape, around 25cm in diameter and bind with wire
  • Cut equal size sprigs of Laurel, Cypress and Ivy
  • Make 8-12 small bunches of foliage, combining 1 piece of Laurel, 1 piece of Cypress and 1 piece of ivy.
DIY Christmas wreath
  • Next, attach each bunch to the wreath with florist wire at an angle, see picture below ( also see the demonstration video at the end of the post). Make sure each consecutive bunch, slightly overlaps the previous bunch for a seamless finish.
  • Once you have covered the entire Wreath, attach the dried fruit slices, cinnamon sticks, Pine cones & Hessian bow (see video below)
DIY Christmas wreath

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DIY Christmas wreath

Did you make this Foraged Christmas Wreath?

If so, please leave a rating and comment below, I would love to know how you got on. Did you take a Picture? Great! Tag me on Instagram, I love to share your creations on my stories.

OHG x

Foraged Christmas Wreath

Active Time20 mins
Yield: 1 Wreath
Cost: £0.97

Equipment

  • 1 Pair of Pruners For Cutting the foliage to size
  • 1 Pair of Scissors For Cutting The wire and Hessian Fabric

Materials

  • Laurel Hedge Cuttings
  • Cypress Branches
  • Holly Branches
  • Ivy Branches
  • 1 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Dried Orange slices
  • Dried Pear slices
  • Pine Cone
  • Hessian Fabric
  • Florist binding Wire

Instructions

For the Wreath Base

  • Entwine 3-4 Ivy branch into a circular wreath shape, around 25cm in diameter and bind with wire
  • Cut equal size sprigs of Laurel, Cypress and Ivy
  • Make 8-12 small bunches of foliage, combining 1 piece of Laurel, 1 piece of Cypress and 1 piece of ivy.
  • Next, attach each bunch to the wreath with florist wire at an angle, see picture below ( also see the demonstration video at the end of the post). Make sure each consecutive bunch, slightly overlaps the previous bunch for a seamless finish.
  • Once you have covered the entire Wreath, attach the dried fruit slices, cinnamon sticks, Pine cones & Hessian bow (see video)

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