Sunday, 12 December 2010

Wreath Making: Without Spending a Single Penny

If I told you that you could make a Christmas wreath for free and in twenty minutes would you believe me?  Believe it or not this is extremely easy to do and you can achieve excellent results without having to spend a single penny.

Last year I made a number of wreaths including a variegated holly number and a simple ivy wreath. These were both very simple affairs and I used a preformed metal base to add structure and shape to the designs.  Something I may not have done had I known better.

This year I have been inspired to make my own wreath base using nothing but garden prunings. Sarah at Modern Country Style made it look and sound so simple that I thought I would give it a go. 

Using what I could find in the garden I created my base from Cotoneaster, Jasmine and Passion Vine, three things that I always have an abundance of.  I then used the excess from my Christmas tree to form the main body of the wreath.  I always choose a tree with heavy growth at its base as I know I will find a use in the home for anything I need to remove.  Last year I made several door decorations, which were one of my favourites of 2009.  Extra decoration came in the form of Rosemary and Miscanthus from my garden, Holly berries and Ivy, which I scavenged from the allotment and Pine cones from last years dining table centrepiece.

And there you have it.  A rather rustic and personal wreath for the door that does not cost a penny!

In other news, the Ryan’s Garden Christmas Competition winner has been announced and you can check to see if you’ve won by clicking here.


  1. Pretty! The Miscanthus is a nice touch.

  2. Ryan, it looks great! Sounds very easy to make, I need to try!
    Thank you!

  3. Ryan that looks amazing, I am very impressed.

  4. Fantastic, natural wreath! I was similarly inspired by Sarah, and was suprised how quickly it took shape. I love how they reflect the maker's style and preferences!

  5. Thanks for the comments!

    I just used what was available really and the Miscanthus added much more contrast and texture than most. I like a traditional wreath but also like to change things each year. Who knows what next years will bring?!

    Has anyone else made a wreath?


  6. Absolutely beautiful wreath, Ryan!


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