Last Christmas, I made my first door wreath, using a wicker wreath base, copper fairy lights and eucalyptus. It worked so well that this year I’ve made some eucalyptus winter wreaths for our living room.
What You Need To Make Winter Wreaths with Embroidery Hoops and Foliage
All you need to make winter wreaths are:
- A selection of embroidery hoops, in various sizes*, £9.99
- Floristry wire*, £2.25
- Secateurs*, £10.93
- Eucalyptus and baby’s breath, around £1 a stem from a florist
You can collect foliage from your garden, or local common grounds too if you like. I just love the smell and look of eucalyptus, and it stays looking lovely even after it has dried out and gone crispy. This makes it perfect for wreath making. I was planning to get normal white baby’s breath (gypsophila), but I found some in my local florist’s that is sprayed pink, which I couldn’t resist.
How To Make Winter Wreaths with Embroidery Hoops and Foliage
- First, cut some short lengths of floristry wire, about 6-7 cm long.
- Next, use your secateurs to trim your eucalyptus to size, I used two pieces per hoop.
- Do the same with your baby’s breath, I cut mine quite short.
- Place your lengths of eucalyptus over your hoop, overlapped them at the bottom. Place them pointing upwards from the bottom, or, if you want to completely cover your embroidery hoop, have them all facing the same way. Add more until you are happy with the effect.
- Secure the eucalyptus with your floristry wire, beneath the leaves, and if needed, slide the leaves down to cover the wire as much as you can.
- Finally, slot your baby’s breath in between the hoop and eucalyptus, and through the wire. I chose to add mine all in one bunch at the point where the bits of eucalyptus meet but you can freestyle this to create the look you want. I think off-setting the flowers looks best, but make sure yours go both sides if you are making an arrangement of several hoops like me.
- Hang your hoops, making sure to balance your arrangement by varying the sizes and putting them at different heights. You could hang them in a horizontal or vertical row, but that would require quite a lot of precision measuring so I’m not keen on that!
You can easily make these winter wreaths more Christmassy, by using holly, Christmas tree offcuts and baubles.
Even though I am calling these ‘Winter Wreaths’ I have actually had them up all year as they are so pretty. Here is how they look now (mid-August) A crispy, dried out and slightly faded version of the original, but still looking good!
Why not Pin this easy wreath tutorial for later?