‘Tis the season to brighten up your home with a beautiful Christmas wreath – but if you’d rather make your own than invest in shop-bought décor, we’ve got some top tips for wreath decorating straight from the experts, plus a few of the best wreath-making classes happening for 2019.
The ultimate way to get excited about Christmas this year is to book in for a wreath-making masterclass. Keep reading to find out where you can get some help from the experts this year, or follow our guide below to make your own Christmas wreath in your very own home.
5 tips to decorate your own Christmas wreath
- Always work in a clockwise direction, following the wreath’s branches. This will help the wreath’s design to ‘flow’.
- Start by adding foliage and natural leaves. We worked with eucalyptus branches to add texture to the wreath.
- Use a natural hessian ribbon to tie your wreath to your door, and work with a strong floral wire to wrap around your decorations and insert into the wreath to hold in place.
- Keep it natural. If you use natural ingredients like dried fruit, lavender and acorns, rather than going crazy with the tinsel, the whole wreath will dry out evenly and continue to smell great all season.
- Work with bunches. Our teacher advised grouping two or three of each item together on the wreath to give more of an organised feel to your design. Tie together a few cinnamon sticks, group a couple of slices of dried orange and wire together three acorns to attach.
Christmas Wreath Making Classes in London and Beyond 2019
By Daniella Saunders
Wreath Making Delivered’s Jo Woodward is taking to a number of central London locations to spread her wreath-making wisdom. From Boxpark in Shoreditch, to Diorama London, bring the friends and family along to join Jo in making your very own bespoke Christmas decoration. View the full list of workshops at columbiacreative.co.uk
Christmas Wreath and Chocolate Truffle Making Workshop at The Grove
Just outside of London lies the beautiful Grove Hotel surrounded by 300 acres of prepossessing parkland. Head there for a delicious Christmas Wreath and Chocolate Truffle Making Workshop – think salted caramel and indulgently boozy flavours – with the hotel’s pastry chef, Ryan Thompson, and head gardener, Natasha Geldenhuys. Guests will also get the opportunity to enjoy lunch at the hotel’s illustrious restaurant, The Glasshouse, as well as a celebratory glass of bubbles. 9 – 10 December, £125 per person. The Grove, Chandlers Cross, WD3 4TG. Book via thegrove.co.uk
Wreath-making and Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
Spend a day putting together a wintry wreath using woodland materials and plenty of seasonal foliage at Bath’s five-star Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. Guided by The Lane floristry founder Emily Clarke, the two-hour workshop is followed by a sumptuous Champagne Afternoon Tea at the hotel’s award-winning Dower House restaurant. 6 December, £80 per person. 16 Royal Crescent, BA1 2LS Bath, Somerset; book via eventbrite.co.uk
Christmas Wreath-Making Workshop at Chicama
London-based florist Fine Stems and Peruvian restaurant Chicama have teamed up to host a one-of-a-kind Christmas wreath making workshop and dinner, comprising of a delicious eight-course tasting menu, festive tipples – including a ‘Pisco Sour’ cocktail – and, of course, wreath-making tips from the experts, all on the heated terrace overlooking the King’s Road. £130, 10 December, chicamalondon.com
Wreath-Making with Diptyque at Hotel Café Royal
Put together a fragrant wreath with the help of Hotel Café Royal’s florist, Jamie Aston and French perfumery Diptyque, embellished with scented ovals and a final spritz of the Diptyque fragrance of your choice. As it’s the season for merriment, the workshop also includes a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot, canapés and a treat from Cakes & Bubbles, the hotel’s patisserie. Guests can also take home a full-size version of the coveted Diptyque Baies candle. Select dates from 25 November – 16 December 2019, £145 per person. 10 Air St, Soho, London W1B 4DY. Book via hotel-cafe-royal.com.
Make Your Own Christmas Wreaths for Two at M.Y.O
From baubles to berries, chestnuts, twines and cinnamon sticks, decorate your very own wreath at M.Y.O, accompanied by an array of yuletide tunes. Take a friend, BYO booze, and pick up some serious wreath-making techniques which will make any neighbour envious of your festive front door. buyagift.co.uk
Christmas Wreath-Making at DUKES London
Head to the time-honoured Royal Warrant hotel in St James’s for a festive wreath-making workshop with Your London Florist on the 9th and 16th December, along with a generous helping of cocktails and canapés. 9 & 16 December, 1pm – 4pm, £90 per person. dukeshotel.com
Create a Christmas Wreath in the Cotswolds
Why not escape the city for a pre-Christmas break in the Cotswolds, where you can work a festive wreath-making masterclass into the mix. Indulge in mulled wine and mince pies while crafting a bespoke wreath at the Upper Rissington Village Hall, with the guidance of award-winning florist and co-founder of The Stow Flower Shop, Sophie. 6 December, 7pm. Book via eventbrite.co.uk
The Sustainable Wreath Workshop with Lex Hamilton
Putting a sustainable spin on the traditional art of wreath-making, florist Lex Hamilton will be hosting an environmentally friendly wreath workshop, using an array of natural, compostable and reusable decorations and trimmings, from British foliage to dried ingredients and beautiful hand-dyed silk ribbons. There will also be a generous helping of mince pies, mulled wine and Michael Bublé. 11 December, 7.30pm, Gipsy Hill Brewing Company. Tickets £35. Book via eventbrite.co.uk