‘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 2018.
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 2018
Daylesford Brompton Cross, London
On 29 November, Daylesford will be hosting a festive evening workshop at their lovely Chelsea farmshop. With plenty of natural foliage and seasonal blooms foraged from Daylesford’s organic Cutting Garden, you’ll make your very own Christmas wreath with guidance from experienced tutors. Seasonal refreshments will be served throughout the evening to add an extra festive touch. 29 November, 6.30-8.30pm. Daylesford Brompton Cross, 78-82 Sloane Avenue, Brompton Cross, London, SW3 3DZ. £125 per person. Book via their website daylesford.com or by calling 01608 731 700.
Capital Gardens, London
Independent London Gardening Company Capital Gardens are hosting three after-hours workshops across their various garden centres in Alexandra Palace, Wandsworth and High Wycombe. Jar and Fern are hosting two classes at Alexandra Palace Garden Centre and Neals Nurseries Garden Centre, while Rosemary Campbell-Preston of the Plant School is hosting a class at the Studley Green Garden Centre. Each class begins with a brief history of festive wreath making, before students are introduced to the seasonal foliage they’re going to be working with. A variety of traditional foliage is available, as well as some more left field options such as Eucalyptus leaves and Asparagus Fern leaves. £30pp. 4 December at Neals Nurseries Garden Centre (Wandsworth) – book tickets here, 5 December at Alexandra Palace Garden Centre – book tickets here, 28 November at Studley Green Garden Centre (High Wycombe) – book tickets here
The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds
Situated in Bury St Edmunds, just a couple of hours away from London, is The Northgate: a beautiful historic house and boutique hotel. This winter they are hosting a wreath making workshop with Amelia Cornish, founder of Amelia Cornish Floral Designs. With Amelia’s expert guidance, guests can create their own wreath using a combination of fresh foliage, dried fruit and berries. This is followed by a lovely afternoon tea, which includes a selection of homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches. 5 December, wreath making 10am-midday then afternoon tea until 1pm, £70pp. To book please call 01284 339604 or email [email protected]
Berry Bros. & Rudd, London
Berry Bros. & Rudd are putting on a wreath making class this December at their historical Pickering Cellar in St. James’ Street, led by Claire Victoria Bowen of Honeysuckle & Hilda. During the two-hour class you’ll create a pretty wreath made up of winter blooms, twigs and foliage – guaranteed to add a little festive cheer to your Instagram feed. As you work, a number of sparkling wines and champagnes will be available for tasting, alongside seasonal canapés and mince pies. Saturday 8 December, 12noon- 2pm. £35 pp, book tickets here
Moyses and Stevens at Battersea Power Station, London
Luxury florists Moyses and Stevens are hosting a wreath making workshop in the Circus West Village at London’s Battersea Power Station. Using a pre-made wreath base, you’ll learn how to build in additional foliage and add seasonal decorations to create a beautiful wreath. Be sure to explore Battersea Power Station’s many restaurants, bars and shops while you’re there, and don’t miss their pretty Christmas tree installation. 2 December, 11am-12.30 £50pp, book tickets here
Bloom & Wild, various locations around the UK
Bloom & Wild are hosting a number of wreath making workshops around the country, across London, Bristol, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Bath and more. During each 90 minute class you’ll learn how to embellish a pine base with fresh foliage, dried oranges, glittering baubles and other festive decorations with the help of their friendly team of florists. A glass of prosecco is served on arrival to spark festive feelings. £50pp, visit bloomandwild.com for more information
Columbia Creative, Shoreditch, London
Head to East London’s Columbia Creative to build your own 12-inch rustic wreath with a mixture of fresh mixed foliage, pinecones and lime slices. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink to enjoy during the hour and a half workshop. £50pp, visit columbiacreative.co.uk
Uncommon Fulham, London
Newly launched co-working space Uncommon Fulham has partnered with Design by Nature to offer guests an introduction to wreath-making. All proceeds will go to local charity Glass Door, an open-access network of emergency winter shelters and support services for men and women affected by homelessness. £12pp, buy tickets here