When the invitation dropped in my inbox for a Christmas wreath making class I couldn’t have been more excited. I love styling my house especially at Christmas. I’m not particularly crafty. I’m more of a customiser. By that, I mean improving or blinging up as I like to call it, something basic I already have; like my Christmas tree here.
The workshop was an intimate event. Naomi, owner of House of Botanics at Stack Newcastle invited six North East bloggers to sample her new Christmas workshop.
I wasn’t a wreath virgin. Don’t get excited though, I’ve only ever made one of my own from scratch before and that was many years ago, even before the kids I think.
Naomi started us off with copper wire wreath rings that she had prepared with moss. This provides the base for all of the foliage to be bound to with floristry wire.
Naomi was a very patient teacher showing us all step by step what we needed to do.
Here’s me concentrating; a-binding we will go!!
I Actually Found It Quite Therapeutic
This part is actually the longest as it takes a lot of foliage to pack out a wreath. We used a mixture of holly, ivy, spruce and fir. The good thing is it’s really difficult to go wrong. The more you add the greenery the more of your mistakes you can hide.
So Far So Good
We were a hive of activity like Santa’s elves!!
This is the point at which we started adding the decorations. There was a good mixture to choose from including dried oranges and limes, chillies, fir cones, apple slices and more. Naomi explained that the groupings need to be arranged in odd numbers. It’s something about it not looking too symmetrical.
For those of us who wanted to add a bow Naomi then showed us how to make one. This was the hardest part. I made three attempts and gave up. I think Naomi made the bows for all of us who wanted them. Yes, she is that patient 😉
I Was Pretty Pleased With the End Result
I thought I’d give you a little peak of the shop, too. It’s an absolute cornucopia. So many unusual green gifts to choose from and bang on trend with shelves overflowing with plants, pots, succulents, baskets and candles. An interior lover’s dream destination.
Naomi’s wreath workshops are available to book in the run up to Christmas. They are priced at £35.00 per person which includes all materials needed for your wreath. Refreshments are included which for us were mince pies and cinnamon biscuits washed down with a warming cuppa. It’s a great way to have a girlie catchup. A couple of my blogger friends I’ve known for a while and some I met for the first time. Do you know we hardly talked about blogging. We were transfixed with our crafty creations.
Here we are at the end of our 2.5 hours. It’s fascinating isn’t it how we all started out with the same materials yet they all look so individual … just like us!
I customised my wreath a step further by adding sprouts and some fairy lights at home. Had to be done!
Here It Is Hanging Proudly On My Front Door
Happy festive decorating xo