Now that Spring has well and truly sprung, I frequently see gorgeous wreaths adding a breath of fresh air to doorways across the Cotswolds. I’ve been meaning to find the time to make one but then remembered I did have a go last Spring. It was very rustic but it was the perfect decoration to spruce up our dilapidated shed for the first barbecue of the year.
I used a mixture of homegrown and shop bought items:
Pussy willow was the main base, curled round and tied together into loops with bakers twine – this was quite tricky, hence why my final wreath turned out to be a rather endearing egg shape!
To bulk out the pussy willow I used some hydrangea which I’d been drying from the previous Autumn – these were perfect as a base and together with the willows they created a really good lattice to thread the other flowers in amongst.
I then added phlox, narcissus and daffodils from the garden and bought some bright pink carnations to add into the mix – just because I love them!
I used the bakers twine throughout the wreath to tie the various stalks and stems together – it was very secure by the time I’d finished and looked gorgeous on our sage coloured shed in the dimming light.
At the end of the evening I was slightly heartbroken by our beautiful wreath wilting so quickly, so I made some tiny silver foil pockets filled with wet kitchen roll, and wrapped them around the stems. The daffodils and the carnations lasted pretty well but the phlox really started to droop so this gave them the extra water they needed to last a few more days in our hallway.
This year I want to make something a little more permanent for Easter, as well as a vibrant little flower number – there are some amazing ideas around! Check out the links below for a super inspiring fresh Spring selection…. enjoy! Xx