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Christmas mini-series episode 1 | Creating a sustainable Christmas wreath

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In the first episode of our Christmas mini-series, Sarah and Arthur give you all the tools you need to make a sustainable Christmas wreath that will stand out this festive period. From their top foraged finds to the best ways to add a little sparkle to your homemade wreath for less…

 

In this episode, discover...

  • Real inspiration for wreaths from outside your back door 
  • Sarah and Arthur’s top choices for a Christmas wreath

 

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Mini-series episode 1 advice sheet

Top materials for a foraged Christmas wreath

  • A dried tapestry of dock leaves. Great for decorating on a budget and really unusual
  • Arthur used a moss base for his wreath and made the dock seed heads into individual posies. Reminiscent of a grouse’s nest – copper-wire fairy lights create a wonderful contrast against the tones of brown and make anything look stylish
  • Bracken - Before it gets sopping wet, a beautiful, burnished honey blond – the colour of highland cattle. The structure of bracken also forms a really lovely base, which no one will mind you picking!
  • Sarah and Arthur often forage for silver birch – a wonderful material for any Christmas wreath, it’s willingness to bend makes it so easy to use. Don’t tie it too tightly, as it’s shagginess creates a gorgeous organic look
  • Eucalyptus – the silver underside of the leaves is a great way to lift your wreath and isn’t just stylish, but very much in vogue! Not to mention that when dried, it can be used over, and over again 
  • Rosemary – an evergreen that’s still looking fresh as a daisy way into the winter months. When crushed, evokes a wonderful aroma 
  • Hebe – great for wreath making 
  • Evergreen Viburnum – Sarah goes for Viburnum ‘Tinus’

 

For more flowery or berry bling, add…

  • Ivy flowers and their waxy leaves – ensure they’ve absorbed lots of water or they’ll quickly need rehydrating
  • Crab apple – a bit of this is great for colour
  • Holly  
  • Chinese lanterns 
  • Spindle – an incredible pink colour – sings out against eucalyptus and silver birch
  • Hydrangeas - red burgundy, acrid green ‘Annabelle’ and ‘Incrediball’ – pick in advance before the first frost to retain colour 

Sarah’s top 5 for a Christmas wreath 

Arthur’s top 5 for a spectacular Christmas wreath 


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