When you go to prune your grapevine this winter, don’t throw away the trimmings. Fashion them into wreaths and decorate with millet sprays (amaranthus – you can grow your own or buy them from pet stores) and faux flowers. Or if you grew everlasting flowers this year, use those instead. Check out more photos and step-by-step instructions for making this cute wreath here.
Pick flowers from your garden and deliver a handcrafted bouquet to the hostess with the mostess. Or make a wreath for that special occasion. It’s simple! All you need is a floral foam wreath, which is available from florist shops or craft stores, and flowers. Wet the foam, poke holes in it with wire, then insert the flower stems into the holes. Whip it up a day or two before the big day and keep the foam moist and cool.
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My achilleas are flowering their socks off right now (bottom photo). In fact they flower for a fair few months of the year. They’re a superb filler plant, being broad-shouldered, and their tiny flowers last a good two weeks in a vase. But achilleas are vigorous perennials, with a tendency to bowl over less vigorous plants in the same bed. Give them their own contained bed and you’ll have fresh flowers for many months of the year.
Check out the simple head wreath (seen here at Loreta’s blog), which features daisies, chrysanthemums and purple achilleas. I have the daisies and the purple achilleas. I just need to find myself some deep purple chrysanths. Gorgeous!
I made this succulent wreath for a magazine shoot a few years back. Unlike fresh flowers, you can make this well in advance because succulents pretty much last forever (provided you give them the occasional water). All you need to make this wreath is chicken wire (shaped into a 3-D ring), sphagnum moss to line the ring, and free-draining succulent mix to fill it. Then it’s just a matter of poking the succulent cuttings into the wreath. Super easy.
I do like this simple yet eye-catching rustic wreath. And I love that the girls at Studio Choo (via Design Sponge) have used it as an overgrown chandelier. They created it for Thanksgiving celebrations, but you can design a similar wreath for Christmas using red roses in place of peonies. All you need are a few pliable branches (lichen optional), colourful leaves and seed heads (amaranthus is ideal) and a couple of blooms for additional colour.
Makes you hungry, doesn’t it? Over at Design Sponge, the ever-talented girls at Studio Choo Flowers created this living wreath centerpiece for a sunny weekend brunch party. They used strawberry plants, chocolate mint and clusters of honey-scented alyssum but say any small plants can be used. If watered regularly, this cute display will last 4-6 weeks. Click here for step-by-step instructions.