Design Your Very Own Christmas Wreath at Home (In Just Eight Easy Steps!)
The festive season is just around the corner and we love nothing more than decorating our hotels to show off our favourite time of the year. We have the perfect activity for you to try that will give your home that instant Christmas feeling. A Christmas wreath can be displayed proudly on your front door to welcome Christmas visitors or hung inside for you and your family to enjoy.
Keep reading to find out what you need to design your very own Christmas Wreath.
Battery powered & waterproof fairy lights
A Norton Wreath
Our favourite Christmas wreath decorations:
Snow in a can spray
Bunches of faux cranberries/red berries
We’re going to start our decorating by preparing the oranges. You may have been wondering whether that was going to be a snack whilst you’re decorating, but it’s actually going to make a beautiful addition to your wreath (both visually and with its gorgeous scent).
Begin by pre-heating your oven to 120°C. Slice your orange into 1-2 cm thick slices and pat dry with a clean tea towel. Pop your orange slices onto a metal cooling rack over a baking try, this will ensure they don’t burn or stick. Once in the oven, leave them in there for about 3 hours, turning every 30 minutes or so.
Whilst your orange slices are drying, you can start decorating your Christmas wreath!
As with a Christmas Tree, your decorating will start with the lights. Wrap your lights around the whole wreath and secure the battery pack out of sight with your craft wire. Turn the lights on to ensure they are evenly placed around your wreath.
Next, pine cones. Spray your pine cones with your snow in a can to give them a snow kissed look. Allow them to dry and then secure them onto your wreath with your craft wire. To secure them, wrap the wire around the middle of the pine cone and tie on the back to hide the wire.
Remember to leave space for your other decorations…
In the spaces between the pine cones, arrange your baubles and use the craft wire to thread through the hook on the top of the bauble to secure to your wreath.
Bunch together 2 – 3 of your cinnamon sticks and tie them together with your festive red ribbon. Create as many cinnamon stick bunches as you like and secure them by threading your craft wire through the back of the ribbon then tying to the wreath. Do the same with your faux bunches of cranberries/red berries and place around your wreath.
It’s all coming together now! All you need to add now are your orange slices, which can either be secured with any leftover red ribbon or craft wire.
Time for the centre piece. Add an eye-catching finishing touch to the top centre of your wreath. You could use the festive symbol of love and attached a beautiful bunch of mistletoe or even add a big red bow on top.
Show off your festive creation and find the perfect place to show off your new wreath. Use the remainder of your red ribbon to create a loop to display your wreath for all visitors to enjoy during Christmas time.
What to be even more creative? Check out these additional Christmas wreath decoration ideas
Cotton wool for a snow topped effect
Wooden letters that spell out ‘Joy’ or ‘Noel’
Mini Christmas stockings
Join us at our Christmas Wreath Making Workshops
Visit us at Alexander House in Sussex, Barnett Hill in Surrey or Great Fosters near Windsor with Rebecca from Lily’s Flowers to create your very own Christmas Wreath with all the festive accessories included.
Lily’s Flowers love creating their own Christmas wreaths and delight in sharing their top tips with others. They told us exactly why they love it so much:
There is such a sense of achievement when you take a wreath home that has been made with your own fair hands! There is nothing better than coming home and seeing your stunning creation adorning your front door. A real treat not only for yourself but all your friends and visitors over the festive season.
At our workshops, you can watch as Rebecca demonstrates how you can make a wonderful Christmas Wreath before you design your own and once your wreath has been created, indulge in a festive feast of lunch or afternoon tea at our beautiful hotels.
We would love to see your Christmas wreath creations! Share your Christmas wreath pictures with us on social media using #AlexanderMoments.
Find out how to book your place at our wreath making workshops below.