What is it?
People have been making wreaths – ring-shaped decorations made with flowers, leaves or other materials – since ancient times. Christmas wreaths, usually hung on a front door, are some of the most traditional and iconic of festive decorations.
We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but, holidays are comin’, it’s Chriiiiiiiistmas, and the most wonderful time of the year. A wreath making workshop is a great thing to do with mates right now, especially if you’ve reached mulled wine overload and you’re looking for something a bit less boozy. (That said, many workshops do include mulled beverages. And mince pies.)
If you don’t celebrate Christmas, you could still make yourself a cheering ‘winter’ wreath. The evergreen foliage and the circular shape of a wreath has long been seen as a symbol that life and hope carries on, even through the bleakest of winters.
What equipment do I need?
You’ll need hardy scissors, secateurs and floristry wire. Then you’ll require some kind of ring-shaped base, covered with moss or floristry foam, which you can stick your greenery into. If you’re feeling super ambitious you can fashion this yourself, but many workshops will give you one ready made (or you can buy one at a garden centre or at an online store such as Etsy.)
When it comes to foliage and decoration, the choices are endless. Ferns, holly, ivy, baubles, pine cones, twigs, ribbons, pine cones – let your Christmas spirit guide you. We say more is probably more in this situation.
Who are the experts and how do I learn?
There are hundreds of wreath-making workshops being held in the run up to Christmas. South Londoners can learn with chic and welcoming floral stylists Bloomologie (from £60) while Columbia Creative will be hosting various workshops in Shoreditch throughout the season (from £50). It’s worth booking quickly, however, as crafty festive classes are selling out fast. If you’d rather go-it-alone, there are hundreds of tutorials available on Pinterest or Youtube.
More Christmas Wreath Making Classes in London:
The South London Botanical Institute (Tulse Hill)
Shilpa Reddy Flower Design (Covent Garden)
Bramble and Ross (Richmond)
Who will I meet?
You could meet absolutely anyone, but chances are they’ll have festive spirit and crafty credentials in abundance. Once you get the Christmas tunes on, you’ll probably be new best friends.
How do I become a teacher’s pet?
There’s no ‘wrong’ way to decorate a wreath. So just take your time, listen to the instructions and, most importantly, have fun.