I am very happy for card makers to use my designs and Tutorials for there own personal use, I give permission to other teachers who have attended my classes to use my Tutorials. but would appreciate a credit to the design and instructions.

please get in touch if you would like more information.

Many thanks

Happy Crafting Yvonne xx

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fresh Christmas Wreath Tutorial

Every year I make my own holly wreath for my front door,
So I decided to do a tutorial, so that you can make your own.

Christmas Wreath instructions by Yvonne Tune
Mossing the wire wreath frame 
(these are available from most florists and garden centres) 
if you can't find one, try overlaying 3or 4 wire coat hangers together pulled out to form a rough circle, tie them together with wire to secure the shape,

1. Secure wire to the wreath frame.

2. Take a clump of moss (as much as you can fit in your hand) and sit it on the frame, bring wire over moss and back under the frame, repeat this until the whole frame is covered,

3. You now need to tightly secure the moss, by going round the frame again, only this time pulling the wire tighter.

Attaching Greenery to the mossed ring
What every greenery you pick from the garden, choose ones that are evergreen,
Alternate each bunch, with a bunch of Christmas tree green.
This will give an even finish to the ring.

1, Start with a bunch of Christmas tree greenery, make each bunch as close in size as the one before. Bring the wire over the bunch of greenery just like you did when mossing the frame
Pull tightly each time to secure the foliage, you will need to wrap the wire over each greenery bunch more than once,

2. Take next bunch of different foliage, and repeat the action until you have totally covered the frame.

 3. You will end up with a gap at the end, but try to keep the gap small,
4. Where the gap is left, this is the perfect place for your ribbon.

To add Fresh fruit, seed heads or artificial Christmas picks or flowers.
You will need heavy gage wire for this, (18 gage)
simply push the wire through the fruit, straight across, towards the bottom, you may need to put 2 wires through the apples

And bend the wire downwards. Use a back of a teaspoon, so you don't bruise the fruit. 

 1 wire for the oranges, should be enough, when you push the wire through the fruit, bend it downwards, Use a back of a teaspoon, so you don't bruise the fruit. 

 Push the wires through the moss frame, and then re-insert the wire by bringing it towards you, and pushing it back into the moss frame, hooking over the side of the frame, to secure it.

You might like to tie small bunches of Cinnamon sticks together with wire, and wrap with string. the Christmas picks are normally already wired just push through the wreath, and hook the wire, back through the frame.
(not shown in picture)

Pine cones can be dried on the radiator to make them open to wrap the wire around, they will close up again once they are outside in the cold. Seed heads, can be attached the same way as the fruit.

Christmas Wreath instructions by Yvonne Tune

Here are a selection of the different foliage's I have used to make the wreath





Nobel Fir


My tip for checking which greenery will last, is to cut small pieces and leave them out over night in the garden, the ones that are still firm should hold for a few weeks.
(my wreath normally lasts 6 weeks, and even then it's still fresh enough, you might need to change the fruit, half way through)

I would love to see your finished wreaths