So last weekend I had the pleasure of being a welcomed guest at what I can only refer to as the happiest, sunniest, most tear-jerking wedding ever! It was the wedding of my gorgeous friend Anna and her rather debonair fiancé Ben. I affectionately refer to them as BenAnna, and have found over time that many other friends do too! No surprises there, I’m sure, it’s really just too easy!
Now, you’re probably wondering, “What’s all that got to do with the title of this post?” Quite a lot actually! Having seen a few wreaths I made in the past, Anna requested that I created a special one for her big day! Needless to say, I was most honoured by her request, for a few reasons other than being her friend. Namely, it’s for her wedding day, the day EVERYONE wants to ‘get it ALL RIGHT’, and I’m not a professional florist by any stretch of the imagination… just a crazy lady who loves flowers so much I’d be more than happy to spend my very last penny on fresh flowers for my home, then sit pretty with them and drink water in unison. I digress… I excitedly agreed to make something beautiful for my friend’s wedding, despite not having a clue where to begin. “Yes, of course, I’d be happy to do that for you”, while an amazing whimsical masterpiece of a wildflower wreath floats about in my mind’s eye.
Why a wildflower wreath? I chose flowers that (in my opinion) reflected Anna’s personality and demeanour, and by extension, the vision she expressed for her wedding. Anna is one of the most calm, relaxed and caring persons I know; she enjoys and celebrates the simpler things in life. She’s that girl you’d imagine ambling curiously in a meadow interspersed with dainty blooms and butterflies, enjoying elements of nature and just being. Unsurprisingly, Anna & Ben’s wedding reception took the form of a beautiful, relaxed at-home Garden Summer Party, attended by lovely friends and family, following a tear-jerking ceremony in a quaint and cosy little Church in Chelsfield aged over 900 years. All this magical goodness on what turned out to be the most beautiful day of the year so far in the UK, it really couldn’t get any better!
It turns out, my idea to create a whimsical wildflower wreath was most fitting after all. I was so pleased with the outcome that I decided to share this post about how I made it. Incidentally, my choice of flowers included some of my favourite blooms, so that made it an even more enjoyable creative process for me.
Without further ado, here’s how to make a pretty wildflower wreath.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Variety of blooms (Here I’ve used 10 stems of Camomile, 3 stems of Blue Scabiosa, 5 stems of Bupleurum, 5 stems of Craspedia, and a single Yves Piaget Garden Rose)
- Green florist tape
- Covered medium gauge florist wire (for the frame)
- Fine gauge florist wires (for affixing flowers)
- Wire cutter (if your wires aren’t pre-cut)
- A keen eye for detail
- Tons of enthusiasm
1. Use 2 covered medium gauge florist wires to form the frame for your wreath, bend the ends to form a hook and eye for the closure.
Useful tip: To cover wires with green florist tape as I’ve done, simply adhere the tape to one end of the wire, then roll the wire continuously between your index finger and thumb, allowing the tape to wrap around diagonally until you get to the end of the wire. This will ensure the colour of your wire frame blends in better with the base foliage of your wreath.
2. Select a few sprigs of 6 to 8-inch Bupleurum greenery with long stems and affix the stems onto your frame with florist tape.
3. Wrap the branches of Bupleurum greenery around the wire following the natural curves and overall shape of the greenery. This makes overall coverage of your wreath frame easier.
4. Repeat the process, adding greenery in the same direction around the wreath. Tuck the last branch of greenery underneath the starting piece and check for desired distribution of greenery. Trim as needed.
5. Add your first layer of camomile flowers in a similar fashion as you did the greenery in step 3, only this time using the fine gauge florist wire instead of tape.
6. Repeat step 4 with camomile flowers, securing each stem with thin florist wire until you are happy with the density of the wreath. Trim as needed.
Useful tip: To help your wreath maintain a more natural, wild and free character, go easy on the trimming and allow foliage and flowers to protrude from the frame organically.
7. Wrap fine florist wire around a few gathered bunches of camomile flowers lengthwise (as done with scabiosas in image 9), and redirect the flower heads so they’re frontal facing on the wreath.
8. Insert florist wire in the blue scabiosa flower head, make a small loop at one end and pull towards the center of the bloom, conceal the wire.
9. Wrap the rest of the wire around the flower stem lengthwise. This will allow you to position the blooms in your desired direction once on they’ve been added to the wreath.
10. Secure focal flower stems to the wreath and position flower heads as desired. I’ve added some stems of dried Craspedia (billy balls) here to boldly echo the yellow from the dainty camomile flowers.
Useful tip: To keep your wreath looking fresh, spritz your finished wreath with water and place in the refrigerator in an airtight plastic bag until it’s time for use.
11. Add ribbon to wreath before hanging.
As I mentioned earlier, last Saturday was a very warm and sunny day and whilst that made me extremely happy, it made keeping this pretty wreath fresh throughout the journey a bit challenging. Of course, I’m always up for a challenge and was rather pleased with myself when I came up with this brilliant solution at the last minute.
I placed the wreath in one of my craft boxes (it fit like a glove!), and turned it into a make-shift cooler box for the journey by taping this pretty pink freezer pack to the lid of the box. I reserved a few stems of camomile which I transported in a small zippy plastic bag with a bit of water. These stems were later added to the wreath once it was secured in it’s final position at the reception. This is optional but I wanted to add more forward facing camomile blooms after installation for a fuller look.
I’m pleased to announce that, thanks to my little ‘cooler box’, the wreath arrived wilt free and was still looking very fresh up until I left the party about an hour before midnight!
Anna loved her wreath, and so did her guests. Needless to say, that made me very happy! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a great weekend!
All images in this post are property of Nova Williams at 18chelseamews.com.