How to make your own Christmas wreath at home

The season of giving always puts us in the mood to make something festive, so why not handcraft something special that can be given as a gift or used to decorate your home?

This handy guide will teach you how to make a beautiful Christmas garden wreath using Australian native plants and flowers that can be found in your backyard. You could also add this DIY to your December festivities and gather a group of friends and family together to have a lovely wreath making day.

What flowers or plants should I use?

You will probably be making this wreath in advance to last through the month of December. So using  Australian native plants is clever, as they are both long-lasting and still remain beautiful once they dry up. 

When making your Christmas wreath, keep in mind you will need enough plants and foliage to create three layers:

The base: This becomes the backing of your wreath

Flourishes of foliage: The trimmings. They can be your subtle supporters in a wreath or even the shining showstoppers.

Centrepieces: Flowers and plants that draw the eye to their beauty and finish off your wreath.

A great mixture of foliage and flowers currently in season include Eucalyptus, Christmas bush, Banksia, Bottlebrush, Feijoa duffy tree, Protea, Firs, Diosma, Rosemary, Gum nuts and flowering gums like Corymbia ficifolia.

What you'll need

  • Freshly-picked plants and foliage
  • Pruning scissors
  • Garden wire
  • Floristry hoop or double-ring wire frame
  • Floristry mesh or moss (we used coconut fibre basket liner)
  • Wooden letters (to spell out JOY)

See more DIY and craft ideas on Jenna's blog or her YouTube channel.

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