How to make a festive door wreath
Having realised her dream to open a floristry shop - Flowers Made With Love on Newmarket’s Sun Lane - Rebecca Christie shows us how to make a festive door wreath, step by step
Flowers are in Rebecca Christie’s blood. Throughout her childhood, her parents ran a flower farm just outside Newmarket, growing dozens of varieties - gyp, asters, statice, scabious, michaelmas daisies - for Covent Garden’s famous market. There are photos of a young Rebecca, says mum Sandra Bryson-Hill, with “the old Fergie tractor, its trailer so full of gyp it looked like a cloud being pulled along”.
Though their styles differ - mum favours classic country, while daughter has a more contemporary aesthetic - “my mum’s a big part of this,” says Rebecca. “She’s often in the shop. Her knowledge is amazing; she’s taught me so much.”
Having just opened her own floristry store, Flowers Made With Love on Newmarket’s Sun Lane, Rebecca says she’s always wanted to run a shop: “My sister and I always said we’d have a shop when we were little. It was an ice cream shop, though. . .”
But it wasn’t until her youngest son, Rocco, now 8, went to nursery that Rebecca started honing her floristry skills and, encouraged by friends and family, decided to go into business. Put on pause when husband Dale’s job took the family to South Africa, when they returned to Rebecca’s native Newmarket last year, the time was finally right to focus on flowers.
“I started at home, but it took off so fast my kitchen looked, well, like this shop does now,” she laughs. “It had outgrown the space, I saw this shop was vacant. . . And now Flowers Made With Love is here!”
Championing British flowers, Rebecca is also passionate about keeping price-points affordable: “Having flowers in the house really lifts the spirits. Everybody should be able to enjoy that.”
As well as flowers, foliage, plants and floristry sundries, Flowers Made With Love sells handmade cards and gifts, too. Keen to support both fellow creatives and local indies, Rebecca has just taken delivery of a collection of festive felt decorations by Hardwick-based Kit n Mouse.
With demand for her flowers soaring - she’s already booking up for wedding season - Rebecca says “this is a dream, really. I just love it”.
You will need:
12in metal wreath frame
Reel of florist’s bindwire
Bag of damp sphagnum moss
Selection of foraged evergreen foliage
Few stems of natural berries
Few stems of twigs, sprayed copper
Focal embellishments, such as wooden ornaments and metallic berries
First you need to prep your wreath ring. Knot the end of your bindwire reel to the outer edge and then wrap it round the frame, forming a zig-zag pattern and creating a firm base for your design. Tie off the bindwire once you’ve worked all the way round.
Next, add the moss. Again, knot the free end of your wire reel to the frame. Take a handful of moss, press it firmly onto the frame, then wrap the wire around to secure it. Repeat this process until your whole frame is mossed.
Snip three or four short stems of foliage from your evergreen branches. Arrange the fronds into a bunch. Starting from the point at which you finished mossing - where your reel wire is still attached - poke the stems into the moss base and wrap the wire around them to secure.
Now make a second bunch and tuck it under your first, taking care to poke your stems into the moss, so they stay damp, and wrapping with wire to secure. Repeat until your whole wreath is full.
You want all the foliage ‘flowing’ in the same direction; if the inner edge of your wreath looks a bit bare, you can add a ring of smaller bunches to plump it up. Varying the types of foliage - adding in a sprig of your berries at intervals, for example - adds interest.
Now for the fun part: adding embellishments. Choose a focal point - off centre looks contemporary - and attach your main ornaments; in Rebecca’s case, a pair of little copper-painted wooden trees. Poke a few sprays of your metallic twigs behind the ornaments, so they create a fan-shaped backdrop.
Finally dot some clusters of your metallic berries - Rebecca uses copper-sprayed pepper berries - around the remainder of your wreath, to balance the design and add a little extra sparkle. . . Your wreath is now ready to hang on the door!
Flowers Made With Love is at Sun Lane, Newmarket. If you want to follow this step-by-step and make your own wreath, you’ll find the kit you need in store. Rebecca is also taking orders for bespoke wreaths ready to hang. To find out more, call 07902 566686. Follow @flowersmadewithlove on social for updates.
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