Make an Autumn Wreath
With Friend of Joules, Florence and Flowers
Ready to face a new floral challenge? We’re loving the rich colours, rustic feel and impressive longevity of dried flowers and grasses this season. Our friend, Carly from Florence and Flowers, shows us how to create a stunning autumnal wreath with staying power.
The rich and vibrant changing colours of autumn are reflected in the dried flowers and foliage chosen to make this autumnal wreath. As darker nights descend, bringing the warmer tones of autumn into our interior décor helps to create a warm and comforting home, reflective of the season. The mixture of grasses, such as dried wheat and barley, pays homage to a rustic, harvest design and as the warmer months draw to a close, we relish any opportunity to get outdoors and forage for naturally dried seed heads, grasses and pods which can be incorporated to great effect into autumnal arrangements.”
- Start with the wire wreath ring and tie the length of natural twine onto the top of the ring (this will be used to hang your completed wreath.)
- Unravel a short piece of wire from the reel of wire and tie onto the wreath ring. Keeping the wire taut on the reel use it to bind moss securely onto the frame all of the way around the ring using an up and under motion. An even, thick layer of moss will help to make the wreath look fuller and more sumptuous. You won’t see the moss once the wreath is completed so this is a good opportunity to practise your binding skills without worrying about being too neat! Leave the reel of wire attached, you will use it again shortly.
- Starting at the top of the wreath ring begin to bind on your dried flowers and foliage in little bunches. Including a sturdy grass such as wheat or barley into each bunch provides a good structure for your wreath. Cut down several stems of different foliage and grasses and group them together in your hand to create a wide, fan-shaped bunch. Stems of approximately 15 cm work well so you will be able to cut several pieces from longer stems.
- Use the reel wire (still attached to the ring) to bind the stem section of the bunch tightly onto the ring so that the flowers are lying flat on top of the moss.
- Lay each additional bunch so that it overlaps the stems of the last bunch and the wire will be kept hidden from view each time. You might like to bind smaller bunches towards the centre of the ring then larger bunches on the outside edges to give a fuller look.
- When you bind the last bunch on, lift the very first bunch and tuck the stems of the final spray of flowers and foliage neatly underneath. Finish by firmly wrapping the wire round the last stems several times then tie off and cut the wire, bending the sharp end round and embedding firmly into the mossed base.
- Use the shorter lengths of thicker green stubb wires to attach any additional embellishments, such as pine cones or orange slices, piercing through the moss base and bending back the end of the wire, to ensure no sharp pieces are left protruding.
- Hang your wreath with pride using the attached twine and enjoy throughout all of autumn and beyond!”
Carly from Florence and Flowers; a farmer’s wife, mum to four and floral designer. Living in the Suffolk countryside she loves all things natural and rustic and has been creating arrangements from long lasting dried flowers for several years. From starting at her kitchen table at home and building the business year on year, Florence and Flowers has now developed into a small team of enthusiastic and talented ladies who we are proud to call our Friends.
Thank you so much Carly, we can’t wait to give this a try. Short on time? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with ready-made wreath options and floral displays that’ll bring all the autumn feels into your home.
Materials for Autumn Wreath
- A wire wreath ring
- A bag of dried or preserved moss
- A reel of mossing wire
- A length of twine or ribbon (to hang your wreath)
- A wide variety of dried and preserved flowers and foliage, including a bunch of dried wheat or barley, preserved eucalyptus, poppy seed heads, canary grass, hare's tails, nigella seed pods, thistles, fern, helichrysums and flax
- Orange slices
- Green stubb wires