For the past 3 years I have foraged and made my own Christmas wreath to hang on the front door, it’s the start of a tradition which I would love to aim to keep. However this year was a little last minute and I had to use what we had growing in the back garden instead of foraging in the New Forest like I usually do.
I’ll admit there wasn’t much to choose from but luckily the bay tree needed a huge trim which turned out to be perfect really! I used green florist wire to attach the branches together, creating a circle of the thicker branches so they were nice and strong and didn’t break or bend too much. After spending about 20 minutes playing around with the branches and wire I managed to get a rough circle that I was happy with, I then simply weaved some of the longer stems which were poking off in funny directions around the circle of branches. There were a few gaps so I added a few small branches of bay to bulk it out a little and then used some natural twine to loop around the wreath so I could hang it up. To finish it all off I found and added a few fennel seed heads and ta-da… A very simple, rustic herbal wreath which I am actually rather pleased with. It’s now hanging on the front door looking (and smelling) lovely 🙂