What style Christmas wreath will you be choosing for your front door this year? With so many to choose from, it can be a little daunting but I find myself with the foragers on this one …
What is a foraged wreath?
This is a wreath, bunch or garland which is put together with ‘found’ foliage (from gardens and hedgerows) and is then mixed with any combination of decorations, fir cones, feathers, fruits and flowers.
Here are three foraged wreath ideas from the Berkshire and Oxfordshire countryside, including a simple step-by-step guide for one I made for our front door last year:
1. Foraged wreath
Edwina Sercombe is an Oxfordshire-based events organiser who specialises in foraged Christmas wreaths and flower arrangements such as this wonderful pheasant feathered wreath. Edwina also runs courses and can be contacted at Eddiesercombe@googlemail.com. This was one of Edwina’s luxury wreaths at the recent Cuxham Christmas Market in Oxfordshire.
2. Asymmetrical foraged wreath
I love the simplicity and contrast of the soft foliage with the twig wreath.
Lois Kirsten made this asymmetric wreath, which is hanging on the barn door to her Little Christmas Fair (gifts with textiles by Rebecca Engels) in Beenham, Berkshire (next opens Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December, 10 am – 4 pm, The Barn at Lark Rise, Lambdens Hill, Beenham, Reading, Berks RG7 5LG). Tea, coffee and homemade cakes served all day. You can see a selection of gifts for sale in the barn in next week’s Christmas Gift Guide on the blog.
3. Foraged Christmas bunch – step-by-step guide
I chop a branch or two off the back of our Christmas tree to form the basis for our Christmas ‘bunch’ – or ‘compost’ as Angus our son so delightfully describes it! I then add in whatever is available from the garden or any natural treasures found when I am out and about on walks.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope this has given you some inspiration and that you might be able to get your hands on a bit of foraged foliage too. Keep your eyes peeled for next weekend, because back by popular demand is the blog’s Christmas Gift Guide 2018!
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With many thanks, Charis x