Wreath making is one of the most popular in nature crafts. With a little imagination you can
make simple but beautiful wreaths from wheat straws, fresh or dried flowers,
foliage or almost any material you
can think of. A beautiful wreath can be used as decoration to accentuate a wall or
a door. They also make wonderful personal gifts for your friends and
Wreaths had been in vogue even from very ancient times. They
were used as a symbol of triumph for crowning military and athletic champions,
exchanged as a symbol of bestowing good health among friends, were worn to
honour religious events and were and still is used to honour the dead at funerals.
types of techniques can be combined to make wreaths that complement your tastes and decor. You need to decide on the type of wreath you want to
make, whether with dried materials or fresh materials. It can be as simple or as complicated as you choose. Some of the materials used
for making wreaths are wheat straws, ivy, ferns, pine,
leaves, grape vine, moss, cloth, cards, dried flowers, cardboard etc
We need a base or frame to start on. Frames can be of wire, vines
and twigs or flower foams. Vines such as grape, honeysuckle etc or twigs can be curved into any shape and
still looks attractive even if it is seen through the wreath material especially
a wreath made with dried materials. If the vines are dry and crack or break while
curving, soak in water overnight. Long lengths of vine can be coiled continuously
to make a large frame or 4 to 5 short pieces of wine can be held together,
curved around to form a frame. Holding the frame, weave one or two wines around the base to
hold the coils together.
Wire frames are available in many sizes and are usually
made from heavy-gauge floral wire. Single wire rings can also be used to make
light, delicate wreaths. Wire frames can be covered with moss or straw and is
ideal as a base for fresh plants. Place a handful of moss or straw against the
wire frame and bind it on the frame using thick twine or wire. Continue adding
moss or straw to cover the whole frame and to get the desired thickness. Moss
should be soaked in water for some hours and excess water squeezed out before
using it for the frame.
||Heavy-gauge wire wreath base (37cm)
||Wheat straws - 100 nos with heads, trimmed to 4 inches.
||Medium gauge floral wire
||Large velvet or any type of ribbon bow
||3 Dried Roses
Procedures to make Wheat and Roses Wreath
First, take three to five wheat straws together and arrange them
into small bouquets. Attach the first bouquet against the wire base and securing it in place by tightly wrapping
several times with floral wire. Attach the next bouquet so that it
covers the stems of the previous bouquet. Continue wiring bouquets of wheat
until the wire bases is completely covered, tucking the stems of the last bouquet under the first
bouquet to conceal the stems.
Wire the bow to the top of the wreath and form loops and curves
in the streamers as desired. Position the roses evenly around the wreath, and
hot-glue them deep into the wheat.