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How to: Make an autumn wreath

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Selecting foliage for an autumn wreath
Faux foliage works just as beautifully as real, and will last throughout autumn
Jennifer, from @crack_the_shutters, shows us how to mark the changing seasons with a natural and easy-to-make autumn wreath using dried foliage in hues of deep greens and rich reds.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
  • A wicker or jute wreath ring. Willow also works well
  • A mix of fresh or faux foliage
  • Floristry wire
  • String or ribbon to hang
STEP ONE

Start with your wreath in your desired size and select an assortment of fresh or faux foliage. If you’re opting for fresh, try to use foliage that will dry beautifully, such as eucalyptus, so your wreath will last.

STEP TWO

Start layering your foliage on. Holding the stem, tie it to the wreath using floristry wire – just twist the ends together to secure in place.

Making an autumn wreath
Blend rich seasonal tones for a beautiful autumn wreath
STEP THREE

Move around the wreath with the foliage stems in the same direction. As you go the leaves will begin to cover the wire from the previous stems. Don’t worry too much about it being perfect, you want it to look nice and natural.

STEP FOUR

Lastly, add in deep red foliage such as Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’ and red eucalyptus for a warm, autumnal feel.

STEP FIVE

Attach your ribbon or string to the back of your autumn wreath and hang. Just remember – if you’ve used real foliage this won’t last as long if it gets damp, so choose a sheltered place to hang it.

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