A quick foraged wreath with kids – this was the request from my eldest. She wanted a friend to come round to make wreaths, but we had a short window and no budget so quick and foraged it was!! We filled a box with foraged treasure from the forest and got going!!
What you’ll need:
// flexible branches for wreath base (we used dogwood)
// florist’s wire and tape
//a whole lot of autumn loveliness
We spent the main part of our time getting the wreath structure right. By bending the dogwood branches around and securing them with wire and tape they held the circular shape which acted as our basis. Repeat this with a few branches until you get the sturdiness and structure that you are happy with.
Then it’s the fun part! Using whatever you have got, thread it through the open weaves of the dogwood and secure in position using the wire. Keep adding your details until you are happy with your final result. You might want a fairly minimal one in which case the less you add the better or you’ll want to add all the foliage you foraged to create a full and colourful wreath. Whatever you choose will be perfect – and the bonus is that you can take the extras off, leaving the dogwood base for another day…and another wreath!!!
I did this with two twelve year olds, a ten year old and a seven year old (although at seven she found it hard to manipulate the base – I made it for her and she enjoyed threading on the details). All in all it was such a lovely way to pass an afternoon on a grey November day. If you fancy some more autumnal ideas check out The Slowed Craft, my seasonal ebook full to brimming with ideas.
Happy wreath making!