Prepare the foam ring
Take the florists’ ring and soak it in cold water for one hour. Remove.
Bind florists’ wire around the ring several times in one spot and secure it at the back with another piece of wire, leaving an excess of 50cm for hanging on the door.
Trim all the greenery twigs and branches into 8-10cm sprigs.
Push in the greenery
Arrange the twigs and branches so the leaves all lie in one direction, then push the stalks into the foam.
Continue inserting them until the foam is evenly covered on one side and the wreath looks bushy.
Make sure that the edges of the ring are concealed, too, with leaves/ twigs extending slightly outwards over the rim.
Insert the pine cones and berries.
In a well ventilated area, lay pine cones and berries onto newspaper and spray paint these in your preferred colours. We used Rust-Oleum Metallic in Bright Gold on the pine cones and Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Balmoral Gloss on the fake berries. A couple of coats may be required. Always follow the instructions on the back of the can and allow items to dry for the required time.
When dry attach florists’ wire around the bottom of the cones and the berries leaving around 3cm wire on each one before trimming.
Push the cones and berries into the foam wreath at regular intervals, working around the ring and filling gaps.
Finish with ribbon.
Tie four of five pieces of ribbon into a bow and wire at intervals around the wreath . Insert a nail in the door and hang the wreath by winding the excess wire around the nail several times.
To complete the wreath, cover the exposed wire with ribbon.
Finally hang the wreath for everyone to admire. Tip: Your local florist may be happy to make you a plain wreath, which you can then finish off with your own pine cones and accessories.