While traveling in Europe last summer, I absolutely fell in LOVE with their traditional Christmas wreaths complete with evergreens, holly and most importantly, dried orange and cinnamon sticks. It was so wonderful to have these delicious scents floating around and adding to the festive cheer and I promised myself that I’d make one myself the following Christmas. Well, the time has finally come! However, after a little thought I realised that holly and evergreens are kind of hard to come by in an Australian summer and maybe orange slices weren’t going to last very well in the warm, muggy Syndey weather. But not to worry, because this DIY Native Flower Wreath puts an Australian slant on traditional Christmas decoration!
Instead of evergreens and oranges, I used eucalyptus leaves and banksia flowers which give off a wonderful scent of their own. And the great thing about natives is that they’re built to survive in dry climates without water, which means you wreath will still look fab even after a few weeks!
– Thin craft wire
– Wire cutters
– Hot glue gun
– Eucalyptus leaves + any native flowers, gum-nuts etc.
First, source your flora. I went for a stroll around my ‘hood and rustled up a lovely selection of eucalputus leaves, gum-nuts and banksia flowers which I combined with some dried native flowers I had on hand. Seperate out the leaves and cut little sprigs of flowers. Oh, and plug in your glue gun! Then cut a piece of wire and make a loop.
Now you’re ready to start gluing. The aim here is to use the eucalyptus leaves as a base and build on top of them with pops of colour from the flowers. First, pick a starting point and stick down a few leaves. Make sure they’re all pointing the same direction! Then add some flowers, using only a small dab of glue for each piece. Then add more leaves, working backwards and away from the ‘pointy’ end of the leaves. This way, you’re always using the tips of the leaves to cover any stems and rogue bits of glue.