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How to make a holly wreath

Make a holly wreathHelen & Becky make hundreds of holly wreaths here on our nursery each year so if you get stuck you can always buy one of ours!  But why not have a go at making your own wreath to hang of your door this year?

Shopping list…

  • one wire ring,
  • one bag of sphagnum moss,
  • holly cut into 6” sections,
  • some greenery for a backing (we use conifer clippings),
  • one reel of thin wire,
  • one pack of stub wire,
  • secateurs and a bow,
  • cones or anything else you can think of to decorate.

1. Tease out the moss and lay a fist-sized bundle on top of the wreath ring 

2. Fasten one end of the reel of wire to the ring and start to wrap the wire around the moss in a circular fashion. Keep the wire taut and continue working the wire round the ring, adding more moss bundles until completely covered

3. Lay the prepared greenery on top of the moss, adding one piece at a time in the same direction and securing it with a single wrap of wire. Place holly on top of this & ensure no moss is visible and continue until the whole ring is covered

4. Tie off the wire with a few extra wraps around the wreath then draw a longer piece of wire up to form a loop to hang the wreath and finish off with a bow.

5. You might like to use bunches of berries from holly, cotoneaster or ivy or even rose hips to add colour to the wreath

6. Hang outside and keep the moss moist. It should last several weeks

Posted by Charlie Groves

Charlie is the manager at Groves Nurseries.  He is the 6th generation of C.W. Groves to run the garden centre. 

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