To the material I had gathered outside I added the following:
some garden wire
a large three-wicked candle
a straight-sided glass bowl
some red and white bakers’ twine
an embroidery ring
a decorative scissors
And a cup of coffee. Then I got to work, with Number Three only too eager to lend a helping hand, especially when it came to getting his hands on the secateurs or the candle, in true toddler fashion.
To Make a Traditional Decorative Wreath
Cut a length of wire. I used a piece approximately 40cm long. Wind it around a branch of the rosebush with plenty of rosehips on it.
Then form the branch to a circle and wind the two ends of wire together to hold it in place. Look at both sides and decide which is the front and which is the back of your wreath. Next cut a length of twine and wind this around the wreath, arranging and fastening the leaves and rosehips in place at the front as you go. Tie both ends of the twine together. Now decide which end is up and loop a ribbon around that part. I tend to choose the barest-looking patch of the wreath as the top. The ribbon disguises it.
To Make a Craft-Themed Wreath
Having finished one wreath with a toddler running round me, I thought I might as well use up some more of my material and make a second one. This time round I went for a craft-theme.
As a base for the wreath I used my embroidery ring. I wound a small rose twig around one side, with the rosehips hanging at six o’clock, if you get me. Then I fastened it in place with bakers’ twine. Still using the twine, I threaded a couple of buttons and a small decorative scissors onto it and stretched this across the ring a couple of times. With the end of the twine I made a loop for hanging the wreath from. As a finishing touch I tore a length of washi tape and added it across the centre.
To Make a Centrepiece
While I was fiddling round with nuts and rosehips anyway, I thought I’d make a nice autumnal centrepiece to brighten up the kitchen table.
I started by placing my candle in the centre of the glass bowl. Then I twisted lengths of rosebush around it.
These don’t take a whole lot of time to make, especially the centrepiece, which can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. But they do bring an instant bit of seasonal feel to a room or entrance hall.