DIY Autumn Wreaths with Blue Sky Flowers | UK WEDDING BLOG

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Liz from Blue Sky Flowers is one of our favourite wedding florists, all of her work is amazing. So when I heard she was holding an autumn wreath making workshop I jumped at the chance to get crafty! This pretty wreath full of autumnal loveliness now sits proudly on my front door and it was so much easier to make than I thought it would be. 

The workshop was held at The Blacksmith and Toffeemaker Pub in Islington one evening last week, I’d been there before back in March for a calligraphy workshop. It’s a great space, and has the added bonus of drinks and yummy nibbles to fuel creativity. I took my lovely Mumma with me, she’s always up for something crafty like this and has an old stable door that’s crying out for a wreath.

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Making the wreath was surprisingly a lot easier than it looked. Liz had big buckets full of autumnal foliage ready for us. I’d made a Christmas wreath before but never thought about all the treasures around in the countryside at this time of year to put together. These were all bought at a florist market, and coming to a workshop gives you the added bonus of having the best selected and ready for you. But you could go out into the garden or hedgerows to see what you could gather.

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There were crisp brown oak leaves, rosemary that smelt heavenly, skimmia with pretty pink berries and various other types of leafy foliage to build the edges up. The hydrangeas were the star of the show.

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We were all given a wire base ring, a reel of floristry wire and some snips to get started.

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Plus a big box of moss for us to dig into {luckily coming from the market it didn’t have any creepy crawlies, I think I’d be a bit scared of the added extras if I got some from the woods!}

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We started by knotting the wire onto the ring a couple of times, it’s so much easier if you keep it on the reel until you’ve finished completely, otherwise you’ll be forever tying knots in it. We then took handfuls of moss and wrapping it around the wire and securing it with the wire wrapped around a couple of times and pulled in tight. You want to cover the whole base of the ring and double up on moss if you need to. This stage does get rather messy!

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Once it was all covered in green, we started adding our foliage base going round in a sweeping circle. Again, you just secure everything with a couple of pulls of the wire. You can go as wild or neat as you like. I tried to make mine mirror the colours at each point of the circle, keeping it fairly neat.

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Once we had a base it was time to add the real pretty stuff! Sprigs of berries and the prized hydrangeas. For these extras we used pre-cut floristry wire folded in a U shape and placed them on the wreath before pushing the wire through the moss and securing at the back. All the wire is green so you don’t see it once it’s finished. I loved that Liz kept walking round to help make sure they all look pretty!

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Then hold up the wreath to check you haven’t got any glaringly obvious gaps or spaces that need filling or some more colour needed. I decided on a few more brown leaves at the last minute! But the good thing about the wire is that you can keep adding even once you’re at home. Once you’re happy, cut your reel of wire and push the ends through the moss and knot the other side.

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We all had the same materials to choose from but every wreath ended up being completely different, I loved all the variation.

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A lady on our table lined the inside of her wreath with rosemary which looked and smelt so good as well as neatening it all up. I’ll use that idea next year I think! Even without the hydrangeas it looked beautiful, love those orange berries.

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The wreaths should last a good couple of weeks before they dry out, I’m hoping it will still look pretty even once it’s dry. You can give it a spritz of water if it looks like it’s drying too quickly but I think with all this foggy weather mine should be fine on the front door.

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I couldn’t wait to hang mine on the door, Liz made a wire hook on the back of them for us so we could use fishing wire, or ribbon once we got home.

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I’m hoping it will look good until the end of November, then it will be time to swap it for a Christmas one!

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I’ve had lots of compliments on it so far, a lady pulled up in a car the other day to take a photo {which was a little scary!}. What do you think?? Will you make one?

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I think this could be a new annual tradition!

You can find out details of more workshops on the Blue Sky Flowers website here and swoon over Liz’s floral wedding creations here.

R <3 xx

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liz inigo jones //

Thanks Rebecca – it was so lovely to have you and your Mum with us, and I’m very impressed at your wreath skills xx

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