Wreaths throughout the seasons: learn how to make these spring hedgerow inspired wedding table wreaths
Charlie / 24 April 2016
I am delighted to be back today with Alice from Lock Cottage Flowers with a how to guide for making a spring hedgerow table wreath. Not only are would these wreaths be a great little project to decorate your table for a party, but Alice has also shown how you can dress them up a little more to make them the perfect wedding centrepieces.
I don’t know about you, but spring is one of my favourite times of the year, especially for flowers, and these wreaths remind me of the steep Devon hedgerows of my childhood in March/April just exploding with green and all those exquisite wildflowers.
This wreath how to is part of a wonderful series Alice has put together for us, called Wreaths Throughout The Seasons, which provides inspiration and guides for incorporating wreaths into your home or wedding throughout the year, not just at Christmas.
You can find all her posts by clicking on Wreaths Throughout The Seasons or find the individual features below:
Now, over to Alice…
How to make a spring hedgerow table wreath
Hello everyone, this spring instalment of wreaths through the seasons will cover tabletop wreaths that I recently created for a spring wedding. Similar to the winter wreath that I did, these spring wreaths are a combination of small bedding plants swaddled in moss and cut flowers in floral tubes.
Buying your bedding plants
I went to the garden centre and found some good deals on spring bedding plants because the garden centres are already trying to make room for summer bedding. I checked each label to make sure that they were British grown – this is usually shown on the label as a British Flag with “British Grown” underneath.
I wanted to pay retail at the garden centre instead of buying trays of plants at a wholesaler because I needed plants that were in full flower. Wholesale plants sometimes need bringing on, so using a garden centre meant that I could see and choose exactly what I needed for my project. With the prices knocked down, I paid the same as wholesale anyway.
Laying out your spring wreath
After swaddling all of the pot plants in British moss (for details on swaddling in moss read this post), I used a 12 inch (30cm) raised wreath frame turned upside down so that the smaller part of the frame was resting on the table. You can see the wreath frame in the photos below. By turning it upside down you have a shelf to rest the plants on so that they are better supported.
I laid all of the plant pots around the frame before wiring them in so that I could see how it looked and make adjustments if necessary. At this point, it didn’t matter if some of the ring was showing because a few gaps would be needed to add the cut flower tubes.
Here is a photo of the wreath once the plants were placed but not wired in – looking almost finished. Now that I was happy with the plant placement, I wired them in.
Choosing cut flowers for your spring table wreath
Then I ran out and cut some flowers to put into floral tubes (some of the flowers shown here are taller ones destined for bouquets). For wreaths, choose flowers that are naturally short so that when they are cut for the wreath, they look in proportion with the rest of the bedding.
I used fritillary, bluebells, drumstick primula, and a few hellebore for the flower tubes and inserted them between the plants. I also cut some ivy and inserted them to soften the sides of the wreath. What’s good here is the ivy can just be inserted in the moist moss, no tubing necessary.
Your finished spring wreath
Here is a finished wreath, on an inexpensive plastic plate that is dark grey so not too obvious. I did five of these in total.
Turning your spring table wreath into a wedding centrepiece
The bride provided cute French lavender trees in porcelain pots for the middle. They were waiting for me on each table when I arrived at the venue. All I had to do was place them in the centre of each wreath-so easy. Here’s how they looked – aren’t these fun, like a mini courtyard garden for each table.
For more flowery fun you can follow Alice on her Instagram and Facebook page. Lock Cottage is one of our recommended suppliers on The Natural Wedding Company directory so do go and check out her page and if you’re a bride-to-be add her to your list of favourites by clicking the ‘heart’ icon next to her listing.
Photo of Alice: Emma Davies Photography
Categories: DIY + Inspiration
Tags: bluebells > DIY project > hellebores > lavender > living wreath > Lock Cottage Flowers > moss > snake's head fritillary > spring wedding > table centrepieces > wreath > wreaths throughout the seasons
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