Xmas wreath-making workshops and DIY kits
The only C word you'll hear is CHRISTMAS! Get in the festive spirit by making your own wreath. Here are 13 DIY kits, virtual classes and IRL workshops – all run by Berkshire's finest.
Getting in the November Christmas spirit? And no singing All I Want For Christmas after a few rum punches doesn’t count. But as we hurtle towards the end of 2020, it would appear, the nation is ready to go big this year, with many putting their decs up NOW! Are you mad? While I’m happy to start my Christmas shopping and write a few cards, there is no place for a spruce in my home until 1 Dec. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s the Christmas wreath that sets the tone.
While wreath workshops have exploded in recent years (my village goes bonkers for them with almost every door adorned with festive foliage by mid-November), this year might be a bit different. So rather brilliantly, many florists have created at home kits with instructions, other are beaming their workshops live on Zoom and others are holding their breath and hoping small group workshops will go ahead. Get the mulled wine on simmer, crank up the Christmas Bublé and book up. Secateurs at the ready, let’s go!
Willow and Blooms at The Mulberry Bush Thatcham, £35
I’m a big fan of this chic indie florist – a Muddy-award winner in 2018, and run by the inspiring Helen Vickers. To combat any lockdown uncertainty, Helen has created gorgeous DIY wreath kits with written instructions for you to follow at home. Each kit comes with all the equipment and materials you need (lots of lush foliage, pine cones, cinnamon, twigs, dried fruits and your basic sundries with natural rafia to make a bow). Simply reserve your kit from The Mulberry Bush by Sat 28 Nov, by calling 01635 860900 for collection from Fri 4 Dec.
Wessex Flower Company, £25 – £45
I attended Alicia’s Wessex Flower Co. wreath workshop last year and created my most fabulous wreath to date. She lovingly collects foliage, feather, pine cones and more throughout the year so that you can let your creativity run wild. This year, Alicia has added a DIY wreath kit and will be hosting Zoom workshops on 30 Nov and 2 Dec (more dates may be added.). The kits include a 12” copper ring, reel wire, florist stub wire, paper covered wire, raffia, velvet ribbon, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, red sliced apples, green sliced apples, orange slices, chillies, and feathers. Plus moss and seasonal foliage. If permitted, Alicia will also run Luxury, Forager and Dried Flower Wreath-making workshops too. So drop her line.
Lisa Darban Bespoke Floristry, £53.95
Eco friendly and fun for all your friends and family. Lisa Darban of Bespoke Floristry in Datchet is hosting wreath and table centrepiece workshops online and she can send kits nationwide. Get your girls together, navigate the tech with your relis or just fly in solo. It’ll be a lovely break from lockdown monotony – and with no need to drive, you can hit the mulled wine as hard as you like.
The super-talented Lindsay Kitchin from the White Horse Flower Company, is crossing her fingers that her workshops at The Honesty Cookery School will go ahead with a contingency to take her workshops online with kits delivered to the door of her students. The Honesty Cookery School is a beautiful large barn just outside Newbury, ideal for socially-distanced classes. Her expert tuition and incredible array of foliage and decorative additions are legendary. Workshops available to book on 4 and 5 Dec. Lindsay also offers an online course for serious floral enthusiasts too.
Two Little Birds Events @ The Admiral Cunningham Bracknell, Mon 7 Dec £50
On your marks, get set, book! Muddy Award-winning Two Little Birds will be running wreath workshops at The Admiral Cunningham in Bracknell. If you like to create something a bit different, Lynsey is you festive fun fairy. There will be fizz, music, floristry tips, a kick arse wreath to take home and an abundance of her signature peacock feathers. Fab-u-lous.
Pop on your floral crown, Emma and the Green Parlour team have been touched by royalty. They helped with the floral explosion for the Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Wedding, so you know you’re in good hands. The workshops are all sold out, but you can still book up for a virtual wreath-making session with Emma at Green Parlour. Simply choose your between Rustic Whites and Christmas Reds when purchasing. Then as if by magic, the kit will be delivered to your door a few days in advance and the workshop will be beamed into your home via Zoom where you’ll be guided through the process of making and decorating your own Christmas Door Wreath. All you need is a sharp pair of scissors, a bottle of bubbles and someone to tidy up. Book a virtual class on 30 Nov or 3 Dec.
Spaces for The Flowerstalks’ wreath workshops are hotter than David Beckham in an undies ad. So book in quick. Expect small groups, socially distanced and everything will be provided for you – equipment, materials, and snacks. Simply pay a deposit of £20, the balance is due on the day.
Bramble Cottage Flowers is all about being extra. And there’s no better place to do that than in the safety of your own home. This year they will be supplying DIY kits (moss based ring, foliage, wires and all the pretty bits to decorate) with written instructions and link to a step by step video – which means you can go at your own pace. Simply slip into your sequins, pour yourself a festive tipple and off you go. Free local delivery.
Sonning Flowers Virtual Wreath Night, from £60
Always make a fragrant entrance after creating a Sonning Flowers traditional door wreath. Learn how to moss and dress your wreath with a large range of decs, including fruit, fir cones, baubles, cinnamon sticks, ribbons and then make it your own. Would an Elton John feathered creation be so wrong? Lots of options here, DIY kits, from £45; Virtual Wreath Workshop, from £60 (Dates: Fri 4 and Sat 5 or Fri 11 and Sat 12 Dec) and all being well they’ll be hosting Covid-safe IRL workshops too. For the online workshops simply select a date, all the materials will be delivered to your door on the day including pre-wired decs.
Christmas Wreath night is coming home. Sarah Guild’s going with the flow this year, and taking her classes online. Inside each wreath kit will be a moss base, wires & pins, a bunch of foliage and pine, berries or seasonal dried fruit, festive ribbon, and instructions. Why not throw in a handmade ribbon too. Or you’ll need are an open mind (fuelled by wine), a pair of secateurs, a table, a bucket of water, and a dust pan and brush. Kits will need to be collected in the first few weeks of December in prep for Zoom Workshops which will take place on Sat 5 Dec and Sun 6 Dec.
Flower Mouse Floristry @ The Pot Kiln, Frilsham, £85
Sick of Zoom? Slip out of your PJS and head to The Pot Kiln in Frilsham for a wreath workshop with Flower Mouse Floristry. Kim will be helping you create something beautiful to adorn your door on Thu 3 and Fri 4 Dec. All materials are provided and they’re even throwing in soup, pudding and coffee. Spaces are limited, but Kim will also be selling her wreaths and garlands too, so pop along. £85pp.
A Boat Full of Wool, The Base Greenham Common, Tue 22 Dec
Craftier than a Kirsty Allsopp Chrimbo, how about a chunky knit, eco-friendly wreath this year? Made from the softest merino wool, you’ll have a selection of decs to adorn your creation or you can bring along your favourites from home. No experience necessary, you’ll be guided from beginning to end.
£45pp. To secure a place call 0845 5218 218.
Emma Curtis, The Great House Sonning, Sun 6 Dec
Join George and Amal Clooney creating something festive and fab. I mean, they’ve not confirmed, but we’re convinced they’ll be shaking their baubles at The Great House, swaying to Last Christmas. Under the expert guidance of resident florist Emma Curtis you’ll take home the most impressive wreath for your front door and a kiss from George under the mistletoe. A girl can dream £50pp.