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The Crafted Garden
Dried flowers are fantastic for natural crafting. One of the problems with fresh flowers – particularly in the heat and strong sunshine of summer
– is that they can wilt, even when arranged in water. The need to display fresh cutting material in water can also be quite restrictive if you want
to create certain projects. Dried flowers however have been preserved and so have no need for water. This means they can be used in all sorts of decorations from posies and wreaths to headdresses and buttonholes.
They are also ideal for weddings and parties because they can be made
up in advance, with none of the last- minute panic of picking and arranging fresh flowers.

Use grasses to cover the base of your wreath and create a backdrop for a selection of dried flowers such as larkspur and seed heads such as poppies.

Although wreaths are synonymous with Christmas, there is no reason why they cannot be used as charming decorations throughout the year.

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  • How to make a floral wreath. Dried Summer Wreath - Step 1
    Step 1

    Making the base

    Have your wire cutters and reel wire ready. Grab a handful of
    straw or raffia and compress it together with your hands. You want the piece, a bit like a straw sausage, to be 3–4cm/11⁄4–11⁄2in thick and 15–20cm/6–8in long. Start to wrap around the straw with the reel wire. Make sure the wire is wrapped tightly as you work and that the wrappings are about 2.5cm/1in apart.

  • How to make a floral wreath. Dried Summer Wreath - Step 2
    Step 2

    Forming the wreath

    Keep adding more straw sausages and wrapping them with the wire,
    to form a longer piece. Bring the
    two ends together to check the circumference and keep adding straw until you reach the desired size for your wreath. Remember, the bigger you make it the more plant material you will need to decorate it. When you have reached the required circumference, join the two ends together, overlapping slightly and keep wrapping with wire. Continue one time around the whole wreath
    to secure and then snip off the wire. Your wreath might look a little misshapen so gently mould it into a circle and tuck away any loose bits of straw or trim away.

  • How to make a floral wreath. Dried Summer Wreath - Step 3
    Step 3

    Wiring in the flowers

    Rather than attaching individual flowers, which would be fiddly
    and take up much more time, gather together small clusters or little posies of flowers, grasses
    and seed heads – how many will depend on the size of your wreath and the material you are using,
    but the posies shown had on average fourteen stems. You want your clusters to cover the wreath base but not be too big. Using the florists’ wire, wrap the stems tightly together, then trim the stems so
    that the posies are each about 20cm/8in long. Place each posy on to the wreath at an angle and wire into place. Continue
    this process using subsequent posies to cover the stems of the previous one until your wreath is covered. If you can still see some bare patches you can poke in extra stems of grasses, seed heads or flowers.

  • How to make a floral wreath. Dried Summer Wreath - Step 4
    Step 4

    Attach a loop of twine, ribbon or hessian to the top of the wreath so that you can hang it.

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