For a couple of years now I have been making these Christmas Herb Wreaths as as Christmas gifts, and for my kitchen for the Christmas season. They are really really easy to make – cheap too (especially if you have homegrown herbs handy!) and there is nothing like natural greenery to bring some festive cheer into your kitchen.
The perfect gift for the Nigella or Jamie of your family, smells amazing and as the herbs gradually dry out you can continue to use them right into the new year.
Ribbon (I used red, but which ever colour you have)
Florist wire which can be bought at most florist shops cut into 10+ (depending on the size you would like your wreath)
Choice of herbs, here I have used Bay and Rosemary which I cook with a lot and grow in the garden. Try and choose evergreen herbs as they dry which allows the wreath to keep for much longer!
Creeper – Russian Vine is perfect, but anything that is a climbing plant that winds round itself like honeysuckle/clematis etc.
1. When collecting your creeper/vine try to go for as long strands as possible, and the more curled around each other the better.
2. Make the base of the wreath by gathering the twigs, winding and twisting it around on itself bringing it together. Continue doing this around the whole circle until you have a wreath shape.
3. Use the florist wire to secure the creeper twigs together at regular intervals, winding the wire around and twisting the ends together to fasten.
4. If your greenery is still attached to a central stem, strip off the sprigs so that they are all about 5/6 inches long.
5. Tuck your strips of greenery into the wreath, using the loops of wire as a place to hold it. Ensure that the sprays of greenery are all lying in the same direction.
6. Continue adding greenery all around the wreath.
7. Using another piece of wire, pierce the chilli through the centre, and wrap the two ends around the wreath to attach it.
8. Repeat this at even spaces around the wreath, depending on how many chillis you wish to attach.
9. Tie ribbon in bows in 6 places around the wreath. If there are a few places where greenery is loose, this is a good way to secure it.
10. Tie a ribbon at the top in a large loop for the Christmas wreath to hang from!
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