Round out your holiday decorWith just more than a week before Christmas, time is running out to do any last minute decorating, shopping or baking.
By: Sarah Gorvin, The Republican Eagle
With just more than a week before Christmas, time is running out to do any last minute decorating, shopping or baking.
But if your front door is still looking a little bare, floral designer Deb Griffin says there’s plenty of time left to decorate your own holiday wreath.
Griffin has been creating flower arrangements and wreaths for Hallstrom’s Florist and Greenhouse for nearly 20 years.
Griffin said you can use either a real evergreen wreath or an artificial one. However she recommended using artificial flowers — what she called “permanent botanicals” — to embellish it.
“Adding permanent botanicals to fresh wreaths is fun,” she said.
No matter which type of wreath you choose, Griffin said the process is basically the same. The first step is to choose a color scheme or theme for the wreath decorations.
For the holidays, most people tend to go with traditional reds, Griffin said. But that’s not the only option available. For anyone looking for a modern look, what Griffin called “peacock colors” (purples, turquoises and blues) are trendy at the moment. Still, she encouraged going with what you like.
“I always say it’s whatever looks good to your eye,” she said.
Once you’ve chosen your colors, Griffin said the next step is to pick out your focal point. Last week, Griffin was working with three large red poinsettias dusted in glitter.
Then, Griffin followed the “rule of odd numbers” often touted by designers. But it’s not always her strategy.
“I don’t go by the rules all the time,” Griffin said.
Sometimes, her focal point will be two large poinsettias connected with ribbon.
“I think it’s all in the eye of the beholders,” she said.
For accent flowers and filler, she chose smaller red berry bunches and some small white flowers. The main thing, Griffin added, is that you pick what you like.
“If you’re first just staring out, keep it simple and use your favorite things,” Griffin said. “You can always add more as you get more comfortable.”
To attach the flowers to the wreath, Griffin used floral wire. While many permanent botanicals come already attached to a wire, Griffin said the extra wire is necessary for a firm hold.
Griffin spaced the poinsettias evenly around the wreath and filled in with the smaller flowers. She then created a bow using yards of red plaid ribbon.
To create a full bow, Griffin said to use at least four yards of ribbon. Wired ribbon is easiest to work with.
“They hold their shape more,” she said.
To begin, create a loop, then pinch and twist the wire so it holds. Then continue creating loops until the bow is full.
“I usually start (the loops) smaller for the middle of the bow and then as I go, get bigger,” Griffin said.
As a finishing touch, Griffin wound a string of battery-operated LED lights through the wreath.
But with all of her tips and recommendations, Griffin said one is more important when it comes to wreath building.
“Most of all, just have fun,” she said. “If you’re not having fun, it’s not going to work.”