So, after having Pomegranates drying in my kitchen for a week or so yesterday they were ready to be attached and made in to my Christmas door wreath for this year. The wreath is actually hanging from what is officially the back door but this is the door that everyone uses when they visit so it makes sense. They come in through this door, walk in to the boot room and up the stairs to the kitchen.
As well as the Pomegranates I have added pale pink roses and Eucalyptus leaves.
As well as dried Hydrangea heads….
…and ornamental cabbages. All available from your local florist and some of these flowers/foliage will be available from your local supermarket too.
I used a heavy wooden wreath as the basis of mine. The pomegranates are heavy and will need a wreath that can hold them. You certainly don’t have to use one like this but get to your local garden centre, florist or place that sells Christmas Trees and hunt for a sturdy and strong wreath to use as a base. You can use one already covered in foliage, this will save you time and possibly some cash, there are no rules to this. This is your wreath, you need to have a great time experimenting with different things that you think will greet your guests in a warm and Christmassy way. I wouldn’t suggest using an Oasis/Floral Foam for this wreath as you are tying your foliage to the base not just sticking bits in to it. I hope that makes sense and I’ve explained it OK.
To decorate and attach the Pomegranates –
- Tie ribbon around the Pomegranate
- Pin in place as it may slide off
- Tie a bow at the top of the fruit, this makes them appear much more grand and fuller.
You now need to attach wire to the Pomegranates in order to be able to fix them on to the wreath –
- Using a kebab stick, poke it through the back part of the Pomegranate until it comes out on the opposite side
- Remove the stick and thread some strong wire (I used 0.7mm) through the holes you have just made. Leaving two lengths sticking out on either side.
- Twist the lengths of wire around a part of the wreath, securing the Pomegranate in place.
Make sure that the Poms are secure. When you are doing this you’ll be able to tell how secure they need to be as you’ll feel the weight of them in your hand. The wire needed is thicker than ordinary florists wire and mine measured 0.7mm and is available at any DIY store.
When you have attached your Pomegranates work around them to fill in the rest of the wreath with your chosen flowers/foliage. I think this is the fun bit. With each piece you add you get to see it come to life.
You can use Holly, Ivy, Roses, Ornamental Cabbages, Mistletoe, Eucalyptus. You could also add decorative bells, baubles, bows. ANYTHING! It’s your door. And if you’re not happy with it you can do it all over again next year. They will keep getting better and better.
You can still see pins and tiny bits of wire poking out from the wreath but we’re not florists. It doesn’t matter. When you hang the finished article on your door you’ll love it, I promise you. Your friends will ask where you bought it from and when you tell them you made it you’ll have orders coming in!
I’ve been making wreaths like this for about fifteen years and it is my absolute favourite part of decorating for Christmas. Each year I do something different and each year I love the process. It is a tradition that I have for myself and each year the current wreath becomes my favourite.
So how does this year’s wreath compare?
Well this one is definitely my favourite. No question.
If you have dried your own Pomegranates or are making a wreath out of other materials be sure to let me know as I’d love to see them. If you upload them to Facebook post a link on my page or tag me on Instagram. I can’t wait.
Huge love to you all and thank you so much for reading today.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!
Leave a comment
That is just stunning, Cherry!
It’s so lovely to see a wreath that’s not full of holly, ivy, bright reds etc -I love the mellow “antique” hues of the ribbon, roses and hydrangeas.
Definitely my favourite wreath too!
pretty. very pretty.
I change my wreath each year too, and always use that particular style of base. It’s sturdy and versatile enough for any style of wreath. This year I’ve gone for something simple,just fresh foliage, a few silk roses and a couple of pearls, and the usual lights – I have to have my fairy lights!
Enjoy your Thursday. Apparently – fingers crossed – snow is afoot, and should be here tomorrow! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I love it Cherry! It’s very beautiful and it’s an eye-catcher. Can’t wait to do my own one..Love from Vienna xx
Absolutely beautiful, I think i’d want to keep it indoors after all the awful winds we’ve been having up here! The muted colours look beautiful, actually would have looked lovely at my wedding!
It is an amazing and so romantic Pomegranate. I loved it.
That is very pretty!!!
Anything with pink roses will be my favorite. Very pretty.♥♫
This is lovely Cherry – pink and green is my favourite colour combination. I was expecting the pomegranates to be sliced so that you see all the seeds inside, but I love them added whole.
I have just had a 9 month sabbatical signed off at work and I finish next Tuesday and I have already bought a plain green fir wreath to use as a base and so this is definitely a project for next week for me.
Thanks for another beautiful post.
Take care, Bex.x
Lovely Cherry: I love the wreath! I feel impotent because I have the materials for make one, but I have not the skill. Otherwise We use a wreath who made my husband when we became a family. It is just a little wreath with a golden cord and pines and small red bubbles, but he made it, and I love it ( and him) for that!
Oh, I absolutely LOVE it! It’s just the style I like! Too bad that I was unable to get on board with the pomegranite drying! Next years must do project!!
GORGEOUS! I love this one…
That is stunning and all my favourite colours. Only yesterday I went out hunting for a pillar candle garland for rather a tall candlestick. I went looking for the traditional holly or ferns but came back with something very similar to yours that I can use all year round and it looks fabulous amongst my Christmas decorations. I love your wreath Cherry I wish I could just go on line and buy it. Will that ever happen?
This so beautiful Cherry! I made my own wreath this year and was quite pleased with it until I saw yours! xxx
Do I have to dry my pomegranites or can I use fresh ones. I must make this beauty or better still where can I buy it? Can’t you mass produce them for people like me? : ) It’s stunning Cherry, how do you do it?
That is just divine! You have a great eye for colours and if it was me I’d keep it up for the whole of 2012!!
You’re such an inspiration, I just love your website. Huge thank-yous!!
I must have that wreath. Can I buy it? Where are the Cherry Menlove shops?
I’d have bought half a dozen of these for gifts if they were available. Craftings not my thing I’m afraid.
It’s gorgeous!!! I love it! You’ve used 2 of my favorite things: pink roses and dried hydrangeas. Also, I think using ornamental cabbages is a stroke of genius!
The hydrangeas and poms are already dried, but the roses, cabbages, and greenery are fresh and will actually dry on the wreath itself, right? I bet this wreath is going to look just as wonderful when all the materials are fully dried.
It’s festive but in a calming, soothing way. Love it!
Marilyn (in Dallas)
Yes, sign me up for one of those please! It puts my hideously expensive fake white rose version to shame!