How to make mini winter wreaths

I posted these simple wax flower wreaths on Instagram the other day and lots of people asked how they were made so I thought I'd pop a quick tutorial below. They are a perfect way to pretty up your place names and add a bit of a rustic touch to your big day... 

Wax flower place name DIY

Wreath place names

 

You will need: Wax flower, feathers, thistle, floristry wire, dried wheat, mini pegs & name tags. (We offer a bespoke lettering service where we can hand letter each of your place names, pop us an email if you'd like to chat about these) 

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Wax flowers are lovely to work with as they are so flexible you can bend them into a circular shape in whatever size suits you. If you want a more uniformed look for the wreaths you could always create the same size circles with wire and then wrap the wax flowers around them however I was happy to create these by eye.

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You can secure the wreath as you go using the florist wire to wrap around the wax flower.

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Another great thing about wax flowers is they will dry out rather than just wilt and die meaning you can make these in advance without worrying that you'll have wilted wreaths on your hands.

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Add thistles, feathers and dried wheat using the same method as the wax flower. Simply twist the floristry wire round them to secure. You can then add each of the name tags by pegging them to the wreaths. 

finished wreath

 

The finished wreaths! Super simple and could be adapted to your theme using other foliage or flowers. I would love to know what you thought of this idea and if it's something you'd like to see more of...Come over and say hi on instagram @oliveandbramble or pop a comment below and if you have any questions you can email me info@oliveandbramble.com 

A little hello and a DIY place card for your big day...

I thought it was about time I plucked up the courage to publish the first blog post on here. Mainly so I could introduce myself a little more, the face behind the painting and flowers but also so I could then counteract that useless information with a easy place name DIY for your big day. This blog is going to be a space I share my inspiration for new collections (which I'm working on already- can you believe it?), my process of designing bespoke stationery sets and any quick DIY ideas I have that might be useful for your big day like this one. 

So I'm Becki, the creator of Olive & Bramble and if you've read my 'about me' section you'll know I am a trained designer & illustrator with a passion for florals and nature, from arranging twigs and leaves to make an autumnal arrangement or painting whimsical foliage and florals. And if you're my friend you'll know I enjoy hip hop music, carrot cake, a good striped top and a bottle of prosecco, my boyfriend actually calls me proseccy Becki and I had to buy an Xbox just so I could play Rapstar so the obsessions are real. And the other thing you should know is my no means do I think I'm a writer, but I do think that you might enjoy seeing my process, thoughts, inspiration and ideas...

Simple wreath place card DIY

Materials: Eucalyptus, wire, sharp scissors, twine or ribbon, name tags (These hand lettered ones are available to buy from us with each name hand written, just pop over  here .   (quantities dependant on how many wreaths you are making)

Materials: Eucalyptus, wire, sharp scissors, twine or ribbon, name tags (These hand lettered ones are available to buy from us with each name hand written, just pop over here(quantities dependant on how many wreaths you are making)

Begin with making a circle out of the wire that fits around your name tag. Don't worry if it's a bit wonky as the eucalyptus will cover this. 

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Wrap eucalyptus around the wire weaving it in between using a small amount of wire at the end of each sprig to attach it to the main circle.

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Continue to wrap and secure the eucalyptus around the wire.

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Once you have covered the wire making the wreath as simple or full as you'd like, you need to thread the twine or ribbon through the name tag.

Tie the twine tightly- this will give you the ends to either tie onto the back of chairs and hang, or place delicately on napkins on the table. 

The finished wreath! Super simple and could be adapted to your theme using other foliage or delicate florals to weave around the wire. I would love to know what you thought of this idea and if it's something you'd like to see more of...Come over and say hi on instagram @oliveandbramble or pop a comment below and if you have any questions you can email me info@oliveandbramble.com