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10 evergreens for your Xmas wreath that will last longer

How to make your own fall wreath

10 evergreens for your Xmas wreath that will last longerArmed with my Orla Kiely secateurs and a pair of gumboots, I went for a walk in the forrest near our home over the weekend to cut some branches and make my first wreath of the season.
In just half an hour, I was delighted with the amount of green beauties I managed to find, so I decided to make my first wreath, using only things I had cut myself as a celebration of what Nature has to offer, rather than things bought from the Florist.10 evergreens for your Christmas wreath that will last longer10 evergreens for your Christmas wreath that will last longer10 evergreens for your Xmas wreath that will last longerAs you may have seen on Instagram stories on Saturday, it was a messy but fairly easy job and I was pleased with the result. However, between taking Mila‘s to her skate and surf lessons and our wounded chicken to the vet, I totally forgot how warm our home is and since then, my beautiful Forrest wreath has dropped a lots of needles.
It is now obvious that it’s not going to last until Christmas so I will make a new one on my return from London.
In the meantime, if you haven’t started your Christmas wreath yet or were planning a trip to the forrest like me, here are a few useful tips to make your Christmas wreath last longer.

Christmas wreath-making TIP #1: If you’re not ready to make your wreath once you’ve cut or bought your evergreens, put them in a vase or a bucket with water and store them in a cool place. Evergreens will deteriorate more rapidly in warm temperatures.

Christmas wreath-making TIP #2: If you hang your wreath indoors, keep it away from direct sunlight or heat sources and mist it on a regular basis (I thoroughly cleaned a plastic spray that used to have bathroom cleaning product in it and spray my plants with water regularly).

Christmas wreath-making TIP #3: Choose evergreens that last a long time. I cut some Holly in the forest that still look very fresh and I’m keeping it for my next wreath but here is a list of evergreens known to last a long time:

  • Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • Cypress (Cupressus)
  • Balsam fir (Abies balsamea)
  • Fraser fir (A. fraser)
  • Noble fir (A. procera)
  • White fir (A. concolor)
  • Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
  • Boxwood (Buxus)
  • Eucalyptus
  • Olive tree
  • Laurels
  • Thuya

10 evergreens for your Christmas wreath that will last longerI hope you find this useful. Have you started making yours? If so, could you please tag me and use hashtag #simplethingsforahappylife so we can inspired each other. Wishing you a great week xoxo

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