How to create your own Christmas door decoration
Hello to everyone who came to see my demo at the Country Living Fair at Harrogate last weekend. As promised, here are some refresher instructions.
To make this simple door decoration you will need the following ingredients:
- Plastic paddle tray
- Third of a block of florist foam soaked in water for at least ten minutes
- Pot tape
- Orange and apple slices
- Wired ribbon
- Cinnamon sticks
- Pine cones
Types of foliage
I would recommend spruce, ivy, leylandi , eucalyptus, tree ivy and moss.
1. Place the soaked floral foam in the plastic tray and secure with the pot tape.
2. Using the foliage you have gathered, cover around 80% of the foam with the greenery.
3. Strip around 2cm of leaves or pine needles from the bottom of each piece of foliage to ensure it will go into the foam securely.
Tip: Always cut the stems on an angle making them sharper when pushing them into the foam.
4. Make sure you place longer pieces of foliage into the bottom of the design and shorter around the side and top to ensure balance. Also use contrasting foliage to create interest such as tree ivy next to spruce.
5. When you are happy with the greenery, wire together your fruit slices and cinnamon sticks and put them to one side.
6. Take the ribbon and make three loops in it leaving trails at either end. Wrap wire around the loops and secure firmly.
7. Wire the pine cones.
8. Place the ribbon into the arrangement using the wire, manipulating the loops and ends to give a pleasing look.
9. Put the fruit slices, pine cones and cinnamon sticks in around the ribbon. Make sure they are not too close together.
10. Remember not to have too much foliage sticking out. The postman is very busy at this time of year and you don’t want to poke his eye out!
Need some inspiration?
You can really change the look of the arrangement depending on the flowers, ribbons and accessories you use. Here are some variations:
Oranges, cream and cinnamon door decoration
Yuletide red door decoration
Red rose door decoration
If you need any more guidance, please contact me on Facebook or add a comment below.
Good luck and Merry Christmas!