Trendy white: Wreaths reminiscent of wintry landscapes
Frost flowers on the window and a stroll through a glittering snowy landscape are what many wish for at Christmas time and therefore the colour white also plays an important role in the Christmas decorations. The first Advent wreath is a reflection of a wintry landscape. Its candles tower above a plethora of white poinsettias. The basis for this extravagant wreath is a straw ring that is covered in torn pieces of parchment paper. This softly rustling base brings out the radiant beauty of the white poinsettias.
The filigree wreath design is overshadowed by long taper candles and adorned with conifer and pine cones. To make it you will need poinsettia miniatures, parchment paper, straw ring, bowl, candles, conifer and pine cones, Christmas ornaments, deco stars, stem wire, mossing pins, spray glue and gold leaf. You will also need a hot-glue gun and glue sticks, pliers and pruning shears.
And here's how it's done: First, tear parchment paper into small pieces. Bunch together in little "posies". Then place the straw ring in the bowl and pin the pieces of parchment paper on it. Once the frill around the base is finished, arrange the poinsettia miniatures in the centre in their pots. Next, wire the candles and insert in the straw ring. Finally, spray the cones with spray glue and apply gold leaf. Adorn the wreath with wired cones, Christmas baubles and deco stars. Done!
Trendy bauble wreath in stylish pastels
Sensual and sweet - pastels are another trend in this year's Christmas season. Everywhere you look are also stylish wreaths adorned with Christmas baubles. If you want to make your own designs, hot-glue several glass balls in different pastel shades to each other. Alternatively, you can glue the glass balls to a wreath base and fill in the spaces with fresh greens. For the floral aspect, remove the crown caps from some of the glass balls, add water and insert cut poinsettias. The other baubles have their caps facing inward. With a few pine twigs and four candles in candle holders, the pre-Christmas decoration is complete. Garden centres and nurseries have the right poinsettia varieties on hand. With their variegated bracts they almost appear as if blushing.
Sweet and simple
The full Advent imagery with just a few accessories. A golden plate holds four candles, baubles, cones and cut poinsettias in water tubes. A sufficient water supply will keep the bracts fresh for up to two weeks. Dip the freshly-cut stems briefly in 60°C water, then immediately in cold water.
An Advent wreath idea for all those who love traditional designs at Christmas time: Insert two small floral foam bricks in a round wicker basket and anchor candle holders in the foam. Arrange poinsettia miniatures in the wreath. Fill in the spaces with moss, berries and Christmas ornaments. Tip: Choose special poinsettias! Cultivars with frilly bracts will make a simple wreath look more opulent.
If you dare to choose bold colours, an Advent wreath with that special something can be made with a flick of the wrist. Here, red cut poinsettias in water-filled tubes are combined with brilliant blue taper candles and golden accessories!
Such an Advent wreath may not be suitable for every room situation, but it makes a statement in any case. Every detail is equally over-the-top and charming: The very tall taper candles measure about one-and-a-half times the diameter of the floral arrangement at their feet. The florals - cut poinsettias, hellebore blooms, straw flowers and pampas grass blossoms - are based on a ring of floral foam. Cones, fir twigs, filigree accessories and artificial snow turn this detailed design into a true masterpiece.
Baroque in bloom: Magnificent wreath with cut poinsettias
Colours and form - everything here is calling out "Look at me!" In this magnificent Advent wreath with cut poinsettias, pomp and luxury are taken up a notch and shine the spotlight on the festive aspect of Christmas. It's easier to make than one might think. And even those who are not so artistically inclined will achieve great results.
If you want to make this Baroque eye-catcher yourself, you will need poinsettias, eucalyptus and berried twigs, moss, floral foam ring with plastic tray, glass goblet, baubles, candle holders, taper candles as well as pruning shears for cutting the poinsettias.
And here's how it's done:
Soak the floral foam, as per instructions. Fill the glass vase with baubles. Anchor the candle holders in the floral foam. Position the foam ring on the rim of the vase. Insert the candles in the candle holders.
Cover the floral foam with moss. Arrange eucalyptus and berried twigs in flowing lines.
Cut the poinsettias. Dip briefly in hot water, then immediately in cold water to stop the flow of sap. Insert the flowers around the sides of the foam.
A Christmas highlight on the wall: Wrap fir sprigs from the garden around a wreath base. Position water tubes between the branches and insert cut poinsettias. As cut flowers, poinsettias will stay fresh for up to two weeks, if you dip the freshly-cut stems briefly in 60°C water, then immediately in cold water.