Looking to impress your guests with a unique table setting? Well, you’re in luck! We asked green-fingered duo, Katie and Terri of worm London, to show us how to create a chair wreath that’s sure to be the talk of the table. Why not give it a go yourself…
“Small, simple things can often be the most meaningful. Easy to make, this beautiful wreath adds that little something extra to a table setting. With its delicate blooms, it is the perfect accompaniment to any summer gathering. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to add that floral touch – especially when limited for space – but this wreath does just that and is something your guests can take away with them at the end of the meal. We are always looking for different and unusual ways to bring interesting little details to our events and this wreath does that perfectly. Using fresh flowers does mean it will only last for a short time, but you could use longlasting or dried materials instead if you wanted it to last longer.”
- Bonsai scissors
- 1 embroidery hoop
- Green florist’s tape
- Strip of linen or ribbon (optional)
Flowers + foliage:
- 4 stems of clary sage
- 2 stems of common yarrow stems
- 2 stems of cotoneaster
- 4 small stems of garden roses (we used Rosa ‘The Fairy’)
- 1 stem of jasmine
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- 1 stem of ruscus
Prepare all your materials. Cut your flower stems diagonally, leaving approximately 8cm (just over 3in). Cut most of your foliage stems diagonally to about 16cm (6in) and leave a few of the more delicate stems slightly longer than this. Make sure you set aside one piece of foliage to add as a finishing touch – here we used a jasmine stem, about 24cm (9in) long.
Start by attaching the greenery to the embroidery hoop. Ruscus makes a good base foliage and also helps to give the wreath a nice flowing shape. To keep the wreath neat and tidy, attach all the materials using florist’s tape. Pull the tape tight so that it becomes almost transparent. In this wreath, the flowers are grouped together at the bottom of the wreath to provide a focal point, with foliage arranged to splay out on either side.
Once all the greenery has been added, you can begin to attach the flowers. Use tape around the stems to secure the flowers to the ring; always try to cover the tape from the previous flower when you add each new one. Add your flowers in any order you like, but for visual impact it is a good idea to add the larger blooms in groups. Here the garden roses are close together, which strengthens the overall visual balance of the wreath.
When you have added all your flowers, finish by inserting a final piece of foliage under the head of one of the larger flowers, going in the opposite direction to the rest of the wreath. Something delicate, such as jasmine, works very well. Rather than taping this in place, it is usually possible just to wrap the stem around the ring, or place it in gently through a gap between the flowers and the foliage.
Then either loop the hoop onto the side of a chair or tie some linen or a ribbon to the top and attach it to the back of a chair with a bow.
- If you would like this wreath to last for longer than one event, choose flowers with woody stems such as protea, common yarrow ‘Parker’s Variety’, or heather or alternatively choose blooms that will dry out well.
- Any base can be used for this project, it doesn’t have to be an embroidery hoop – you can make the same wreath using wire or vine.
- Often a popular addition to wedding sets-ups, simply add a ribbon and tie it to the back of the bride and groom’s chairs to make them look really special.
Now, choose a chair...
This step by step guide is taken from ‘WREATHS: Fresh, Foraged and Dried Floral Arrangements‘ by Katie Smyth and Terri Chandler (Quadrille, £14.99) Photography: Kristin Perers