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4 Lessons (1h 15m)
    • 1. Wreath Making Intro

      1:02
    • 2. Preparation

      11:45
    • 3. Making

      22:48
    • 4. Decorations

      39:34
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Hello and welcome to our Christmas Wreath Making course!

We have helped hundreds of people make beautiful Christmas Wreaths at our studio in Nottingham, UK.
We are very excited to present our wreath making workshop to you in our fabulous video course.

We will show you step by step how to prepare, make and decorate your wreath.
The course will cover the following:
Part1: About us (Who we are and what we do)
Part 2: Character (What would you like your wreath to look like?)
Part 3: Structure (The main components to your wreath)
Part 4: Tools and Materials (What you need to use to make your wreath)
Part 6: Preparing the Wreath Ring (Using 12 inch ring, hay, binding wire)
Part 7: Preparing and attaching your foliage (to create the 'green' base)
Part 8: Decorate your wreath
Part 9: How to hang your wreath and aftercare
Part 10: Thank-you

We can't wait to see what you make
Enjoy!
Helen and Sophie xx

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Helen Woodford

Relax, Unwind, Unleash your Creativity

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Hello, I'm Helen.

I run Create! Art School in Nottingham, UK. 

A former secondary school art teacher, I am now headteacher of my own tiny school!

I am passionate about helping people take time away from their daily lives to relax, unwind, unleash their creativity and make beautiful art. 

I give you the chance to take the time and space, and provide the expertise so you can find your inner creative. 

 

 

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1. Wreath Making Intro: Is, is, is. Hello, happy Christmas. Welcome to our reef making workshop. We've helped hundreds of people create beautiful Christmas rates a regains. And now we're here to help you create yields. My name is Helen. I run create art school based in west bridge fit in Nottingham in the UK. And in the winter, I went with my system safety. Then I runs sanctuary garden design. We're going to take you through step-by-step, everything you need to know about a workshop that has lots of videos to watch and lots of handouts to download. So just watch them and really enjoy your week making session. 2. Preparation: This is still extremely happy Christmas. Welcome to our reef making workshop. We've helped hundreds of people create beautiful Christmas rates and they gaze. And now we're here to help you create it yields. My name is Helen. I run create art school it by saying webpage fit in Nottingham in the UK. Help people relax and wind, unleash their creativity and make beautiful art. And in the winter, I worked with my sister, has some safety. Then I runs sanctuary garden design. And I create beautiful, sophisticated outdoor living spaces for everybody to enjoy. We're going to take you through step-by-step, everything you need to know about the workshop that has lots of videos to watch and lots of handouts to download. So just watch them and really enjoy your week making session. I wanted to talk a little bit about character before we started making the reef, you need to make a few decisions about what you want your style. If we to be, there's loads of different types. You know, you can just go and get some inspiration from lots of places. Look on the Internet, become Pinterest. Instagram. There's just tons and tons of ideas out there. We're just gonna give you a few ideas, a few types, especially in the download section, you can look at a lot of pictures of reefs that we've made with clients in the studio here. But I've just bought a couple here to show you that you can vary the styles and the shapes. So this is quite a traditional style of week. This one here, it's got lovely foliage, it's got an oranges and it's got cinema non-native, got ribbon wrapped on it through as really lovely it is quite traditional. Stars could be on the side, whereas this one is probably a little bit more contemporary. It's got some different foliage. It's got some more purple colors, and it's wrapped with potluck, wrapped with ribbons aid can make it look quite different, just in quite easy, simple ways. Things to consider when you're designing your wreath is where is it going to go? Is it going to be on your front door? Some people don't have a front door they lacked hang them on their back door, on that shared or in their house. Even, you can even use them as table decorations. There's quite a lot of different places to think about where you're where you're putting at. What color is your front door? How old does your house if you got a very modern house on old house floors or Haskell is fine, you can just put any started with it and it works. Are you going to the florist to get your foliage and your things to go on it. So in that case, is it quite solve manicured and tidy, or you're gonna go foraging? Is it going to be quite rough and rustic and a little bit more? Interesting beyond natural, what do you, what are you going to use for a grantees found objects? Are you going to fairy lights on here? You're going to have bobbles on it. So there's loads of different things you can do. And it's just worth having a little think about it before you launch in as to what you want it to look like. So how about if something gets some inspiration? And in the next video, Sophie's going to show you how the reef is actually structured so you can see how it's made. The reef is composed of three different components. As you can say, here's the finished race. But if we just turn, I left. We can see on the back, the main structure is made of hay on a ring. On top of this ring of, hey, we add our foliage and seeing here. Finally we decorate it. And next Hellman's gonna show you which tools and equipment you're going to need to erase spots. During this section, I'm gonna talk you through the tools that you need and the materials that you need to make your race. You don't need all of these. You can improvise and I'm going to tell you a little bit about that in a minute. The basic thing to make your reader sort of structure is that you need a ring. This is a twelv inch ring, but you can get small ones and big ones. This is a good front door size we find. And it's a great base because what we do is we wrap all the materials around the ring and it stays nice and sturdy. Also, you can reuse these so you can unwrap your wreath when you've finished with it, and you can use it again next time. We also use flourish treatises which are great because they are really strong and they cut through thick foliage, but also they cut through wire, which has two things that you need for your ring. With this, you can say use soccer tears and they cut through thick foliage as well. And you could use wire cutter, so that's an alternative. Use what you've got at home. We use this wires could binding wire if binds everything onto the ring, Keep it nice and stable. And we use that in the first part. And then later on we'll use this called stubbing wire. And it's quite strong wire, it stays nice and sturdy and you can sort of stop it into your Rick reef and keep everything, all the declarations on there nice and tightly. The structure of what you actually join on your reef is as follows. So we use, Hey, if you are allergic to hey, you can use moss. What the hey does it retains the moisture onto your ring and it gives it a nice sturdy base so that you can keep your foliage and your your failures nice and hydrated throughout the period you've got your ring. We're not. We also attach foliage onto it and we've got lots of different types. We're going to talk about that in the next section. So lots of different things here that you can join on. Again, you don't need all of them. You can make them much and choose different things. The final part of the ring and reef is to attach decorations onto it. So we've got a variety of loads and loads of different things you can use for their. We've got berries and we've got bells, we've got cinema and we've got fruit. It can put ribbon on it, or different colors. Of course, seed heads, robot cones. So there's so much to choose from and it's really a personal thing that the declaration part. So in the next section, say if he's going to take you through all the different types of foliage that you can use for your vision. Okay, so now we're going to find our foliage far wreath. So whether you're going to your local florist or you're going out to debit festive foraging, we need to find a nice base layer to make the sort of lush and bring. So we like to use conifers, which is basically your Christmas trees. And you've got your first pines and spruce. We like to use a nice bit of blues proofs, which has gone nice, fleshy Nado, smells really nice and it's quite soft to work with, which is really good. But don't worry, if you don't have any Christmas tree, you can use a very late. And I, so this is quite common, is used, used as a hedge. So you can go and cut some of that off if you've got some of that. And you can Larry up nicely to make a nice thick bushy rates. So on top of those, we're going to use a nice accent foliage. So we've got things like your traditional hallway, which is really nice, even got some babies here. There's lots of different colors and leaf shapes of foliage. We've got a nice aromatic eucalyptus with a nice blue leaf here. If he felt something purple, you could go with this laura penicillin, which is an evergreen witch hazel, which is really nice. Other varieties of colors you've got your pitches forums, they come in different shiny grains or per poles. We've got FE here, which is really nice, smells really nice. So you bay that you cook with, that's a nice leaf-shaped there. You got headings which are quite common. Garden plot, different leaf shapes, colors, all sorts of things like that. We've got our EV, which is nice. You can sort of twining three reef. But be careful because it can give you best skin irritation. So if you not show, wear gloves. And then we've got some periods here, which is pretty leaf, nice, sort of creamy, more genuine NEH, there adds a bit of interest. And then we've got a Mexican orange blossom, which is choice E. And that's going to beautiful sent to it as well. But if he got to go with something a little bit different, you can go with some nice winter stems. So things like your twisted your cork, corkscrew Hazel that she's really pretty adds a nice texture or you go with a nice red doc with stem. Okay, so now we're going to learn how to actually put our reef together. So we're gonna go back over to Helen and she's going to show us how to start. Is it 3. Making: Okay. So in this section we're going to attach the hay around the ring to make a nice plump base for the rest of the foliage to go on. So the first thing I'm gonna do is just grab my y. This is binding wire. So if you need to get some of this, just ask for binding wire. You can get it from shop, hop florist, coffee shops anywhere that sort of tells any flavus tree supplies, internet, you know, you can get it from all sorts of places. So this y is quite flexible, it's quite movable. And also it's got a really good school. You can pull through your fingers and I'll show you how to do that in detail. Ok, so I'm going to show you how to create the whole rank. So you've got lots of chances to see how I do it. So what I'm gonna do first is attached this wire onto the ring. So just to do that, I'm going to hold the ring up a little bit and I'm going to pull the wire around the ring like this. So I'm going to wine it round carefully. So to creating almost like a ribbon of why I'm running twining around the outside of the ring like that. So that gives me a really good secure base. It's not going to go anywhere if I pull it tight because I am going to have to pull it quite tight when I'm working with it. I'm just going to lay that down on the table and I'm going to get some hay. So I always think to sort of good handfuls of hay is a good starting points, a little bit messy. So you might have met at tidying up to do after this. And I'm just going to put the hay on the ring like that, Just hold it with my hands. And I am going to get the wire and pull the wire around to enclose the hay on the ring. You see it sort of dropping out, but don't worry if things dropout and I'm pulling the wire through my fingers. So it kind of creates a spool, is going round and round. You're going to have to do this quite free time. So get into a position that's comfortable to do it. Hold it nice and tight. And notice I'm pulling the wire through the middle of the ring and out the other side and I'm coming coming round into the ring each time I do it. So I'm just letting it drop onto the table and then I'm pulling it round. Do it nice and tight because you don't want anything falling out while you do it. So I'm just going to grab another chunk of hay and protect sort of so it's slightly overlaps the last one like that. So it kinda bunches up together. And what you're trying to do is trying to get a really nice, consistent feel to the ring. So it's all sorts of similar thickness of hay. So each time I do it, I'm just pulling it round. You might get fixed drop-off. You might have to put it down and kind of reattach behave Chang Qian Tu De Ren, but it's fine. You just try and try and do it as best you can. Oh, so you might get lumpy, bumpy because as you go around, but you can always go back and again with your wire and just attach those bits on if there's looking a bit sort of like they're going to fall off. Just go around and secure them on nicely. You can see how messy the face. You might want to do it somewhere. Where the tidying up scant, not meant to be too hard like a sort of nice, smooth surface floor, like a tiled floor. It's very good to sweep up. Carpets are a bit harder with hay and pulling it rounds, touching it on us again. And each time I'm leaving the wire along a bit. So i've got about I say inch gap in-between three centimeters between each layer of wire that I've got there. So I'm going to keep touching it and try and get a nice clump. It feels a bit funny, sort of holding the heyday and then letting it sort of rest while you pull the wire around. But just try to do that because it's really, it's really easy to attach it once it sort of CityLab. And look, we have got quite a lot of debris that that's absolutely fine. Say I'm so bunching atop each Sean and doing it always asked beginning. So I wanted to just talk a little bit about what the hey, actually does. It retains the moisture. So when you're rate is hanging on your door, the last thing you want is for everything to dry out. So once you've got it on your door, the Hay kind of sucks all the water in the atmosphere and keeps your wreath hydrated. We're going to give you some aftercare ideas at the end as well. Keep it nice, but that's what the role is of it is. Okay. So I'm sort of back to the beginning now. I've got a few lumpy bits, but what I can do is go around again. So I can just wrap my, my boy around. But you're not going to see this. So it really doesn't matter if you have got a few bits were a bit uneven. So I'm gonna go around twice for it, nice and tight in the same place. I'm gonna go around a third time, actually just sort of stop it. And then I'm going to snip off the end of the wire and just leaving a little tail. Because what I'm gonna do with that tail is tiny, tiny Eva and just sort of feed it back into the back of the y omega. Come stitching it. Three little stitches, say one. But you're sewing. And then make sure you talk you a little piece in this shop that ended the wire can be quite sharp. So there's my Reef Base and I'm just going to give it a little haircut now. So with my florist resistance, this is why these are so good, because I've been able to use it on the wire and on the hay without having to change apparatus. So you've just got one thing that does everything. So just trimming it to finite us fly about Tibet. And if you have got hayfever, make sure you take some some medication before you do this. It's not very pleasant for yourself. If you don't take Medicaid. Just trimming it sorts of top and bottom all the way around getting any bits of the two sort of sticking out into the middle. As I say, you're not gonna see much of it, but you're going to have a few of these debts are quite intrusive on the middle of the ring, so just get rid of those. And any large bits that you might have. Or just give it a little haircut. And then it's ready to go for the next step. The next step is to attach your foliage. I'm sorry if he's going to show you how to do that in the next section. Is. Okay, so now we're going to make up ring with the foliage, John. But what we need to do first is my bunches of, of age which we'll attach separately. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to type more spruce. Gotta not lower branch, the Christmas tree. Hey, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to make cut to mechanize hand saw iss pace. So I'm gonna what I'm gonna do is I'm going to take three pieces approximately the same size. You can use as many pieces as you like. What I'm doing is I'm layering them up with hand shaped like this. I'm going to use three pieces. And that gives a nice fan shape way or using the Layland d i. So I'm going to then lie as a lay land DI on top. Again, I've got some pieces here. So this piece is rather long. So I wanted to be just shorter then the spruce. So I'm just going to lay on the top and snippets that. And later on there again. Another piece. The great thing about late lambda i is on one side, it's gotta darker gray and then the other side is a Malloy migraine. So you can go with whatever you feel, suits you will read. So my bike, I'm going to lay them on there just like that. And then I'm going to take my accident foliage, which this ongoing to use that beautiful eucalyptus. So this will create a nice contemporary. So I'm going to take a piece of this. I'm just gonna lay on left, make sure it's about the length and kept. So there we go. We have our first bunch to use in the reef for 12 injuries. We're going to need about 12 days bunches. So good charts to Michel these up first thing, and then you can attach them all at the same time. So now we're going to have a little recap and you have to make it be bunches. Kenny, say now we've prepared of fairly inch bunches. We're gonna show you how to attach them onto the ring with hay that we made earlier. So what we need to do is take all bonding wire that we used earlier and we attach it to the ring. I'm going to show you a slightly different technique to tying it. I am just going to push it round ring and toys. And I will double knotted geo-spatial. Unless lives end, I'm just going to talk into the ring to it doesn't scratch in much the same as we did with attaching the hey, we've got a wire in front of the top of the ring. So I'm gonna take my first foliage bunch and just make sure it's arranged exactly how I want it to look. Nice sort of fan shape that pulling my little accent on the top. And then I'm going to lie in the middle of the ring. So down the center, like that. And I'm going to pull the wire over about an inch stem. And I'm going to type really tight around three times. So that's really nice and tight. So that's not going to come off. So we're gonna take the second bunch, arrange that nicely. Then I'm gonna put that over the first boat, not too close otherwise uracil end up out here. But just so that you can still see what's underneath, you can't see that lawyer pulling that ground. And three times again. And then we'll just move it around slightly and get my third bunch on that wire up. The next patch. You can say it really pushing out now is starting to take shape. X1 either that we were about halfway round ready. The way that we're covering up. Anything that's sticking out. Little bits that aren't be sticking out neatly. Making sure all the stems are gonna get covered by the wire. Don't worry if any bits do come out. Take your time. When you do it. Close to the beginning. You have to finish the last one off. Looks like one more after this contour gap for the last bunch. So we're going to take, what we're gonna do is we're going to pop it just underneath the first bunch. So covering up the last one that we've done. And then if we just pull up forward to bring that y around underneath the first bunch, you'll never know where the beginning is. Three times k. And then we're gonna take it to the back as Helen did before, which is gonna wind it through. Three little stitches again. Get scratched with it. We have. And now it is ready to be decorated. And she's going to show you how to do that. This is a rotisserie, knew the full foliage. We, but we thought we'd show you another version which is really popular, which is a part, fairly edge part wrapped reef. So safety's already pulled the foliage unless one so you can see it goes almost round but three quarters, but slightly different configurations. It doesn't matter. And she's used to beat for papel leaf, for her top dressing on this one smells absolutely delicious and looks beautiful. And so we've decided to accept less with a purple ribbon, which picks up this beautiful color. So you can't even leave your high exposed. Some people like that really rustic look. We're going to cover it up. And I've got this purples of Spark or weapon, which is really pretty. So I'm just gonna pocket a front, it's the side just to show you how to attach it's ever so simple. Just pop your Ribbon Round your ring and just tie a little knot. Ok, so it doesn't come on. Dan talked to typeset, went to clench the reef in whips. Just gonna turn it back over. So I can see already off kind of nato shuffle it up a little bit along that because I don't want any of the Hay pumping three. So I'm just going to pull this ribbon through. Garb run for long. Scientists predict rave. And then what I'm gonna do is just slightly overlapped a sham, I do a round three just to try and keep the riven flat so it doesn't turn while and roughing it around because she got a ring colony otherwise. So I'm just gonna wrap a little bit, a little, little sort of slightly overlapping area with the weapon. This is what happens, I guess big tangling because it's very long. Just products wave. It can even sort of roll it up a little bit to stop it from doing that. So just gonna predict through overlap, each Shamma did a little bit of the Ribbon before gets covered up with this new role. So I'm just gonna go all along for the quiet types. It looks really tie kind of nicely neatly packed. And you kind of have to turn a little bit just to see whether if the ribbons kind of got a bit core two bit turned over, it starts to look a bit different, especially if you've got two faces of the ribbon with some ribbon can have different colors on each side. So just be aware of that. As you get further along, it gets easier because you got less ribbon to pull. The wave starts to become a quicker process. But put it nice and tight so the hay doesn't pull, push the ribbon, often bumpy, want to contract, try making it flat and smooth if he can. You can use to women's as well to different colors. You can obtain, alternate them kind of have like a swell to things they just pulled up a little bit, so I just needed to talk it down again all the way. And then when get us beginning to work out where you want to stop and then turn it back over again and just talk in to itself. So look at the last spit Oded and just tuck it back through. Or we can tie into some wire that's a bit loose and the gap just hide it in my app. Let's just check it before I double NorTech. Yeah, it's good as a field is, hey, breaking out, we can just pull them or trim them. Just gonna do a little extra not stays nice and security demo to unraveling. So start there and then I can talk another bio on here, say in the corner. And that would look quite nice. Or maybe on the top, in the middle or on the bottom. So you can either hang it like that or like that. Sideways. You can hang anyway one really. But it just gives you an alternative kind of reefs without the full foliage going around the outside. So let's read this already for decoration now. So next section, girl sharing of data. 4. Decorations : So in this section I'm going to show you how to tie the perfect bag. I'm going to show you three different ways of doing it. And we'll start with the just the Thai method. There's lots of cheat ways of doing it. And I think it's going to be a real sort of crowning glory of your RAM, of your wreath. So I've got two ribbons here of just cut about an arm span worth of ribbon, two colors. And they compliment each other quite well. If you choose colleagues as similar to each other than they weren't really show up. So try and get some contrasts. And sometimes pattern and plain works really well together. Say, just to consider also, if you want the color to match anything. So you might have a front door color that you want it to look like or something like that or just a scheme in your declarations. So I'm just lining the ribbon upset, so two on top of it. And I've just matched up the ends so that they are the same. Because otherwise your Bible be bronchi. And I'm just sort of putting it on the table trying to find the middle point in the bow. So if you fold it in how you find it, and as my middle point. So I know that that's going to be wherever I need to have my loop, which hangs down like that. So I want to make to you is of a bunny soak my fingers in the ears like that. And then I'm going to hold the bar is easy to do one color bomb during a two. But you can do it with as many colors as you want. Anybody can get big tangled, so watch out for that. So I'm going to distribute material Bunny is like this. And then depending on how big your bio you want to be, you make the bunny is longer. So if I wanted a really big buy, but make them a lot longer than NACA and now say it made them live longer. So let's try this one. Sometimes I have to retry a couple of times to adjust. So what I'm gonna do is I've got my bunnies here. I'm just going to tie them off the top of each other, cross the river like that, and then pull the end through to make a knot in the middle. It's going to have to flip this tail over the top. So that's when you get your shape like that. And then what I do is I just lay down and I maneuver it. This is not always wherever I want it to go, so I want a green on top. It's clearly tied itself in a different way underneath. So I just have to maneuver certain bits of the bow to make it do what I want. And that is longer than that AS i'm just going to adjust it a little bit. And if you don't get it right the first time, just practice it. So I'm just gonna pull it tight just because that gives me an element of control. And you can see materials are different lengths, so I'm gonna pull this one just carefully. There are two ribbons, it's always a bit more tricky. Just pull it hides. This one's longer now, so I'm going to have to pull this one. I don't want very big ears on my Benet. I want them to be but smaller and more compact. So I'm going to tie it nice and tight. And each time I tie a tie, I'm just pulling the astray because each Tommy Poland, it loosens out quite nicely. Little a's. And then I'm just gonna twist that over because it's sneaked over again. To go the right way around. Sometimes boasting behave themselves. So you have to do some extra bits, like maybe put some y around the middle and then tie. So if I turn it around like this, somewhere around the middle layer and then sometimes have a, have a fake bits of ribbon going down the middle. But basically it doesn't have to be a proper tie. It come they suit of cheating, by which I'm going to show you some methods in a minute to do that. So I've got my ties nicely. Now. I have to adopt very so I'm just gonna try it tight. So it's nice, neat. That's not going to come on down. And elements get my sees is I'm just going to even stop. I'm gonna do a nice little feature. So Mentor, just use amusing. Dressmaking says is so nice and sharp. The kinase Forestry says is released. Just can't put a tail on the end like that. And we're gonna do a corresponding tail on the gray, but just make it slightly longer so that when they fall away, fall like that. Let's do another one to match this site. Okay. So there we go. So there's our bag. So that's an easy tie by, but to make it easy, I can do it in one color. So I'm just gonna pop on over there. And I'm gonna do another bot is time using a stapler, which is a really good cheat. Say can do, basically, can make a length of ribbon. So I'm just going to make two ears and just check how much I need. So I'm gonna do it by about that dong. So I'm just gonna cut us off. I was advised trying to tell you about on the role, rather than just cutting a big length of men not being right or being leading to much. So what I've done here is I've just leap to round in a fake though. So of course stay for the Ribbon. And then I've put up there in the middle. Wanted shorter and a bit smaller. So I'm just going to adjust. I'm gonna guess stapler state plan here. Holds my very together perfectly, but it's not got too much bulk to it. So I need to pop a little fake bit round the outside. Who's going to get more of this turquoise and just pull it around, turn it on its back. So I need to make a note about that long. Always have a bit more than any drug and a bit less. I'm just gonna tie the bow on the back. And we'll want to nice plump and of time they wanted to type tightened sites to see what looks like. So that's quite a nice middle Bednar. I'm just gonna try and W naught to set doesn't come undone. Okay, and then you can hide these base that you don't want it that makes quite a nice little BioShock down and then you just hide these bits. And if I village or cut them off. And then let's just do a nice little feature on the end. So I'm going to cut it. We'll share farms is time. My virus that gives a nice little feature. So that's another feature of about like that. And again, this is going on with your why, which you're gonna see in the next section. I'd ask the secondary tonic. And then the third bowtie. Again, I've used two different colors to spur. It might have a couple of main colors in your wifi on to use. Say this is a really nice, easy method. If you want a kind of nice flourish, we call this a leaky bag. So I'm gonna just find roughly the middle. Doesn't really match with this one because you can make it kind of quite, quite elaborate. No-no, notice the ends too much. I'm going to just do loop, so I'm gonna catch them in my hand. So I'm creating loops of color here. And it doesn't match if the ribbon twists because you're going to have the more mixed up together anyway, I'm just sort of making a bunch of leaves, right? So I've got major sort of Osaka flower of leaves. And then I'm going to get my wire and just make a twist round here. My son tightly. So amazing binding wire. Loop around the loops. If the Rivendell, and they've got a little so, so fluffy ribbon. And then you can join that on. In the next section, I'm going to show you all about how to join things on to your region. So in this part of the workshop, we're going to show you how to attach wire onto all the different types of declarations to be able to join them onto your vth. We find, when we're doing this in person, people find this the most tricky thing because there's so many variations of declarations and so many ways to join them on. So we thought we'd give you some special kind of attention onto this because it's one of the things people find the hardest to do. So I'm gonna talk you through all these different decorations and how to attach things onto them. Because they are, some of them are a little bit fiddly. Some of them are easy as among them land. So I've got lots of stubbing Y here. And the stopping wire is called stopping why week say it's called stubbing wire because it's the wire that stays strong and it stops through the reef and goes right through to the bark and stays nice and in a line, which means you can then attach it on which I'm going to show you in the next section how to join it actually onto the reef. But I thought this section will just show you how to pop them onto these. So there's quite a lot of things you can do. So I'll just take you through some of the big items. First of all, first, firstly, you probably want a nice by we're kind of central feature on your wreath. So I've got a ready-made here. And you're just going to, What you need to do is feed your wire through the back of the bot. So it slides in like that. So that just captures the bow at the back with the wire. So that's a really good secure way of joining it on. And then I'm just going to bend it around. So it's double-back, look a bit like a shepherd's crook, kind of sort of shape. And then I'm going to twist that together with the wire. Just maybe wear gloves if you worried about your hands because they are quite sharp these wires. So what I've done is just attached it around the back and bent it background. So it's got a nice sort of secure bet. And then when I turn the wafer, you can't see the wire anymore. It's just a touched on. And I was fine when I join these on, I sometimes need to just rearrange the bow slightly, just tidy them up. You've got a nice wire at the back here just to stop that into the reef wherever you want it to go. So that's the first one. I'm going to now attach some of the fruits and cones. So currents are great because they're kind of ready made for this. They've got all these different layers at the bottom. So if you turn it around, you can see a sort of natural sort of ledge around there. And then I'm going to get my wire and just put a puppet into that bottom bit, bottom bit of the cone. Hold it in place with one of your thumbs and then with the other hand. So to wrap it around like a scarf and the bottom of the tiring. And then you've got the code on the little stick. And again, that gets stamped into the reef and secured underneath. That's a really good one. Today. We've got Cinnamon. Now cinnamon is really, again, perfect because it's already got to hold freedom middle. So I'm just going to get my stick and put it through the middle. There's a couple of ways to do this. I'll show you a couple of ways, but it's rarely so it comes to the end and then kind of bend your, put it in the middle, Lima. And then banjo wire backgrounds, that kind of comes back to it. And you can either just sort of wrap it underneath and tie it together a little bit like that. You might see this wire because it will be underneath and it buried in all your foliage. And then you just pop that down into the reef. You could attach it. You can use this bit to attach on to something else. And then that is a really good joining mechanism. Oranges are very popular on our reefs. We could do them as ones. So these are just oranges that are being dried in the oven or you can buy them from a florist. You could put two or three together if you see that. So it is like a fan basically of oranges. I'm just going to stick the wire through which the other side, sometimes you need to do one at a time because they gave it the pith bits quite hard. So if I just found that out like that just to get a bit more thread and then twist it round, bend the shepherd's crook, and then just give that little twist. A lot of this wire, he won't actually say because it will be inside the foliage. And then you just sort of position that in your wreath and that hides up it there. And you can then rearrange things to be as, as a farm. Pumpkin seeds are quite hard little pumpkins, but very nice, lovely on reads. And you can do this by, again sticking something through inside it there quite, quite stiff in the middle, are just popped up in heaven, let it come out the top. And then that's quite an easy one to just stick that into the reef and that makes her a meat 0s one. You can push them right through and looping around if you want to. But then you might see a little bit of the why SHE used a bit, but it's got a ritual, something in it, flatMap. Apples, apples a very nice, they smell nice too. And gigantic could do twos or threes of those, putting those together. Lotus flowers, these electrodes, pods, these are really cool. They look the alien, I think that unusual, but I really distinctive. Excellent. And actually we got quite a lot of people putting glitter on them and make them look a bit, bit more sparkly. I'm just going to push the wire. Feedback. They're quite easy to break through the crisis. So when you do that, and then again, just twisting my arm. So that becomes a nice little flower with the stem. You can just push that into your reef. Some berries. So we find with berries they come on these, we use artificial barriers because they retain their color and also they're not dangerous for anyone. You might have paths and things. You don't want children and you don't want to bite. Entity varies if a foreign floor. So artificial ones are great. And what we find with these is they look really good in little clumps. So they come on these little wires like this. And then you put them together in little clumps. I always think odd numbers worked really well for, for design purposes. So got little bunch either. And then I'm just gonna twist, twist, twist, twist them together so they become a little bunch like that. And then you can either use these wires to join them on with. So talk them underneath little bits of wire on your wreath. Or you can use another wire and again, wrap it around, say sort of twisted. It's nice and secure. So little twists on the edge. And then you can, again step that into your way through all different kinds of berries. They work exactly the same way. We found these were very popular loss little bells. You can either read them onto a ribbon, thin ribbon, or even a little bit of strings and thing like that. Or you can put them onto a wire again. So I've just threatened down there like that and it's going to bend it around. Just make sure it can Jingle. You don't want it too hard, too hardly joined. You want it nice and loose like that. And then just put it on to the reef like that. And then you've got a few little sparkly Jingle Bells. And again, you can group those into twos and threes or whatever. You can mix and match things together. And you know, that's just a really simple method, but just follow the sort of system of joining things together. Now I'm going to show you how to join some items onto the reef. I want to make a quite a themed reached. I am going to do a sort of zesty or entry. So I'm going to use the oranges and the cinnamon and some ribbon. I'm going to join those all and to show you how to bring a scheme together, don't feel like you have to join every single item onto your ring because you don't have to just choose the things that you like that you think will go together. So in the next section, I'm gonna show you how to join a scheme of decorations on to the next class. So in the last section I showed you how lots of ways of how to join your wire. You're stopping wire onto your declaration said you can really customize your week to make exactly how you want. I'm now gonna show you how to join all those little features onto your beef to kind of bring it into a scheme and kind of make it, make it how you want it to look. So I'm going to just show you one more method of how to draw joining the cinnamon on together. The last section I showed you how to put the wire down into the middle of it. But this time I'm going to show you how to join it on to the middle. So it's going to hold the stick with one hand, hold the wire with my thumb. And then just roll it around, wrapping around like a scar around the edge of the cinnamon is, creates a nice little ring of wire, that coil of wire, it can be a little bit loose. So sometimes you might complement this by putting some string. Wind is nice SEM, sort of Hessians string or you could put some little bit Ribbon Round, say there's lots of ways you can do it in disguise it. But that's, that's a good method. So I'm just gonna put that to one side. So I'm going to go all my bits mops ready that I want to join on. So I've got some orange slices. I've got some cinnamon sticks already prepared. I've got some ribbon. I've got a and I've got some wrap-around within that. I'm going to take him out on the reef, which I'll show you how to do in a minute. And I've also got a getter. So you can add a bit, a bit of sparkle onto certain bits if you want to as well. So this is just politically, that's best thing to use. And just let it dry after you've done it for quite awhile because it's a bit sticky. So I'm just going to pull the reef. Are you further remade before? And you can see, although you can't see any joins it does have so fall into natural sections that you can kind of create, create sort of a nice rhythm to your decorations with it. So I really like to wrap ribbon through the reef. It gets a little flash of color. But you might prefer not to do that, but I've, I like, I think it gives it a nice luxurious feel. So I love a two tone ribbons. I've got here a really nice thin ribbon. And I've got the perfect sort of zesty colors for this reef. So we've got a bit of gold and better brides to orangey color. And all I'm gonna do is just tie. So this is about two pieces of ribbon which would do the whole weapon going round in Iraq. I'm just going to tie a knot at the end. So it's nice, tight knot. And I'm gonna get piece of wire this up stopping wire. And I'm just going to pop that through the not just through bit way can wiggle it through. Sometimes it takes a bit of wiggling and it's going to make my little shepherd's crook shape and just tie it back on itself so it makes a little twist. So with this one, we need to start from the back. So I'm going to turn the resave Earth right now. And I'm just going to pop the wire through a loose bits of wire that you've got on the back. So you might have to dig around a little bit and find where There's a bit that you can just attach into. So that seems OK. So I'm just going to sort of spirit through like that. And I'm going to just wrap it around a couple of times to so you will say three little stitches. This was a little bit harder to do that with because it's just a little bit less bendy. Just serve it three times and then make sure this end is not sticking out but you'll get scratched. So just pay it back into the hay on the base like that. It won't come through and hurt you. That it's not nice and neatly away. So I've got my two legs with ribbon does get a bit tangling if you don't keep on top of it. So just be careful when you're kind of wrapping it around that you don't get the ends tied to, tucked up together. I'm just going to find a segment. So I can see that that's where a bunches, that's where a bunch starts and ends. So I'm just going to wrap the ribbon through that. Or you won't see all of the ribbon, but you'll see glimpses of the colour, which is what's really nice about it, just gives you a little touch of luxury. Who's going to pull that three like that. And then I'm just going to pop it into the next one. I quite like the way the ribbon twists. So you can see different colors served just twisting it as a guide so it conforms. To say you have to keep an eye on the end of the ribbon, otherwise it gets fit tangling. I'm going through each of the bunches one at a time. So to find the m, sometimes it's easy to do one at a time. So this is a very well-made Greece because I can't really say that the beginning and the end of the bunches and really having to just define them sign of a good rating. So are you saying that sometimes the oranges on top sometimes go days, the last kid. And the findings in some ways, the ribbon is sort of stopping some of the faded poking out. What I'm gonna do is show you how to fluff that up in a minute, all the way through. But I've got quite a bit of this left at the end. So I could even leave that trailing, which is quite nice. Or I can sort of tease this ribbon out a little bit to make it so to fit most sticking out and get more of a feature. And I'm just going to tease it through a little bit just to make it look a bit more colorful. And then you're just gonna need to go back through your bunches and just unpack any bits that gone on top of the ribbon and gone underneath the ribbon. So that is sort of underneath or you might like it on top, that's fine. So it's very, very personal. Things, things change all the time with them. So trends, you can just decide what you like. That's really important. So I'm just going to pull that back for that's my last one. And then I'm just going to reattach it to the back just by because you can see where the ribbons can cycled round. If you just reattach it to the first bet. If you want to search on common Dan, just tie analytical, not Python. Or you can leave, you can leave your weapons trailing, or you can snap them off. So I'm going to tidy that up in a minute with some scissors. So I quite like that. So that kind of gives me a little bit of a idea where am I? Bow might go. So I've got least trails here. So I'm going to show you how to join my bow now. So for this lovely color running three. And then I'm going to get this. I'm gonna put a little bit of wire three red. So again, you need a bit of wiggling together. End's gonna turn around and twist it. So it's nice Italy P-value that I'm just going to find little section for it to go. You know, you can go really asymmetric with your bow if you want to have to have it in the middle, I'm trading down. You can have it on the side, you can have it three quarters. It depends where you hang your eye, your reef, the orientation which we're gonna talk about in the next section. But I'll just hold it up in two different ways. You can sort of see how it, how it works. So I've pulled my wire right through the back. So it's come right through you and it's nice and sturdy. And then I'm just going to pop this service is my favorite way of joining things on a reef. I'm going to turn my back on itself, may buckle. And we're Porsche in there. So it makes a little archway. And then I just do this twist like this. And our anchors in your declarations really tightly then this loop, so two stops, the min pulled out again. So I think that's a really good method and then just tuck it in. So you can see now with the reef and it's got the barrier attached, it's got the ribbon running around the middle. Then you can sort of start to think because that's quite an evolving process making the reef you're not always sure what you want it to end up by. I quite like a biologist on this side. So it's sort of asymmetric, but you could have it where it's on the bottom. So it's training down. Or you could have it at the top. So it's trailing over the middle. So you can have it in different orientations. It doesn't matter, but just so you get a feel of it when you making it. And often people come to us when they do studio classes with us and they make reefs and they come away thinking Archea made a completely different 35x to the start I thought he was going to make. So I'm now going to put my fruit and my cinnamon in. So it's very simple processes is the same for any other thing that you join on. So as long as you've got this nice strong piece of wire, you can stab it through and turn the key at the back. So I think working in odd numbers works really well on reefs. Especially if you've got two different materials, have got my oranges and what my senior in some way to automate or in sediment orange cinnamon around. So I'm going to find a little space. So I'm going to have this as my central focus, but I'm just going to find a little gap here. So I'm going to do is push the wireframe. You have to be careful of your fingers. Now decide if you're not watching what you're doing is product through. Just check it's in the right place before you touch it because it's quite hard to get them off. At the end. I want to find mine out of it like that. So there are little farm that then you've got some failures. You can just cover the bit of wires, that's fine. And I'm just going to pop the what, the wreath over onto the other side. Make the loop and twisted RPI K. That's really simple method, easily repeatable. So a lot of people as well when they, when they make me say want to work out where things are going to go. So now that scene, I can sort of start thinking K11. Among nasa, we always suggest working in odd numbers because it so to visually balances out. And so you can split them into five. And then I'm going to have a cinnamon, cinnamon cinema, cinema mass. So that sort of works out and you can work out if he lay it on top, what exactly you're missing if you are. I've got an extra ones on one side. So that's great. But what you need to do now is get everything secure before you turn a forgotten, because otherwise everything drops off. So I'm just gonna pick everything through the wreath now, just going to do one at a time to sell them in the right place. Just watch your fingers because she can't see what you're doing. So I push the y, S3 should be very careful. Person X1 three, X1 three. Sometimes you have to dig them out of it, find an easy place for it to guys from Tom. She got quite dense foliage so it doesn't go through the next one. The next one. Final Spanx from the beginning. So everything not on it. And I've dropped some oranges and I need often when you're working on it, you have to kind of pick things up because they fall off as you're going along quite nicely. Quite like them raised up by what embed them writing. So I'm going to pull the right rounds. Lucas kinda carefully turn a birth without dropping NSA privately. If they do kind of know where the gaps are. And then I'm just going to pull the the wire through and just to touch the finish attaching it. So you might want to just check as you're doing this work, how it sets, but you can always adjust it afterwards. So this is quite easy and I can just join the moral. If you've missed any, just go back and check the other side. And you'll soon realize which ones need attaching because you'll be able to fall now. But you'll see the easily the gaps, the E-Flat. So that's, that's good. Okay. And I'm just going to fall days down, so they're not in the way. That's another one. You've seen a spiky can't be named which ones? Okay. So that's all of them done. And if I turn the waiver ethically older, I've lost one Cinnamon that's come out of somewhere. There it is not about 1-3 detail one drop, but most of them are pretty secure of Amana. So I found a guy. So then you can sort of mess around with it a little bit. You've probably got higher. The rabbi knocks, it starts to shut a little bit. We'll believe spirits the Piton earlier. And you can just sort of check how things stand. There might be a bit subfamilies that you just want to rearrange lightly, like that. They just want to cover them. It's cinnamon wire. And I might just talk this orange underneath there a little bit. So you can just kind of mess around with it a little bit. And I always find the best place to mess around with the reef is when it's up. So hang it up and then have a look in the position you want it to be in. And then you can kind of check what needs to be done to it. And this is the time that you need to arguably glitter on, if you want to say can put some little bits of glitter on. Just to kind of give a little bit at the sparkle. Just the odd little bit here and there. Don't put too much on where you might want. Wanted really sparkly, but just remember it does take a little bit of time to dry. So just put little bits of glitter on some of the assignments just to give a little bit of a sparkle, though it's very subtle site. So if he's going to now show you how to do some things to your wreath. That main means that it can hang up so she can show you some methods to do that. I'm going to and they backed hat. Okay, so now we've decorated or race, we need a wider hanging on offer dough. So there's various different options. One option is to use a matching ribbon. So I'm going to hang it from the top here. So I'm just going to turn that round flying through the wire. And then I'm going to lift the other end, another bit of wire over here. And then I can turn it round. And I've put a few useful ribbon Tang and from, and you can hang on your door if you've gotta hook. If there's various different options you can buy from the shop says sort of over the door hangers, soccer cups, or if you just go a nail on the door, that's perfect. And if you didn't want to hang out with the ribbon, there's a different alternative. Return over again. What we can do is we can use the same binding one that we've used previously. So what we want to do is we want to take off a length of wire, snip, that same principle as the Ribbon. I'm just gonna tuck it under the wire. Owning it together, give it a good length where you winding it together so it's not going to fall off. Opening, closing the door over the Christmas period. And then just lift up background to another piece of wire. And the same again on that side. Just twist up together. And we've got another leaked. Said. Now you'll reach is already tangled nodal. And enjoy for Christmas. So the naive enjoyed making your refills is Christmas. Please share what you've made with us on social media. All the links will be at the end of this. And just one more thing to say, really happy Christmas. So let's see.