I love Christmas. It is unequivocally my favourite time of year. I love the cosy evenings at home, mulled wine and Christmas markets, the general sense of contentment and merriness floating around, and most importantly ALL THE FOOD. But as someone who liked to keep things fairly minimal at home, Christmas can be a bit of a challenge. I’m talking about decorations. I live in a small flat with NO built-in storage, so every year I find myself debating whether or not to have a tree (and all the bumph that comes with it).
I dread the thought of having all the decorations lingering in my wardrobe or under the kitchen sink or somewhere else equally UNHIDDEN for the other 48 or so weeks of the year. I’ve tried a 2ft tree (everyone laughed at it). I’ve tried making my own temporary paper decorations (everyone laughed at them). I’ve tried having a proper tree (I caved and threw away all the decorations within the year). Needless to say, I’ve yet to strike the balance between full on maximalist Christmas and scrooge. So you can imagine my excitement when I was invited by MK Design and Skandium to make a minimalist Christmas wreath at their 2017 Christmas workshop.
The workshop centred on creating a minimalist wreath using a brass ring from Strups and building it out with fresh foliage and wintery accents. It was wonderful to see all the different wreaths people created with the same base materials. I took lots of inspiration from other people at the workshop, but this is also something you can create at home.
- Strups brass ring (or similar)
- Seasonal foliage. I mainly used eucalypus and fir, along with and a few other bits, but the key I think is to choose for a variety of textures and colours.
- Green floristry wire
- Secateurs or heavy-duty scissors
- Additional decorations or accessories of your choice. I used a dired lime, small bauble and leather cord, but pinecones, berries, twine etc. would also work well)
- Start by selecting your foliage. You’ll want to cut small-ish pieces, about the length of your hand.
- Layer together different colours and textures and when you’re happy with the composition secure them to the ring with a piece of floristry wire. Twist the wire at the back of the ring and trim any excess.
- Keep going until the wreath is full enough and you’ve created the desired look. Try to cover the wire as much as possible as you add more foliage.
- Lastly, add your finishing touches (again cover any wire or messy stems that are visible). I used a dried lime and bauble as accents, and added some leather cord to tie everything together. Use these accents to create a focal point on the wreath.
The finished product is so simple and so elegant – the perfect Christmas decoration. And the best thing about this wreath is that the Strups brass ring is so versatile that it can be used year round. I already have lots of ideas for how to use the ring after Christmas. No worries here about what to do with once the foliage dies!
The workshop took place at new Skandium townhouse in South Kensington and while we were there we were also given a tour of the space. The new Skandium retail concept spans four floors and perfectly showcases Scandinavian interiors as they are meant to be lived. It is a Scandi interior lovers DREAM. I highly recommend visiting if you’re nearby.
MK Design is an interior design studio, and founder, Mathilde, runs workshops throughout the year. Mathilde has impeccable taste so if you attend a workshop you can expect whatever you create to be a beautiful, elevated addition to your home. All the details for MK Design Workshops can be found here.