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7 Xmas wreath workshops!

Deck your door with boughs of holly! These local festive craft classes are hugely popular (wonder if the accompanying mulled wine has anything to do with that?) so, quick, book now.

What is it about festive wreath-making? I think I must be the only woman I know who doesn’t have a DIY ring of holly hanging from my front door over the festive period – but, hey, my family is lucky if I get around to buying them presents, let alone hand-crafting decorations.

But whether it’s the chance to get artsy and crafty, the unmissable Instagram boasting opportunities or the free mulled wine while you beaver away with twigs and foliage, you lot are certainly mad about making them.

As such, there’s loads of workshops springing up in the weeks ahead – but be quick, they’re selling like hot mince pies. If we’ve missed any good ones that still have availability, just let us know in the comments box below and we’ll add them to the list.


Forever Green – Floral Design by Nicky, Fri 7, Fri 14, Tues 4, Tues 6, Tues 11, Thurs 13, Mon 17 Dec

Nicky Pritchard from Forever Green is running loads of luxury wreath making classes this Christmas so you’ll have ample opportunity to decorate your front door. Nicky has previously won a RHS bronze medal at the Hampton Court Flower Show and has decorated the Royal Albert Hall’s stage for several years so I think she’s just about qualified to help us on this one, don’t you?! Tel: 01442 863 510


Grove House, St Albans, Mon 10 Dec, £25

This one from Ronnie Grove Hospice is pretty reasonable at £25, plus, the workshop includes Oasis bases, fresh foliage and ribbons. Don’t forget your secateurs. Call Gemma on 01727 731028 to book.


The Baldock Flower Farm, Tue 27, Wed 28, Thurs 29 Nov, Sat 1, Thurs 6 Dec, £45

The Baldock Flower Farm promises a relaxed, informal atmosphere at this workshop that includes homegrown British foliage and loads of extras touches to make your wreath a little more personal – think cinnamon sticks, dried fruit and fir cones to the more bling baubles, glitter and ribbons. Buy tickets


Re-made by Sam, Marash House, Tring, Sat 8 Dec, £35

No secateurs needed here! Re-made by Sam is offering a workshop in rag wreaths including fabric, decorations and a wooden frame. Sam is a qualified teacher and will be holding the workshop at her artsy studio.


The Makers’ Cabin, Letchworth, Mon 3 Dec, £45

Starting with a copper ring base, the team at The Makers’ Cabin will teach you how to construct a traditional wreath with berries, seed heads and fairy lights. All materials are included and you’ll also learn how to make a traditional florist bow. There’s only one workshop left with available spaces, so get booking. Get tickets here


The Farmhouse at Redcoats, Hitchin, Sun 25 Nov, £40 (plus booking fee)

Making a wreath by the farmhouse fire? Yes Please. The Farmhouse at Redcoats is hosting an hour long workshop with a professional florist in front of the old hearth, materials included. If all that wreath making makes you hungry, you can get a traditional farmers roast after for an extra £25. Get tickets here


Shendish Manor Hotel, Hemel Hempstead, Sun 25 Nov, Sat 1 Dec, £39

A newcomer to the Christmas wreath scene is Shendish Manor who are offering an expert tutorial, included materials, mince pies and, most importantly, a glass of fizz. The workshop has been reduced form £55 to £39 for a limited time. Get tickets here

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