Cracking Christmas 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? Even I’ve caught the bug and have been adorning my front door with a festive wreath for the past few years.
If you fancy having a crack at creating your own, we aren’t short on workshops in Leicestershire and Rutland with lots springing up over the next few weeks (some come with free festive tipple btw). But be really quick to book as tickets are selling like hot mince pies.
If we’ve missed any good ones that are still available, just let me know in the comments box below and we’ll add them to the list. I’ve also included some other quirky ones below – Christmas brush lettering anyone? PS, catch me on BBC Radio Leicester Monday 11 November from 11am when I’ll be sharing my top ones!
Secateurs at the ready, let’s go!
Christmas Wreath Workshop, University of Leicester Botanic Garden, 23 Nov and 7 Dec
Dress your door with a beautiful bespoke handmade Christmas wreath whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Leicester Botanic Garden. You will cover a wire frame in moss and foliage and decorate it with traditional materials. Pine fir cones, dried limes, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, ribbons and baubles will be available to choose from. Refreshments included and plenty of Christmas nibbles and drinks. Morning workshops 10.30am-12.30pm, Afternoon workshop 2.00pm-4.00pm. Book here.
Botanic Garden, University of Leicester
Park Kitchen and Deli, 28 Nov 3 and 12 Dec
Feel festive while you crack on making your own wreath with The Flower Fairies. All materials provided to make a mossed based wreath and the chance to dress it with oranges, limes, cinnamon, fir comes and more. £50 inc all materials mince pies and a glass of prosecco. 7.30 – 9.30pm
Olive Branch, Clipsham Rutland, 10 and 12 December
Lose yourself in the wafting fragrance of evergreen and cheery laughter as Rebecca-Louise Moody of The Botanical Flower Studio (formerly Pollen Designs) guides you on how to make your own door wreath with a selection of natural materials from the surrounding woods as well as foliage, cones, berries, dried fruit, and ribbons. The event includes a two course lunch and wine. 10.30am – 4pm. £85 per person. Book via on 07818 091354 or email email@example.com.
The Flower Plant, Sileby and Thrussington, 5, 8 , 10 & 11 Dec
15 dates for festive wreath making and they’re all sold out apart from the 5 and 11th. Our Muddy award-winning florist is really firing off all cylinders so go book a date in with her now. £45 from 6.30pm and includes all materials. Contact the shop directly to book.
Jessica Mary Flowers, Market Harborough, 2, 4 and 20 Dec
Make a colourful festive wreath with the lovely team at Jessica Mary. Everything is included but bring a pair of scissors if you can.
Fancy Flower Shop, Quorn, 28 – 29 Nov, 3-6 Dec at various times
The lovely duo at this Quorn flower shop are hosting their regular wreath workshop. £40 includes everything as well as festive snacks and drinks. If you can’t make any of the schedules slots, get in touch as they’re offering private classes for a minimum of five people on any day/time you want.
Burbage Methodist Church 2-4 Dec
Emily Robbins Flowers will be hosting a two hour workshop locally including materials – just bring your own scissors and plenty of festive cheer. 7-9pm. £40.
Halcyon Kitchen, 28 Nov 3 & 5 Dec
Emma from the ever so popular Bloom Project will be taking up the Halcyon Kitchen with her brilliant wreath making workshops. There will also be mince pies and mulled wine of course! £45 and everything is included! 6.30-8.30pm.
Otters Fine Food, 29 Nov and 1 Dec
Arrive bright and early for a creative morning where you can make your won wreath to hang on your door. Hosted by Vicki from the Paisley Flower Co. £45 with coffee and nibbles included. 10am.
Freckles Gift, Barrow Upon Soar, 28 Nov and 1 and 5 Dec
This cutesy lifestyle store is a great place to visit and if you love making wreaths, good news, they’re hosting a few. Bright, spacious and super friendly the gift and coffee shop is run by Yolyn who is teaming up with Justine Baxter from Fern and Grace who will be guiding you through the evening and teaching you everything you need to know to create the most beautiful wreath to take home. All refreshments on the evening will be provided including a complementary glass of prosecco to get you in the festive spirit. 28 Nov and 5 Dec at 6.30-9pm and 2 Dec 2- 4.30pm. £45.
Finch’s Arms, Hambleton, 2 Dec
A luxury wreath workshop with a two course lunch included. Join Don’t Settle Petal for her 10am class that includes all materials, tuition, coffee and mince pies on arrival and a two course lunch! £55pp contact The Finch directly to book.
Belton Inn, Rutland, 6 & 7 Dec at various times
Join Amanda Steele as she teaches you how to make a beautiful door wreath the traditional way. Using a moss frame from scented winter greenery you will learn how to adorn it with a great selection of decorations and ribbons. £45.86
Horn Blower Hotel, Oakham, 7 Dec
Don’t Settle Petal’s second class is in Oakham at 11am until 4pm and includes all materials, tuition and a two course delicious brunch with a glass of fizz! £55pp contact The Admiral Hornblower directly to book.
Flowers At The Old School House, Rutland, 7, 10 and 12 Dec
Luxury wreath workshops includes all materials, sweet treats and mulled wine. £60 per person.
Oakham Castle, 3 Dec
For an inspirational afternoon creating a fabulous festive door wreath. £35 including materials, use of equipment and refreshments. The class runs from 1pm -4pm under the guidance of RALSS Floristry tutor Joanne Kirby-Walker and includes a great selection of natural materials & accessories, and the tools you will need to create your own individual door wreath.
Freckles Gift, Christmas Brush Lettering, Barrow upon Soar, 19 Nov
Focus on decorating and lettering Christmas cards so that you can wow your friends and family with handmade cards and tags this year! You’ll be provided with a brush pen and inks to make festive designs following guidance from Lorna. Everyone will receive 10 blank A6 cards and envelopes to design and take home. Mince pies and refreshments will of course be on hand for this lovely festive workshop. Previous brush lettering experience isn’t essential as we will have a warm up at the beginning. From 6.30-9pm. £45.
Chunky Knit Wreath Making Chunky Knit Wreath Making, 21 Nov
Join Yoyln from Freckles and Courtney for an evening of chunky wreath making. No experience needed to build your very own chunky knit wreath using only your fingers. All supplies and instruction supplied, including a cheeky mince pie (or two!). Kick off the holiday season by learning a new craft just in time for gift-giving. From 6:30-8:30pm.
Jessica Mary Flowers, Market Harborough, Mantle Piece Garland 20 Dec
Go all out and make a gorgeous garland for your mantle piece and hey, if you don’t have a mantle piece use it on your staircase. £80 per person.
Taylors Flowers, Willow Wreath, Loughborough, 26 Nov and 8 Dec
Join us for our annual wreath making workshop… with a twist. Willow Wreaths. Two workshops available but booking fast. £35 with fresh greenery, decorations, wires, scissors and festive refreshments inc. 26 Nov 6.30-8.30pm and 8 Dec 3- 5pm.
Bowden Stores, 20 Nov
Join The Chunky Needle for a festive afternoon of chunky wreath making using your hands alone. No experience needed. Festive music, treats, nibbles and refreshments included. Select your very own merino wool colours and adorn your wreath with a range of holiday inspired decoration. Suitable for the kids from 10 years.
Daisy Chain Florist Sileby, Sun 1 Dec and 8 Dec various times
Indulge yourself in a creative experience and make a Christmas wreath from scratch using moss, foliage, dried fruits, cones, cinnamon sticks and lots of other foraged finds, finishing it off with luxury ribbon. The prices includes festive refreshments and nibbles and all wreath making materials are supplied – £38.00 per person.
The Newarke Houses Museum, 1 Dec
Enjoy views of the winter gardens in this historical setting whilst creating your own unique traditional Christmas wreath. This workshop will give you all the materials, expertise, and inspiration that you need. Enjoy mince pies, mulled wine, tea and coffee throughout. Booking essential on 0116 225 4980. Price £25 (includes all materials and refreshments). From 1pm.
The Guildhall Museum, 12 Dec
Come and get creative this Christmas with a festive wreath making workshop. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies in the beautiful Medieval Guildhall while you design your very own wreath to decorate your home this Christmas. All materials provided. £26 per person. Call 0116 253 2569 to book.
Christmas Rag Wreath Workshop.Take some time out to Make your own beautiful festive rag wreath to take home with you with Sarah from Ollie-Bobs. All materials supplied as well as refreshments. £20 per person Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. 10:30 – 12:30
Rothley Village Hall, 29 Nov
Tresillian House, Melton Mowbray, 5 and 11 Dec
Make your own luxury Christmas Wreath to hang on your door hosted by local artisan garden designer and horticulturalist Christina Moulton. She will demonstrate how to make your own wreath using a sumptuous range of English-grown seasonal materials. You will then make your own creation to hang on your door for the festive season. From 6.30. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served and all materials are included.
Let me know of any that I’ve missed out or any that are really quirky.