Chilli Kitchen Wreath
Taking the Christmas decorations down can leave you feeling a bit flat and the house looking rather bare. I love this Chilli Kitchen Wreath – which is fun to make, really pretty and smells wonderful too!
Both the chillis and the cinnamon have natural fragrances of their own, but this can be enhanced by adding a little cinnamon oil or another suitable fragrance to the wreath once it is finished.
You will need:
- 3 or 4 large hydrangea heads (dry them from the garden by just hanging them somewhere warm)
- A bunch of 10 red (Mercedes) roses – buy ready dried or buy fresh, strip the leaves and hang upside down somewhere warm
- 10 golden/apricot (Calypso) roses – as above
- About 15 slices of apple – see below for how to dry
- A few sticks of cinnamon
- A spray of red pepper berries
For the structure:
- One willow, vine, or twig ring, about 30cm (12in) in diameter
- 60cm (24in) tartan or checked ribbon, 5cm (2in) wide
- 30cm (12in) of matching ribbon, 2.5cm (1in) wide
- About 15cm (6in) of 0.71mm (22 gauge) florists’ wire
- A hot glue gun and glue.
Form the wider ribbon into a figure of eight (see diagram below). Wrap the wire firmly around the middle, making a bow. Then, knot the narrower ribbon over the wire to hide it and making two more streamers. Glue the bow to the base of the ring. Separate the hydrangeas into florets and glue these around the ring, making sure they are fairly evenly spaced.
Glue three cinnamon sticks across the bow, attaching them one at a time. Further pieces of cinnamon could be included in the design if you wish. Then, take the apple slices and attach them in groups of 3, placing them around the ring. You can make the dried apple slices by simply slicing a fresh apple and drying the slices in a very low oven for 3 or 4 hours on a cake rack,until they are dry and leathery.
Trim the stems of the roses until they measure about 2.5–5cm (1–2in). Glue in the rose heads, again in small groups, either keeping the colours separate or mixing them together. You could use other roses, or cheaper dried flowers to reduce the cost of the project or to change the colour scheme. Finally, glue in the chilli peppers one by one, positioning them in a fairly random fashion around the ring, including some in the group of items around the bow. Finally, add the spray of pepper berries to the bow.