Earlier this month, west elm Melbourne invited local maker Gemma Patford to host an in-store Holiday DIY Workshop. She was kind enough to not only to take up the offer, but to share her craft with all of us!  Read on to get the full tutorial from Gemma.

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DIY Painted Braided Floral Christmas Wreath

“More is more. I’m the first to say it. However, each Christmas I find myself looking for a more simple and paired-back way to spread festive cheer. This season I am searching for relaxed, liveable, natural pieces to decorate our small apartment. Using real flowers and neutral colours, this hand-painted, hand-braided Christmas wreath will lend itself to many spaces.” – Gemma Patford

What You’ll Need

    10 meters of rope (5mm thick)
    White paint
    Paint brush
    Sewing awl
    Kitchen string
    Fresh flowers

Rope braiding

Step 1

Take your 10 meters of rope and divide and cut it into 9 even strands. Using kitchen string, tie it off on one end and braid it. Bend it into the shape of a horseshoe, and paint one side of your wreath white. Leave to dry (approximately 2 hours) and then paint the other side. Leave to dry overnight.


Step 2

OK! Now let’s start the fun stuff. Decorate your wreath. Take your fresh flowers and clean them up a little bit. You want to be able to thread the stems though the gaps in the braid. Decorating your wreath is completely up to you, I opted to focus on a small portion of my wreath to give it a more relaxed / paired back vibe.

DIY Braided Floral Christmas Wreath

Step 3

Using your awl, you may need to pierce the wreath to thread your flower stems through. You may also wish to fasten your decoration using kitchen string. Don’t panic if you can see the string, it lends to the hand made element.

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Step 4

You’re finished! You may like to make some final touches. Attach a few more flowers, but essentially, you’re complete. Hang this puppy on your front door, and have a very merry holiday!

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Gemma Patford

Gemma Patford Legge is a Melbourne maker with a background in pattern making, garment construction, fashion, textile art and styling. Her products are available for purchase on her website and at the best pop-up markets in Melbourne. You can follow Gemma on Instagram @gemmapatford or through her website:

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December 23, 2014

[…] you to Robyn from Bobby & Tide for her beautiful photography,  and for Hooray Magazine, and West Elm for sharing this fun […]


February 21, 2015

So cute:) Love this idea.

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