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Christmas Door Swag and Foraged Tree Decorations
Course Date: Saturday 25th November 2017
Category: Flowers
Price: £80


We will make a number of beautiful natural decorations on this one day course, including a swag for your front door or gate and a range of different hanging tree decorations. Much of the material will be ‘foraged’ from your own garden, or collected on nature / beach walks.

Further Detail

Using floristry techniques, we will design and make a range of co-ordinated seasonal decorations. The door swag, which is a lovely alternative to the traditional wreath, will be prepared in the morning session then after lunch we will move onto the tree decorations.  Time permitting, we will explore two different styles of door swag (one style could double as a table centre). The tree decorations session will enable you to let your imagination run a little wild! Nature has provided some beautiful objects just waiting to be collected and combined into little pieces of art.

Skills/Techniques Covered

How to design and create a well-proportioned door swag

Wiring and combining foliage, fruit, seed-heads, nuts and flowers and other found objects

The colour wheel principles

Designing and making smaller collections of natural plant materials to use as hanging tree decorations  


All levels including beginner


Materials are not included in your course fee.

Most materials will be provided by the tutor but we encourage you to bring along nice found natural objects, some suggestions are listed below. The approximate cost of these will be £10, payable to the tutor during the course. The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

A wire coat hanger

Wire snippers or old tough scissors if you have them (the school has some you can borrow)

If you can find some natural objects from your own garden or on a nature / beach walk, then please bring them along e.g. Pine cones, good dried seed heads such as poppy, honesty, crocosmia, rose hips, ivy berries, beech nuts, acorns, small pieces of driftwood or bark, hydrangea heads, star anise, cinnamon sticks, nuts, herb sprigs, bay leaf sprigs, skeletonised leaves, nice pebbles or shells etc

We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.

Tutor Profile

Yvonne Sonsino is a Director of Ardington Crafts and a serial crafter / artist / gardener.

As a former member of NAFAS, she has won county level show prizes for many years before turning her hand to botanical painting. Yvonne’s garden has been open to the public for the last three years with the National Garden Scheme, and has been featured in Country Homes and Interiors Magazine. 

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Complimentary fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS - Lunch: We can cater for vegetarians. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please bring your own sandwiches. Teatime: If you would like gluten/dairy free cake, just let us know when you arrive.