Olive branches are a thing of simple beauty. Their smooth deep green leaves with contrasting silvery grey undertones provide a serene colour palate for a wedding – especially when paired with a soft peach or rose gold.

This DIY olive branch wreath tutorial is a brilliant way of easily and economically incorporating greenery into your big day. Making a few wreaths in varying sizes would create a beautiful backdrop for a bridal table, or a focal point above the dance floor.

The olive branches themselves should be readily available at your local florist – if not, ask them to order some in for you. Even better, if you have a friend or neighbour who has an olive tree or two – offer them a free pruning service.

As always, take your time with the arrangement. Pour yourself a tea or glass or wine and enjoy the process of building the arrangement around the hoop.  It’s amazing what you can create!

You Will Need:
1 x hula hoop
Brown kraft paper
Sticky tape
An armful of olive branches
A ball of jute twine
1metre length of grosgrain ribbon

What To Do:
Step One. Cut strips of brown paper approximately an inch wide. Take the first strip and using a small piece of tape, stick it to the hula hoop. Wrap the brown paper strip around the hula hoop and fasten the other end with another piece of sticky tape. Repeat until the entire hoop is covered.

Step Two. Cut the olive branches into manageable pieces (approximately 30-40cm). Set aside. Now, cut the jute twine into 10cm lengths.

Step Three. Working slowly from the centre outwards, attach the first olive branch by tying twine around the base and fastening it to the hula hoop. Tie the other end of the branch to the hoop with another piece of twine.

Step Four. Repeat Step Three until you are happy with the result. You’ll want to keep building on the arrangement until it has an even coverage over 1/2 to 2/3 of the hoop.

Step Five. Using the scissors, trim any excess twine from the arrangement. Tie the piece of grosgrain ribbon around the top of the hoop and hang.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: So elegant – such an easy way to add effortless chic to wedding day styling!

About Jessica: I’m a writer and a lover of words and stories, pretty papers and flowers. I find great satisfaction in creating something beautiful from the simplest of materials. I’m happiest in a home bustling with conversation and music, sitting at a beautifully decorated table surrounded by good friends and delicious food – with a glass of champagne in hand, of course!