WHAT IS A PADDED WREATH RING?
A padded wreath base saves a lot of time and effort and let you get down to the creative bit of wreath making straight away.
MAKE YOUR OWN WREATH BASE
Traditionally a wreath base is made by covering a wire wreath frame with straw or hay which is then retained with binding wire. The straw is then covered with wreath wrapping tape to finish off the base ready for decorating. Making a traditional base is fairly boring work but it is cheaper to make over buying a pre made padded base if margins are tight. However is only true if straw is readily available and you are making enough bases to use up a bale!
BEWARE THE FULLY ROUNDED WREATH BASE
There are two types of padded base; "full" and "flat backed" and it is important to understand the difference before you buy. A "Flat Back" pad is slightly dearer as it incorporates a wire frame just as a traditional wreath base would. A "full" or "fully rounded" base has no wire frame and other than for making small wreaths or table displays where it doesn't really matter.
USING A PADDED WREATH BASE
A padded wreath base can be used dry or wet depending on what decorating technique you employ. If soaked the wreath base will offer a degree of support for the cut foliage which is inserted into the base although it should be noted that the padded bases are very dense and it can be hard work to get stems to push in.
We use ours padded bases dry, laying our foliage on top tying it onto the wreath base with binding wire. Picks (decorations with a wire stalk) are attached by pushing the stubbing wire straight through the base and folding it back on itself into the base to stop it rotating.
Dependant on how the base is dried and stored, there should be no reason why a padded base could not be re-used for many seasons.
We also stock Oasis foam wreath bases and, of course, a wide selection of wire frames for making your own wreath base from scratch.