This post was supposed to be about donuts, Easter donuts in fact, with almond, chocolate and vanilla icing in yellow, brown and pink with sprinkles. But there are no longer any donuts. I have spent more time than I care to admit making and photographing donuts this week. And they looked lovely and tasted pretty nice (which coming from me is a compliment because I don't really like donuts). But the computer was being temperamental, which it is want to do, and I couldn't check my pictures as I like to do usually. And it turns out that my lens was a bit smeary, which is quite a regular thing for a food bloggers lens, so all my pictures look like they been taken in one of those glamour studios where they make you look like a 1980s album cover. On the small screen of my camera they looked great - but on a computer screen, not so much.
So instead I bring you this simple spring wreath. Which was taken with a less smeary lens and meant for next week. It took me 20 minutes and was super simple to make - unlike the donuts, which stole hours of my life for NO GOOD REASON - argh!
Anyway I love this wreath and all you need to make it are some blossom branches, I used forsythia, some string and a pair of scissors. I had to buy my forsythia because I don't have any in my garden and my conscience would let me pinch any from anybody else. Happily it wasn't expensive and you don't need too much.
The hardest part is making your initial ring shape. I found it easiest to use the whippy new growth at the very end of the branch because it's the most bendy. I cut off any woody stems and tied three bendy pieces together end to end with string to form a loop. Then I simply wove the rest of the branches through and around the initial ring, intertwining them and tucking the ends through gaps to secure them. I used a few more bits of string to hold things in place as I went along.
When you're happy with the shape and thickness of your wreath, make a loop with some string and hang it up. Mine is now brightening up the back door - and it looks so lovely and almost magical when the light shines through it. And best of all it won't make you fat like a donut might.