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Contemporary Christmas decorations from foraged materials with Annie Guilfoyle

Ref: S1D09340


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About this course

Make twiggy stars, fir cone garlands, wild woodland wreaths, funky tree decorations, and take home inspirational place setting and gift-wrapping ideas.

Course Description

This course will be packed with ideas for making contemporary Christmas decorations using foraged materials from woodland, hedge and garden. If you would like to make more natural looking decorations and spend time not money, then this day will be really interesting. The tutor will show you how to make a contemporary wreath, twiggy stars, wild woodland garland, funky tree decorations, table arrangements, festive place setting and gift-wrapping ideas.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Materials including wire, string, paint and supplemental foliage

What students need to bring

  • Very useful to bring along:
  • Evergreen foliage, from hedge, woodland or garden
  • Sticks and twigs (painted or unpainted)
  • Match pots of unused paint for painting decorations
  • Any foraged foliage (please ensure you have the permission of the landowner before you forage)
  • Particularly useful would be willow, hazel, birch or larch sticks and twigs - however West Dean College will supply materials for use
  • Any festive decorating items to up cycle
  • Very important to bring along:
  • Secateurs
  • Scissors
  • Any art materials or paints
  • Coloured string, twine, wire or tape
  • Notebook and camera are useful for recording ideas and the process
  • Pens, paper etc.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Notebook, pens, pencils

Student review

"Made to feel really welcome as soon as I came through the door. The facilities were excellent and the setting is absolutely gorgeous which adds to the whole experience. Annie was really informative, friendly and accessible and I learnt so much in just a day. The atmosphere was relaxed and it was great to take in so much information. Highly recommend it. (The lunch was really rather tasty as well.)"

Suzanne Bourke, 2019


Annie Guilfoyle

Annie Guilfoyle has a BA in Garden Design from Middlesex University, her design studio Creative Landscapes is based in West Sussex. Her work is draws upon influences from art and architecture. She combines running her studio with lecturing internationally.

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