Take one step into Martha DeFlorio’s home, and breathe in. You’d expect a floral designer’s space to burst with blooms, but what’s that intoxicating scent? Turns out, it’s a handmade wreath. “There is something magical about hanging a wreath of cedar and juniper berry in your foyer, with a super fragrant scent to welcome you home,” Martha says.
Her business, Made Floral (madefloral.com), has beautified Detroit since 2014 and is the reason shoppers leave Shinola toting bouquets—Martha runs a flower stand inside the watchmaker’s Midtown storefront. But showpiece holiday wreaths aren’t just the domain of designers anymore. Petal pros like Martha have begun offering a contemporary spin on holiday wreath workshops, with fresh-cut supplies, inventive venues and stylish results.
Attendees at Martha DeFlorio's Detroit workshop arrive to find supplies (including cedar, berries and eucalyptus pods) bundled like gifts to unwrap at each seat.
Martha collaborates with local businesses to host social floral-design events, including one wreath workshop in a photographer’s airy studio (pictured above) and another at vintage outpost Eldorado General Store in trendy Corktown. The location may change, but Martha’s goal is always simple: to inspire participants to create something lovely. Martha says wreath-making is great for workshops because it’s forgiving and accessible to all skill levels: “You can experiment with core design principles—balance, proportion, attention to texture and color—in a way that’s not overly technical.” Plus, you can take that heady fragrance home with you.
To join a Made Floral workshop, follow @madefloral on Instagram for details. And be prepared to move quickly—past wreath events sold out within 48 hours.
Right round Martha says wreaths can look polished even if they aren't symmetrical. Just place items with the overall design in mind.
Orange Crush In this creation from Detroit's Made Floral, a grapevine base anchors tendrils of honey bracelet greenery, plus cuttings of persmimmon, thistle, silver brunia and eucalyptus nuts.
Workshops Around the Midwest
Spruce Flowers and Home Minneapolis; November 11, 25 December 2, 9, 16 Scent is key here—cedar, eucalyptus, pine and more (sprucemn.com).
Olbrich Botanical Gardens Madison, WI; November 30 Horticulturalists provide materials from the local botanic garden (olbrich.org).
Shelly Sarver Designs Pella, IA; December 1–2 Add flowers and other adornments; enjoy goodies like mulled cider (shellysarverdesigns.com).
The Bloom Academy Kansas City, MO; December 16 Enjoy brunch and crafting in Midtown’s light-filled Market Studio (thebloomacademy.com).