Making Holiday Wreaths

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Several years ago, I became aware of Cooperstown, New York’s Beautification Program (funded by The Clark Foundation) and its glorious holiday celebrations with extremely detailed, couture-styled outdoor decorations. Although I have neither the skills nor the patience to even try to copy what these incredible artists at Cooperstown have done, they have inspired me to make my own holiday wreaths.

Like anything in life, the more you practice, the better you get at it. I have found that when I make several wreaths to give as holiday gifts that I become more efficient and skilled at doing them. The process is a rather straightforward one. It is best to have all supplies laid out on a table or large kitchen counter. And when getting started, allocate at least a few hours of relaxed time with a ‘mindful’ attitude (yep, I do practice yoga) in order to enjoy the process.

The supplies needed to get started are:
10 inch round styrofoam base (ideally 2″ thick)
a piece of felt for backing
glue gun
pair of pruners


The floral supplies needed are:
100 4-6″ pieces of evergreen material.
If you are cutting evergreen material from your yard, upon bringing indoors, soak it in a sink full of water for 2 hours before using.
15 dried hydrangea flowerheads (or another flower of choice)
12 kumquats
12 outstanding dried leaves
6 sprigs of berries

 


Lay out all evergreen material on counter and let dry.
Then take 3 sprigs of evergreen material and with a wire pick wrap them together into a bundle.

 


Add glue to the perimeter and top of jar and secure in center of styrofoam. If need be, use a measuring tape to make sure it is centered. With glue gun, add a thick amount of glue in center of upwards side of jar. Secure pinecone onto glue in center of jar and hold firmly in place until it is dry.

Wire pick single flowerheads of hydrangeas. Then, on the outer top rim of the styrofoam, make a complete circle of hydrangeas. If there is enough room, make an inner circle which should cover the top of the jar and nuzzle up to the pinecone.


Insert a toothpick in the narrow end of each kumquat and then push toothpick into foam straight up between the edge of the inner circle of the hydrangea and the jar top. Continue adding kumquats until a symmetrical circle is completed.


The final step is to wire pick some dried leaves (in this photo I used oak leaves) and berries and add on to side of wreath, interspersing and overlapping the greenery until it pleases your eye.


I leave the wreath in a place where I pass by it frequently. This way, if I see certain aspects of it that are not symmetrical or that I just don’t like, I can make adjustments until I am pleased with how it looks.


I have given these wreaths on several occasions as gifts. The recipients seem to love them. And in truth, for most gardeners, what can be better than a hand made gift? So, if any of you have a special home made Christmas/holiday gift ideas that you would like to share with us (it needn’t be a wreath), please do let us know. You can either link us directly to your blog to view photos and how to make the gift or feel free to download your photos directly to me at: fransorin@aol.com, and I will make sure to post them on GGW!

Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

Learn more about Fran and get free resources that will help you improve your life at www.fransorin.com.

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Kris at Blithewold December 6, 2007, 12:35 pm

Hi Fran, That’s gorgeous! I posted a different sort of wreath how-to the other day: http://www.blithewold.org/blog/how-when-what/diy-holiday-wreath/
though I didn’t mention that it would make an excellent gift – if you can part with it!…

fsorin December 6, 2007, 5:39 pm

kris,

Check out comment that I left on your blog about your post!! Fran

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