Christmas Wreaths – Naturally

It’s time to decorate for Christmas.  Since we have a log cabin, I like to keep the exterior decorations simple — keeping with the style of the home.  The last few years, I have settled into a pattern of making my own wreaths.  They are simple to do and cost nothing.  And I think they are prettier than anything I can buy at the store.

Christmas Wreath Using Natural Found Objects

Last Sunday I got my snippers and a canvas bag and went foraging in the woods.  From past years, I knew where to get holly, mixed evergreen boughs (pine and cedar), and pine cones but I was keeping my mind open to new possibilities.  What I found was so inspiring and I used every last item in the five wreaths that I made.

In case you are wondering, here are some of the other things I found and used:

  • unraveled rope, in place of ribbon
  • Honey Locust seed pods
  • Trumpet Vine seed pods
  • bracket fungus (see other photos and wonder at the variety)

Construction is simple.  You could make the frame from found grapevines (I have done in previous years) but this year I chose to use wire wreath frames (only $2-$4 each).  The only other thing you need is green florist’s wire on a spool.

Lay the frame on the table.  Place the greenery on top of the frame, one bough at a time, slightly overlapping the boughs as you place them in the same direction (I go clockwise).  Then I loop the wire around the boughs and frame to hold it tight.  Wire on the focal point (brackets, etc.)  Done!

I hope you enjoy these photos.  Merry Christmas.  Life is an Adventure.

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