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.
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.