Making a Christmas Wreath from your Garden
If you are looking for the perfect holiday wreath for your front door or even for your dining table, you really do not need to go any further than your own back yard.
While the traditional Christmas wreath is made from evergreen branches, you can make a holiday wreath from just about anything. Depending on where you live, you may or may not have something blooming in your garden during the holiday season. Regardless of what your outdoor conditions are like, you can gather the bounty of your garden to create the perfect Christmas wreath.
Herbs blooming in your garden, and rosemary or lavender each will make a beautiful wreath and a fragrant one as well.
Use a wire or foam base to shape your wreath, or in the case of the classic evergreen branches, you may simply shape your wreath from the branches themselves.
If you have a holly bush in your garden then not only will the greenery make a lovely wreath, but you can use the berries to add a little pop of color to the wreath as well.
In warmer climates you can use heavenly bamboo to shape a colorful wreath and adorn it with the plant’s winter, red berries also.
If you grow grapevines or rose vines, you can fashion a beautiful wreath from your vines. Grapevines make a beautiful, twiggy wreath, which can be readily decorated with ornaments and bows. Grapevines are pliable when they are first cut, and as they dry they become brittle, so make sure to fashion your wreath shortly after taking your vine cuttings.
Shaping rose vines will require that you wear leather gloves to avoid injury from the thorns. Depending on your climate, however, you may be lucky enough to have flowers still blooming in your rosy Christmas wreath. To complete this wreath, simply add a bow, and your rose vine wreath is ready for display.
If you live in a colder climate, you will undoubtedly have classic evergreen branches from which to fashion your wreath. If you need to trim bottom branches off of your Christmas tree to fit it into the tree stand, you can gather evergreen branches from there as well. Using florist wire, you can shape your branches into a circle to form a classic Christmas wreath.
Once your wreath is formed:
Add some embellishments and a bow. To create your bow, select a piece of wide ribbon and tie it in a festive bow. Wrap florist wire around the center of it and attach it to your wreath.
If you want to add some more interest to your garden wreath, you can start by adding acorns or tiny pinecones. For a little more punch, you can paint or spray acorns and pinecones with a thin layer of glue and dust them with glitter. Now you are ready to hang your garden grown, custom created, one of a kind Christmas wreath.
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