Holiday wreaths are such lovely, seasonal decorations to behold this time of year. Some historians have traced the origins of wreaths back to ancient Greece and Rome, from which different incarnations of wreaths have roots in Christianity, organized athletics, and even fashion. No matter what their origins are, wreaths have definitely become a decorative holiday staple; it’s hard to miss them hanging over doorways, in shop windows, and at the florist’s.
In addition to being aesthetically pleasing and festive, wreaths are actually quite simple to make at home using foraged or purchased materials of your choosing. Gardenista’s Alexa Hotz created this beautiful Scandinavian-inspired holiday wreath a couple of years back, and gives great tips on how to make one yourself.
For materials, you’ll need greenery of your liking (Hotz uses understated and elegant bay laurel), berries or other accent foliage, thick silver wire, dark green floral tape, and thin, bendable silver wire. All you have to do is manipulate the thicker wire into a circular hoop shape, and bind with the green floral tape. Then, cover as much or as little of the hoop with your greenery and accent pieces, using the thin wire to fasten the pieces in place. You can cover the entire hoop for a classic take on a holiday wreath, or leave part of it bare, a la Ms. Hotz. Either way, you now have a beautiful handmade wreath to hang in honor of the holidays (or whatever occasion you choose to celebrate).
I think that my favorite thing about wreath-making has to be collecting the materials. Put a small pair of gardening shears into your bag the next time you plan on taking a walk around the neighborhood – you never know what lovely, leafy greenery you might find to add to your next DIY holiday wreath! Moss, berries, pine branches, and even succulents can make for beautiful found materials!
Happy holidays, and happy wreath crafting!