An Evergreen Tradition: Homemade Wreaths
Winter wreaths are usually made from evergreens and symbolize strength, as evergreens last even throughout the harshest winters.
I have had my favorites throughout the years, including a living wreath consisting of ivy “planted” into a 24-inch moss-filled ring form. That beloved wreath, circa 1992, which I made with instructions and encouragement from a friend, adorned the threshold to my home for over two years, from season to season. It was misted, given soakings in a large aluminum tub, and trimmed as tendrils began growing in wild abandon. Though admittedly, with a teaching position, two children, and a dog, it unfortunately became an optional responsibility and eventually dried out and died. Much self-inflicted guilt dwelled in my heart.
The next wreath that stole my heart, found in Rena Harris Earnhardt’s shop, Bloom, in Southern Village, circa 2002, was an extraordinary display of North Carolina’s native evergreens. (Rena and her mother, hailing from the eastern part of our state, are well known for their innate ability to fashion a stunning arrangement out of simple branches and Ball jars.) Over the next several years, Rena customized wreaths for me, even utilizing an antique rectangular picture frame in lieu of the traditional circular shape.
Things change. Sadly, Bloom has closed. So this year I decided to take the wreath creation into my own hands. DIY 2013. Honestly, this is basic 101, though hopefully it may inspire you to visit the Farmers Markets for greenery, or traipse through wooded areas near your home to clip cedar, spruce and holly in order to create an evergreen wreath for your threshold.
Recipe ingredients: greenery, pruners, florist wire, florist tape
Step 1: Assemble ingredients. Prune tops of greenery to 5, 6, or 7 inch lengths.
Step 2: Combine a group of 5 to 7 sprigs together. Secure with florist tape.
Step 3: Arrange on frame or wreath base, overlapping and securing with wire.
Step 4: Adjust greenery as desired. Hang with pride.