Making Christmas Wreaths

The Christmas season has arrived, which means it’s time to start decorating the house! There is nothing like the look and smell of fresh wreaths adorning your home.  But, if you are like me you either 1) tend to not want to spend the money on something that will not survive the season or 2) lack the skills to make them.

Enter my mother and her fabulous idea; we make our own hybrid version.   The Sunday after Thanksgiving, the women of the family and extended family gather and create.  The first year we did this I was afraid my non-artistic mind would implode.  Now however, it is a tradition that I look forward to every year.

We head over to my parents house, armed with our store bought wreath and bags of clippings.  What kinds of clippings?  Whatever we can find in our yards and the woods. We use everything from Boxwoods to Magnolias, Pines and Cedars.  We also mix in berries, pine cones and other natural elements that speak to us.

How does this work?  We use the store bought wreath as our base.  Then we let our imaginations take over.  We insert the clippings to fluff it out.  A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

Then, we add the bling. This is the fun part!  We add ornaments, jingle bells, bows and ribbon.  We use wire to attach everything so it’s nice and secure.

What is awesome about this is that each year the wreath bases and ornaments can be reused.  So, after the initial investment, these cost nothing (unless you buy more bling). And each year you have a fresh, fun and wonderfully fragrant wreath.


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