Sunday, December 5, 2010

Wreath Making

I have always loved making wreaths, especially at Christmas. My favorite type of holiday wreath to make is boxwood ... the earthy scent and the boxwood's tendancy to stay green when left in the cool December air make it an ideal medium for me.

But there are lots of other materials you can use to create that one-of-a-kind wreath for your door, your mantel or as a gift for someone special. Here in Virginia, magnolia is often used to make holiday wreaths. Whether left green or painted, magnolia leaves are lovely in wreaths. Of course, pine garlands and wreaths are traditional and provide wonderful aroma.

While I've never attempted to make a wreath entirely of fruit, these wreaths, decked with apples, oranges, pomegranates, and cloves, harken back to days gone by and also can provide lovely aroma for the season. And of course, wreaths of dried flowers and herbs are always popular and can provide year-round pleasure.

The library has a whole collection of books with ideas, instructions, and inspiration for wreath making year round. So give it a try; you may find a new outlet for your creative bent.
Dawn @ Warrenton

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