Making a Christmas Wreath from Holly
I’m afraid that this isn’t a “how to” on making a holly wreath, but what I want to do. I want to make a holly wreath using holly – without manufactured foam rings, wire structures and the like. Think the Ray Mears of Christmas decorations :D
For those that saw my last attempt at handy crafts (Which I’ve titled onions and string in a bath) you might not have high hopes – to be honest I’m a bit apprehensive myself.
Anyway, this morning’s frost got me all excited about Christmas and there’s loads of holly near us. Inspired by Spritz’s homemade Christmas decorations I took a carrier bag and some secateurs out foraging (with the camera too).
The first lessons I learnt:
Tip 1: Take a big bag, holly doesn’t pack neatly.
Tip 2: Wear thick gloves not wool ones, holly hurts.
My initial thoughts were to create a round wreath so I was looking for flexible wood, I thought ivy might work but ran out of bag space too soon. My plans have changed slightly now and I’m having a straight decoration but apparently that doesn’t really qualify as a wreath. Hey ho.
I went out with the camera not long ago and there was plenty of holly with berries on. Unfortunately it seems others have beaten me to it since and taken all the good stuff. Instead, I picked a branch of rosehips (I think) which will hopefully work as the ‘frame’ and add a bit of colour.
Right now I have a small bag of holly, a rosehip branch and scratched hands.
The raw materials
I’ll let you know how I get on…
- 20 Dec, 2007
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