Wednesday, 9 December 2009
I have merely missed my deadline by one year. That said I'm quite happy with the finished article. I'm pleased with it not just because it looks good, but because it was practically cost free. Around this time last year I decided that I would try to make my own wreaths. I bought five wire frames from a floristry shop for under £2.00 ($3.25) and I intended to make a wreath for myself and another four as gifts for family members. As with many great ideas this one was shelved. Until now that is.
The desire to craft my own wreath was invoked once more when the Christmas period started to advance. Images in glossy magazines, shops with wreath laden shelves and the ever nagging wire wreath frames above my kitchen cabinet all begged for me to find an ounce of motivation. This appeared insufficient until I was forced to take action.
Every day for the past year I have walked past a beautiful variegated Holly. This specimen was at least eight foot high and stood out from its neighbours, all of whom had solid green leaves of various shades. I write about these plants in the past tense as the County Council has decided to go ahead and massacre anything that stood above three foot in height. Mighty shrubs have been brought down to ground level and the area now resembles a petrified forest as there are only stumps of what preceded the cull. The resulting mass of unwanted foliage was piled in a corner, screened from public view, and left alone to compost. Naturally I seized the opportunity to make good use of this material and my creative juices flowed once again. Aided by two friends, and armed with my jute bag, I collected an ample quantity of the electric vegetation.
Once home I set about wiring the the stems to the frame. This was done with little trouble, except for the damage inflicted as prickly Holly fought to turn my hands in to pin cushions, and for a first attempt I am extremely pleased with the outcome. I chose to keep the wreath simple as I feel variegated leaves provide enough of a statement to warrant restraint on my behalf. Also, as the wreath is to be placed on my black high gloss front door I felt there was enough contrast there.
I urge you to create your own wreath. My wreath cost next to nothing and I'm sure you can do the same too. Demonstrate your individuality, let those creative juices flow and take pride in your craft. Next year I will be sure to replicate the process and only pray that the County Council take an equally harsh line on its annual pruning regime.
Have you made your own wreath? Do you have any tips? Or has this post inspired you? Either way I'd love to hear your thoughts, stories and comments.