Making Holiday Wreaths: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-262 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin, a-262)

Making Holiday Wreaths: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-262 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin, a-262)

Juliette Rogers

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 1580173411

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Whether you want to create a beautiful wreath from scratch or quickly adorn a pre-made wreath base, you'll find all the instruction you need in Making Holiday Wreaths. Learn how to make a boxwood wreath entwined with holly and ivy to grace the front door. Craft balsam wreaths to fill your home with the sweet scent of the forest. Hang gaily decorated wreaths from doors, windows, and mirror frames, or display them on mantels and tabletops. And don't limit your holiday cheer to the house - wrap an evergreen garland around the post of your mailbox, craft a wreath to encircle your birdbath, or clip a row of whimsical wreaths along your clothesline. You can even put out a wreath filled with delectable tidbits to delight your backyard birds!

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of added decorations (strings of beads and ornaments, for example). I know some people who unwire the whole wreath so that they can reuse the wreath frame underneath, but that’s rather extreme! Second, you can harvest your wreath as many of us do our Christmas trees, rubbing off the balsam needles to use in sachets. Wait until the wreath is dried out so that you need only run your hand against the needle direction on each stem to loosen the needles into a bag or onto newspaper. Balsam needles

each sprig should have a “natural” ending, essentially the tip of the small branch. If you are making a small wreath (on an 8-inch crinkle frame, for example), sprigs cut to 6 to 8 inches will yield a nice wreath; larger wreaths will need longer sprigs to look full and lush. Materials List for a Basic Wreath Balsam boughs Garden shears A spool of medium-gauge, green florist’s wire A crinkle wire frame (available at craft and florist shops) Harvesting Balsam from the Wild Always use

Each new bunch should cover the wire on the stems of the previous bunch. Continue adding bunches of greenery in a counterclockwise movement, staggering their placement on the front side of the wreath to create a full and even finished product. If you run out of bundles or sprigs, stop and make a few more. Step 2: For a full wreath, pre-bundle sprigs with wire. Step 3: Wire the second sprig so that it overlaps the first. Step 4. When you reach the starting point again, you will need to

highlighted by hemp or jute ropes. Look in the Christmas decoration sections of stores for ready-made garlands you can press into service. Beads strings. With a little more time, you can make your own garland strings. Custom-strung beads allow greater freedom of stylistic variety. Consider pearls, faceted glass or plastic beads, multicolored strands of seed beads, handmade polymer beads with Christmas motifs, salt clay beads and decorations, or imported beads carved into animals. To get the most

Outdoor Wreaths Many people hang a wreath on their front door during the holidays. But the door is only the beginning. Wreaths on the grilles of cars and trucks have become a cheery sight in recent years. Wreaths can also be hung on the front windows of the home, a sight that is especially lovely if there are candles on the inside that are framed by the wreaths outside. Hang miniature wreaths from doorknobs and banister finials. A wreath circling your mailbox will brighten your mail carrier’s

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