Wreaths are stand-alone decorations that are quite versatile. They can be large or small, indoors or outside, ornate or modestly adorned, hung vertically or placed flat on a table top, and definitely not exclusive to holiday time.
They need not even be a circle– heart, oval, square, or diamond all work beautifully to create a unique visual display that looks custom made for a space.
This year I decided to make wreaths for our children’s bus driver and teachers to show appreciation for the care they provide throughout the school year.
Like my autumn wreath, these are built upon a base of twisted willow branches that are secured using some floral wire (twine would work also).
I gathered holly branches, berries, pine cones, and a variety of ribbons, baubles, and festive decorations like tinsel, bells, and candy canes. Most of these are attached with wire that’s wrapped through the willow branches. A glue gun could also be used. There aren’t any fir trees on the island available for cutting from so I made do with these items. The wreath for the house is in progress and also uses sage, rosemary, and bay laurel from the garden on it.
Johnny made the reindeer and designed most of the wreath it sits on. Margaret Maeve made a couple of the bows and helped with design ideas for many of them. Two of the wreaths (and several more reindeer) ended up at the local holiday craft fair that was held on the weekend which I’ll write about later this week.
Clicking on any picture will start a slide show of them all.
Show extra care and appreciation to those who serve us regularly, those who make a wonderful difference in our world, who we count on to always be there for us, whose absence would have an impact on our quality of life. Most of us know a half dozen or more, often a part of our routine– you might even be that person in others lives. We don’t usually have a ‘love’ connection with them so they’re easily overlooked. It doesn’t have to cost anything to express gratitude and appreciation. Teach your children this too.
My thanks to all who take the time to read what I write!