Take inspiration from these beautiful Christmas wreaths our blogger found on Pinterest this week and create your own – or get the kids to use some of that Mom-I’m-bored time in the holidays to make one.
Whether you choose a traditional approach, using evergreen plants to symbolise Christ’s gift of everlasting life, or adorn your wreath with bright baubles to celebrate the festive season, here are some gorgeous examples to fire up your imagination. Plus suggestions for using local plants to give this festive decoration a South African flavour.
This lovely wreath containing holly, bay and pennygum leaves, among others, can easily be copied with the foliage of evergreen trees and shrubs that grow in South Africa. Make one out of leaves that dry well or create a fresh version as a centrepiece for your Christmas dinner table with lots of foliage and a florist’s foam (Oasis) ring (from craft shops and garden centres). To keep the wreath looking fresh, soak the ring in water for a few hours, then arrange sprigs and leaves to your liking. Use floral pins or florist’s wire to secure those that aren’t sturdy enough to be pushed into the foam. Add a single, fat candle in the middle or group a few slimmer ones of varying heights.
Hints: Slant the foliage in the same direction all the way around to cover the stems. Pack densely for a luxurious effect. This is particularly important if you’re going to allow the wreath to dry as the leaves will shrink and you don’t want unsightly gaps.
For the kids
This fun wreath is really easy to make and will appeal to kids of all ages. All you need is cardboard, a ribbon loop for hanging, tinsel, lollipops and a decoration or two, then follow the pictures. You can adapt the design endlessly by using sweets in wrappers in different colours and any broad, fluffy tinsel and Christmas ornaments of your choice.
Bright and beautiful
Pick your colour scheme and go mad with lots of baubles in various sizes, a styrofoam ring (from craft shops) and a glue gun to make a wreath that’s bright and shiny as a kid’s face on Christmas morning. Find easy-to-follow instructions here.
Symbols of peace
This is one of my favourites with its sparkly bird ornaments to celebrate the Christmas message of peace. The bunches of white fluffy balls are the dried flower heads of the brunia plant which has lots of indigenous varieties. Local alternatives to the pine fronds and cones are brunia branches and the cones of leucodendron bushes (members of the protea family).
Make a local is lekker version of this simple beauty with indigenous foliage – options include the leaves of the everlasting known as kooigoed (Helichrysum petiolare). As in the wreath above, you could add dried brunia flowers instead of the berries.