When I sat down to write this post, I suddenly thought… “why do we actually put wreaths on our doors anyway?” I had some vague notion but thought I should probably do a bit of research!
“The wreath has significant meaning for the season. It’s circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end. From a christian religious perspective, it represents an unending circle of life. The evergreen, most frequently used in making wreathes, symbolises growth and everlasting life.”
So I’m not sure what it means that I used mostly dried & twiggy things…! But still, you get the gist and even if you aren’t religious, they look super pretty on your door.
Now normally I would incorporate some spring bulbs into my easter wreath, with much more moss, some fresh blooms, eggs and other lovely bits and pieces. However, most of us are at home due to Covid-19 with limited materials, so I wanted to create something achievable for everyone!
I have a few bases floating around here from Christmas and if you have any form of frame, do save yourself the trouble of making one, but I thought that using a premade base myself wasn’t fair on you guys, to cheat like that! So I had a think about what I could make a base from which was free, easily accessible and versatile – IVY!
You can see the videos on our IGTV but at this point, I stripped off the leaves from the ivy vines and stared to swirl them into a wreath. It’s a pretty technique that just involves swirling the stems together. I was GOING to take more photos but the pressure of the limelight got to me and… I forgot.
Once I had my base, I went on a bit of a nature hunt. I use that term loosely, as it involved a rummage in the workshop and a stroll around the garden, but I collected the materials I would need next. I recommend you do this too, so you don’t have to keep stopping and starting.
I collected some lichen covered apple branches, cut some viburnum tinus as this lasts really well out of water, as well as some rosemary as this dries. I found a bag of feathers in our Christmas stock and a stem of preserved eucalyptus, as well as a lovely mustard velvet ribbon. I really have been on the hunt! I managed to find a few bits of usable wire, (I left the shop in a bit of a fog so didn’t pick up a tool bag,) and fetched the garden twine. Oh, and some hay from Basil the house rabbit!
Using the twine, I tied and bound the apple branches to the framework, vaguely facing the same way but knowing this was going to be a bit of a wild one. From here I pushed the stems of foliage into the frame which kept them in nice and tight – I figured this was easier than fighting with sub standard mechanics! Keep them all facing the same way – either clockwise or anticlockwise for a slightly less haphazard look! A few white hypericum berries, a little hay wired into the design as well as some feathers and we were getting there.
The ribbon was tied into the wreath with twine and to finish off, I added a couple of stems of variegated ivy and spirea. I know the spirea wont last even 24 hours, but it looked so pretty, I couldn’t resist! Just use a simple string loop at the back and voila, you can affix it to your door to hang with pride!
Don’t forget to tag us @brambleandwild in your creations. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Take care & stay safe, Grace x