I love making holiday wreathes.
Wreathes date back millennia as one of our most ancient floral decorations.
They symbolize eternity. Wreathes, as perfect circles, have no beginning and no end.
They symbolize the circular progression of the seasons; our Earth’s orbit around the sun.
Traditionally made from cut greens, they symbolize eternal life.
Wreathes have been given as trophies to the victor. Wreathes have been hung around the necks of horses, worn as a head dress, hung on front doors, used as table centerpieces, and sent as gifts.
Wreathes may be made of living plants, cut greens, vines, straw, wire, cloth, paper, plastic, porcelain, or fruit.
This week, I’ve been planning and sourcing materials for a set of wreathes which I’ll construct later in the month.
And I am interested in seeing what wreathes you make, this holiday season, as well.
And so I’m issuing a “Wreath Challenge” to my community here at Forest Garden.
Post a photo of a wreath you make this holiday season by December 13. Tag your post, “Holiday Wreath Challenge,” and include a link back to this post.
Please let me know in the comments that you plan to participate so I can be watching for your post.
I’ll pull together a “holiday blog hop” of all the posts you create.
Your post can show how you constructed the wreath and describe the materials you used, or can simply include a photo. It would be great for you to describe your wreath and explain why you chose the materials you did.
In fact, for this Holiday Wreath Challenge, there will be two separate categories of wreathes.
One category will be of wreathes made entirely of natural materials.
There is a strong tradition in Colonial Williamsburg of fresh, living wreathes hung on each building. Visitors come from all over the world each December to view these unique wreathes.
Made entirely of fresh, living materials, our “della Robbia” wreathes include: evergreens, fruits, vegetables, berries, nuts and cones, feathers, herbs, seed pods, leaves and twigs, shells, and dried flowers.
The wreathes often include symbols of a particular person or trade. Since they are made from whatever is close at hand, they are very personal and use materials in novel ways.
The della Robbia wreathes displayed each year in Colonial Williamsburg are inspired by engravings of 18th Century Virginia holiday decorations, and are made only from materials available in the 18th Century.
Ribbons traditionally are not used on these wreathes.
A second category will be for wreathes which include modern man-made materials.
If your wreath includes ribbons, floral picks, Christmas ornaments, and other fabricated items it will fall into this other category.
You may use any materials you like to enter a wreath in this group, and may be as creative and unconventional with your wreath as your imagination allows.
I’ve included a few links to inspire you and get you started with your own wreath making:
Step by step instructions on constructing an evergreen wreath maybe found here, along with photos of a wreath I made last year.
The history of wreathes, and more photos of wreathes I’ve made are here.
Now, I feel as though I’m leaving some of you out.
Some of my blog visitors don’t have a blog of their own. You might want to share your wreath, but not know how to do it.
And I want you to include you, too.
So for you non-bloggers, please email photos of your finished wreath to me at : email@example.com and I will include photos of your wreathes in my post. Please tell me in your email whether I may use your name and where you live.
Ready or no, here the holidays come, once again.
Whether you love them or endure them, they are as perennial as mosquitoes in a Virginia summer. So lets just decide to enjoy them this year, plan ahead, and have some fun.
I hope you will accept my challenge to make a beautiful wreath for yourself this year, and share it with the rest of us.
Who knows, you might have so much fun that you decide to make a bunch of them!
Woodland Gnome 2014