My friend, and fellow blogger, Ann (aka the Amateur Bot-ann-ist) organized a wreath making party over Thanksgiving weekend, several of us showed up and brought cuttings. The wonderful thing about making wreathes with friends — especially when those friends are plant people and one of them works at Cistus Nursery — is there's a fabulous selection of foliage to work with...
This decorated twig wreath hangs on our front door.
The ornamental additions include two kinds of Magnolia leaves, small Grevillea australis and Eucalyptus branches, Lunaria seed pods, Holly cuttings and unknown conifer bits (collected by me from trees in a nearby field).
The bare twigs are a nice contrast to the opulence.
I snapped this photo with my phone one afternoon. The trees across the street from us were reflected in the glass door and added a (slightly confusing) layer of interest...
The back door (where we tend to come and go) got a grapevine wreath dressed up with more Magnolia leaves and Doug Fir cones.
The wreath is a little undersized but I had it on hand so I used it anyway.
The copper fuzz on the underside of Magnolia leaves is a favorite feature.
I still have last year's moss wreath and briefly thought about taking it to the party for "sprucing up" instead it stayed home. It has been put to use on the backside of our front door.
The once bright chartreuse moss is faded, but still fun.
This olive wreath was built on a single piece of metal, formed into a ring, that I found in the street (on a dog walk). Rather than make bundles of olive branches — for a thick and full wreath — I instead just wove long stems around and around, letting them project out in a random fashion.
A few olives dropped in the process but quite a few remain.
This one gets pride of place above the mantle, other holiday decorations were soon added.
I think I've shared this photo here before, but just in case, Andrew brought it home from work (Schoolhouse Electric) where it had been acting as a prop. I wish I knew the story behind the smiling couple and why they're posing in the Opuntia patch.
I made one more wreath, this a small one consisting only of Magnolia leaves.
I had a hard time deciding where it should live, and it hung here on the bookcase (vasecase?) for a day or two. Problem was you didn't really see it.
So it moved over to the fireplace and hangs there, below the mantle.
Have you made any wreaths yet this season?
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