Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wreaths ring in the season ...

I love the historical symbolism of ornamental wreaths. Ancient civilizations used a simple ring of evergreen as a symbol of strength and valor. Early wreaths were constructed from ivy, oak, olive leaves, myrtle, laurel, wheat or vines, and worn as an adornment to show one's status.

In Christianity, wreaths have been used for centuries to prepare for the Advent season. The use of modern day wreaths dates back to Germany in the 1500's and has evolved into traditional holiday decor during the Christmas season.

Image via The Inside Story.

My favorite wreaths are made from living evergreens. These natural materials are great inside where weather won't affect the lifespan as it might outdoors.

Images above via Country Living (left) and The Farmer's Trophy Wife (right).

While fresh evergreens make a beautiful statement, I love the addition of other elements, too. Feathers lend flair and vintage objects create loads of personal character.

Sometimes, a wreath isn't an actual circle. Although the horn above certainly gives that impression. Images above via Tobi Fairley (left) and Patina Green (right).


Images above via Brabourne Farm (left) and Country Living (right).

I'm fond of using nuts and berries to create a welcoming wreath for the season.

Image via Neat Nest.

My daughter and I made our front door wreath (below) from collected acorns.

Image via Alamodeus.

It's an easy project with our tutorial here.

Don't feel limited to natural objects. Bulbs, ornaments, ceiling medallions, corks and flowers are just some of the materials that lend themselves to fun wreaths. Images above via Alamodeus (left) and Better Homes and Gardens (right).

Images above via Savvy Design (left) and Country Living (right).

A glue gun, circular wreath framework and some imagination is all it takes to craft a new holiday adornment for hearth and home.

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