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Handmade Wreaths

Store bought wreaths can be expensive, and if they are living ones they may not last as long as their price tag dent does in your budget. Assembling your own is a way to have an original wreath that will be both fun to make and look at.

Wreaths actually date back thousands of years and can be found in various cultures. They come in many sizes, from smaller loops that were once worn on top of the head as honorable adornments to larger sizes used for decoration and to represent unity or hold special significance. Though the wreath’s looks may have changed since its conception long ago, the traditional circle shape is still used as a symbol of connection and continuity.

Wreaths can be made from unlimited supplies and are perfect for reusing items. For directions using reclaimed objects, Instructables.com provides a basic format to help build a base and get started. Supplies like heavy cardboard, thin boards or twistable wires are good for constructing the frame. Any media can be used to make the wreath as long as it is not too heavy, items can be securely attached and if hanging it on a wall make certain that it is stable.

Give things like fabrics, twine and adornments a new life by reusing them on a wreath. Natural materials found outdoors like twigs, pinecones, leaves or other items that have fallen to the ground are perfect additions. Dried fruits, herbs and spices can also be attached to wreaths for a fragrant touch.

Wreaths are popular around the holidays, which provide the perfect opportunity for uniting recycling and crafting. Cards, decorations and ribbons can turn an already existing wreath into a festive one. Not just limited for holidays however, wreaths can be used throughout the year too. Seasonal foliage can be mixed in the designs as can themed decorations. Favorites like shells, dried flowers and even photographs can be placed inside. Wreaths also make great gifts. Surprising someone with a tailor made wreath is a unique presentation that goes beyond a gift basket.

You don’t have to go for the classic garland but can construct artful, more contemporary designs also. Make a one of a kind display by using objects around the home. Check out these recycled magazine and newspaper wreaths for some repurposing craft inspiration. Also Martha Stewart has tons of wreath ideas with instructions.

After you are done displaying your wreath consider storing the reusable portions, like the base of the wreath if it is sturdy, and keep any other materials that can be reused. Wreaths are probably one of the many discarded items that linger in landfills each year after they are used for only a few weeks.

Wreaths are positive emblems associated with an appreciation for nature’s unending aesthetic value. Making a wreath is fun creative energy, and provides a chance to personalize a worldwide tradition.


RGraf: Tradition of the Christmas Wreath


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