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Nature & Your Wreath
The largest store available for products to be used in making a wreath is Mother Nature's store. Whether it be items from
your garden, along the road side, creek, marsh or out in the forest, there are an unthinkable amount of products obtainable. Most
of these are free for the taking, especially from your garden.
If you are planning a trip to the woods to find such items as pinecones, wood and other foliage you need to be considerate
of your surroundings and the property of others.
Choose pinecones that are on the ground. Don't be afraid to pick ones that are completely closed as a well as those that
are old and dried out. Look for deadfall - trees that have been blown over or have died naturally and are no longer producing
greenery. These type of trees are a wonderful resource for small twigs and branches as well as pieces of bark, moss, lichen and cones.
Note: If you come across a pyramid of pinecones on the ground, please leave be. This is a carefully constructed pile the squirrels have built for the winter food supply. When they build a large pyramid it means there will be deep snow.
Foliage that has died and gone to seed will give some very unique and interesting looks to a wreath. Weeds are the best
source of supply. Plants such as milkweed have spectacular heads when they go to seed. Wild thistle is another plant that looks
wonderful in a wreath. Mushrooms, toadstools and puffballs, when dried will add character.
Get permission from local farmers to pick grain stocks that may be growing along the side of the road adjacent to their fields.
Wild oats, barley and wheat offer a country flair to your project as well as giving it balance by adding height or length.
Even small colored pebbles found at the beach when included with sea shells will be a memory wreath of your holiday at the
The nice thing about natural items, is being able to leave them in the state in which you found them or spray paint them to the
color you want.
Plan your garden to include plants you can use in your wreath making. Baby's Breath, Statice and Heather make tremendous filler as
well as adding lacey look. For that matter, any flowers from your garden will work. If you are using a wet wreath, the blooms can be
included while fresh from cutting. Either air drying or preserving as suggested in Preserving Flowers will keep blooms such as Roses,
Bachelor Buttons, Marigold and Zinnias available to use on wreaths long after their natural season has finished.
Your herb garden is another source of materials for your wreath. Yarrow, Goldenrod, Feverfew, Bee Balm and Lavender to name
a few, will fit into many themes adding more color and scent. Don't forget cinnamon sticks.
If you live in an environment with minimal space for a garden, consider a window box, container garden or deck garden to produce the
materials you will be including in your wreaths. Many herbs can be grown indoors during the winter months and remember not to rule out
your indoor plants.
If you choose not to use natural items for your wreath, you will still be able to make some spectacular wreaths and centerpieces.
Silk flowers and foliage, plastic fruits and vegetables can be just as rewarding. It is important, however, to use good quality items as this will reflect
in the finished wreath.
Most of these items mentioned here are available in a craft, garden, health food or flower shops. For your convenience, we have provided you with links to our affiliate companies who handle some of the materials to get you started.
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