Amongst all the many symbols of the holiday season, the Christmas wreath has a long and valued history that many people have fully embraced. Whether they are aware of this history, or not, people's willingness to display Christmas wreathes has clearly dominated a season that is jam-packed with fun, festive, traditions. An evergreen's strength and power to endure even the most harsh winters make it a perfect symbol of the holidays, and compel people to include wreath making in their wintertime festivities.
Piled high in several monstrous, yet overfilled boxes of Christmas decorations, a few weeks before Christmas, my household is guaranteed to remove all the merry Christmas wreathes that we have used repetitively for years and years. This year, however, in accordance with my instructions put forth in this Info Barrel article, I am determined to make and wrap my very merry Christmas wreath for a variety of reasons.
While it is surely tempting to purchase an evergreen Merry Christmas wreath, there is a certain degree of fun and enjoyment that can be derived from engaging in this festive activity project. Whether alone, or with family and friends, you can also involve your children in this project, as well as, possibly consider making one for a Sunday school class at your nearby church. Merry Christmas wreaths are ultimately a very easy and inexpensive thing to make, and, by making your own, you will ensure that it is fresh and will last for the entire winter season.
Things You Will Need
- a Metal or Plastic Wreath Frame (a metal clothes' hanger can be used, however, it will not provide quite the support that a purchased metal or plastic wreath frame will afford you.)
- Wire Cutters
- Pruning Sheers
- Green Christmas Floral Wire
- Gloves for Gardening
Step 1Just like many of my "How-to" Info Barrel articles, I typically begin my first step with emphasizing the importance of assembling, and inventorying, all your equipment. Without each item, you will be unable to make a great Merry Christmas wreath that embodies newness, strength and life. Unfortunately, while many people will have these items laying around their home already, you may have to consider making a trip out to your local Home Depot or Lowe's in order to retrieve some of the items that you are missing.
Step 2Once you have assembled all your equipment and chosen an open space to begin crafting your Merry Christmas wreath masterpiece, it is important to pick your favorite greenery. While evergreens are typically synonymous with the winter season, and this wreath making process, you do have several legitimate types of greenery that you can use. The science of this process can emerge because each type of greenery can present you with a slightly different look, and feel. Even though some people have their favorites already, the best and most practical thing to do, especially for someone who is new to Merry Christmas wreath making, is to simply use whatever evergreen greenery is available to them.
If you are very passionate about this process, you can use any greenery ranging from Junipers to Mountain Laurels and Rhododendrons. This list of potential greenery, by no means, stops there. For indoor wreath hanging, firs are actually very tolerant of conditions inside your house, or wherever you wish to ultimately hang your Merry Christmas wreath. With flat, small, needles, hemlocks are a type of greenery that, as opposed to firs, one may want to consider hanging outside their house because of how quickly they shed their needles. This can easily become quite a mess if you were to hang hemlock wreath greenery inside your house.
Step 3While you may already know which greenery you would like, prior to beginning your project, this step actually goes in hand with step 2. Unfortunately, many people immediately make a mistake when handling their greenery that can ultimately place their Merry Christmas wreath making endeavors in jeopardy. It is important for one to know that greenery must be handled with care. Whether you are purchasing your greenery, or extracting it from your beautiful acres of landscape outside your own home, you should always take great care to not damage the plant.
Whatever greenery that you choose to harvest for your Merry Christmas wreath project, it is important that you prune the branches evenly, and only take a little greenery sampling from each plant. Doing this will make it easier for the plant to revive itself. Unfortunately, many people will harvest greenery without really knowing what they are harvesting. I highly recommend either obtain a book about evergreen species, or doing a simple google search. By doing this, you can obtain pictures that you can use to help you identify what particular evergreen species are outside in your own backyard.
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