Hello Ella Claire readers, it’s Alicia from A Burst of Beautiful. I am so happy to be back today to share another fun holiday project with you.
As a child we used to bundle up and head out to the bush as a family to select our Christmas tree each year. However, as we grew up it become more convenient (and less messy) to purchase an artificial tree. I know a lot of people don’t think an artificial Christmas tree compares to a real tree, but they have come a long way and there are so many on the market today that are so realistic looking it’s hard to tell them apart from their real live counterparts. Not to mention, as a blogger (and Christmas fanatic) we put our tree up very early each year, so an artificial tree has been a huge advantage for us.
But I still miss that woodsy, piney, fresh evergreen smell.
This year I have absolutely fallen in love with fresh evergreen garlands and wreaths. Hanging a few simple fresh garlands and wreaths around your home is the perfect way to get that wonderful Christmas smell, and they look stunningly beautiful too.
Instead of purchasing a fresh Christmas wreath from a nursery, I decided to try making one from items I foraged in our own backyard.
- Fresh greenery
- Grapevine wreath
- Floral wires
- Wire cutters
I clipped a variety of fresh greenery from our backyard, including pine boughs, boxwood, cedar and juniper. Then I simply entwined the stems of each piece of greenery into a grapevine wreath and secured it with floral wire.
I wanted our wreath to look a little bit untamed and organic, so I left a few pieces of greenery unsecured.
I love the simplicity of this wreath. Not only would it be the perfect addition to your Christmas decor, it would also be a lovely pop of colour throughout the winter months.
To keep your wreath at it’s freshest, soak the clippings in water for 24 hours before before you create your wreath. And remember to spritz it with water every few days.
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