DIY Christmas Wreaths From Your Garden
Evergreen wreaths have been a part of Christmas tradition for centuries. In addition to evergreens, there are many other wreath materials that may be growing in your own yard or neighborhood. Here are some ideas to help you create a Christmas wreath from materials that you can grow in your “Christmas garden.”
Creating The Christmas Wreath Base
Evergreens are the perfect plant material to cover the base of a wreath. Evergreens are sturdy, long-lasting and provide a dense background for other plants and decorations. Evergreens grow in most climates and can be used as a groundcover, shrub, hedge or specimen tree. Here are some suggestions:
- Balsam fir
- Red cedar
Leaves are also used to cover a wreath base. When using leaves, choose leaves with a thick texture that will retain its shape when dried out. Look around your yard for these leafy wreath materials:
Here are some tips for using evergreens in wreaths:
- Evergreen branches can be cut from trees in your yard or purchased from Christmas tree vendors.
- The bottom branches are best for making wreaths.
- Stray branches can be cut off to enhance the shape of the tree and the cut branches used in a wreath.
- Some plants, such as boxwood and holly, can be sheared in November or December and the cuttings used for wreath-making.
Scented Christmas Wreaths
A Christmas wreath not only helps bring out the holiday spirit, it can add a Christmas scent to a room. Herbs and spices have more uses that just a garden plant or a food flavoring. Herbs can also be used to decorate a wreath. Here are a few decorative herbs that make attractive indoor and outdoor plants, are easy to grow and can be used fresh in family meals or dried and arranged in a wreath:
- Bay leaves
Christmas Wreath Adornments
Pinecones are a popular decoration for a Christmas wreath. Pinecones can be found in areas of dense and long-lived evergreen trees. In addition, walnuts, chestnuts and acorns can also be used.
Many plants produce berries and fruits that make excellent wreath decorations. Look for berries that will stay on the stem when the plant material dries out and that are not toxic. Here are some suggestions:
- Winterberry is a deciduous holly with thick leaves and carmine red berries. Berries become ripe in September and October.
- Partridgeberry is an evergreen shrub with a trailing growth habit. It has leathery leaves and round red berries.
- Try red berries from hawthorn trees, crabapples, bittersweet or buckbrush.
- Pomegranates add an attractive red accent to a wreath. Pomegranates begin to ripen in August and are harvested through January.
- Other fruits that will dry on the wreath over time include small apples and pears.
Here are a few wreath themes to explore:
- Victorian Christmas wreaths use an assortment of fir, cedar and boxwood as a base. Pomegranates, pinecones and berries are used as adornments. A red velvet bow provides a finishing touch.
- An easy to make wreath combines a fir base with holly, pinecone and red berry embellishments.
- Create some Southern style Christmas wreaths with magnolia leaves, baby blue eucalyptus, red roses and white statice. Decorate with small gold balls and a large ribbon.
Christmas Wreath Florals
Give a Christmas wreath a final flourish with a few fragrant flowers from your garden. Several varieties of flowers can be gathered throughout the year, hung upside down to dry and used in a Christmas wreath. Here are a few flowers that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors:
Discover the myriad ways that plant material found around your yard and neighborhood can be formed into a decorative Christmas wreath.