Collect Now for Making Wreaths Later

If you’d love to make a wreath for your front door (or any room in your home, for that matter), now is the time to begin collecting materials from your garden and the roadsides. Dried flowers and weeds look very different from the blooming varieties in your yard and fields, and later on, they can morph into beautiful dried arrangements or wreaths. Store-bought hydrangea wreaths are expensive; why not make your own?  It’s best to cut and begin to dry them now. Cut the mopheads you need for a lovely bouquet, filling the vase halfway with water. Once water is gone, remove the leaves and let the hydrangeas dry upright naturally in the vase. They will retain their blue or pink tones even months later when you are ready to begin wreath-making. (The hydrangeas in the picture above are two years old and have faded to gold.) Unlike hydrangeas, other flowers like lavender, santolina, yarrow, oregano, the ornamental grasses, and weeds are best dried hanging upside down. Tie into little bunches and hang in your garden shed, barn  or garage. Other materials you can begin collecting now are lichen-covered twigs, bunches of tiny pinecones, bird feathers; and later, nandina berries, artichokes,  and rose hips. Every year, the week after Thanksgiving or first week in December, my friend Pat comes to my barn, and we make wreaths for hours. I supply the bay and she brings the magnolia leaves, and we both use all the other natural materials I’ve been collecting for months. Steaming hot coffee, scones, talk, and busy hands! We wouldn’t miss this annual event for anything! Check out my website www.sandybakerwriter.com in a couple of months for more information, directions, and photos.  You, too, can be an expert wreath maker. I promise. Start collecting now!

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