It’s December already! Every year, I always make an easy ‘bouquet style’ Christmas wreath for our front door. With Covid-19 restrictions, I have been challenging myself to be even more creative. So this year, I challenged myself to make it as sustainable as possible!
In this article, I will show you how to make a sustainable Christmas wreath.
What you need
- jute twine (anything natural)
- garden/ikebana shears
- wreath base
- plants from your garden
How to make a Christmas wreath
First, gather the tools and plants. You certainly need a base to work with. If you don’t have one, you can easily make it. Check out my previous post on how to make a sustainable wreath base.
Then, cut the greens to roughly 25cm/10 inches long. As you can see, I used cedar branches. It can be any type of greens you have at home. Surprisingly, something like rosemary works well. A quick tip: grouping different plants together makes it easier to work with.
Third, weave the stems through the wreath. I like to draw an imaginary line dividing the wreath in half. Then start working your way from the bottom toward the top.
As you can see, the tips of the greens are pointing down. It is important that each piece overlaps other stems, so you can only see the beautiful greens.
Once you reach the top, move on to the other side. Just like the other side, start from the bottom and work your way to the top. It is just like roofing: bottom to top!
Once you finish your wreath, tie a loop on it for hanging at the very top. Next, you start adding plants from your garden.
When you connect with nature, you’ll start seeing beautiful colours even in winter. So pick what you like, and weave them through the wreath. You can even add some pine cones by tying them with jute twine.
Finally, you can see the beautiful wreath designed by YOU!
I am happy with my achievement and hope you are too about your new sustainable wreath.
Since everything I used I already had at home, there was no environmental footprint. Plus, I only picked what I needed so it was plant-friendly as well. The parts I didn’t use went straight to my compost, so nothing went to the landfill.
It was fascinating how my curiosity sparked with so little, to begin with. Truly, less means more.