We bought our Christmas Fraser fir from a local Kiwanis Club chapter. I had three feel good moments about the interaction: 1) all proceeds go to charity 2) the volunteers are a group of local older gentlemen that spent way too much time entertaining us and 3) I got two big bundles of boughs, for free.
And since I really wanted to put my own decorations together at minimal cost, free works for me.
Keeping with a natural theme, my plan was to make the wreath form with vine like branches, rather than plastic or metal.
I took my three year out for a stroll by the overgrown wooded area bordering our property. I found quite a few supple branches that would do just nicely for this project.
I ask my dear little sweetheart to put the branches in a large box for me. (She really loves to help.) I turned around to keep collecting branches and when I looked back, she was breaking each branch into tiny three inch sections, “so they could fit better in the box.”
Suddenly I had a lot more branches to find.
But it’s amazing what you can find when you’re looking.
Before long, we were warming ourselves inside and I had a wealth of branches to choose from.
I cut the boughs into manageable pieces and covered my twig wreath round with fir.
I wrapped floral wire around the wreath after I’d finished laying the boughs.
After hot gluing a few pine cones we found on a nature walk and two sprigs of fake berries that a toddler can’t eat, I made a quick bow with Christmas ribbon I had.
I think it turned out quite nicely but the best part of all was turning my wreath making venture into a great couple of hours with my pre-schooler. With her own wreath to decorate, hot chocolate in hand and carols over the speaker, we made lovely holiday memories.