This homemade holiday holly wreath is not only a feast for the eyes, but also traditionally is believed to bring good luck to the home’s inhabitants. This plant captivates with its bright green leaves tipped with prickly thorns and ruby red berries that are quite bewitching to behold.
Natural creations such as this holly wreath add to the magic of the Yuletide season. My dried orange garland and holiday chocolate leaves (using imprints found from your garden) enhance the whimsy of the season.
Homemade Holiday Holly Wreath:
- Fresh holly (the amount will depend on the desired size and fullness of your wreath)
- A round metal wire wreath frame (found at art and craft stores on on Etsy).
- Green florist wire
- Gardening gloves
- Floral shears
- A fresh supply of holly
- Green felt (optional)
Begin by harvesting your holly, careful to cut several inches below the berries, trying to keep your pieces as uniform as possible. You can always later trim the sprigs to resemble each other in length.
Now comes the weaving: bending each piece of holly around the wire frame, overlapping leaves and berries on exposed stems, and tucking leaves between the frame to fill open spaces. Think of it like an active meditation as well as a labor of holiday love (this part can take several hours, depending on the intricacy of you wreath).
Wearing gloves is key as extended contact with holly can be irritating, especially to those with eczema or sensitive skin.
Refrain from washing the holly until after it’s been arranged around the wreath; then, let the wreath air dry in a cool place. The wreath will fully dry with time, with the berries shriveling somewhat and the leaves becoming pricklier.
If you are hanging the wreath inside, you may want to glue green felt to the back of the wreath frame to prevent scratches on your walls or door. This homemade work of art is also suited as a lovely table centerpiece.
Wishing you and your family happy holly-days!