The abundance of autumn harvest materials inspires me to be creative. I can’t stand NOT making use of the berries, fragrant herbs, and dried flowers from the garden and roadside. If you are a creative cottage naturalist, you can relate. Wreaths to decorate inside doors and mantles are especially decorative. So, grab your pruning shears and gathering basket. Head outside and begin harvesting.
SUGGESTED BASE MATERIALS: Fashion wreaths of artemisia–Silver King, Silver Queen, Sweet Annie Wormwood–or twig wreaths of River Birch twigs, Grapevine or Bittersweet vines.
SUGGESTED DECORATIVE ELEMENTS: Small gourds or mini pumpkins, acorns, rose hips turned red or dark orange, red crab apple branches, bittersweet branches, nuts, small Indian corn
DRIED FLOWERS/HERBS: Yellow and white yarrow, red/pink/yellow cockscomb celosia, globe amaranth in white/purple/mauve, yellow tansy, purple lavender, gold Lady’s Mantle, Babys’ Breath, Statice Caspia [Sea Lavender], Bay leaves, Betony leaves, purple Thyme blossoms, pressed colored leaves, dried goldenrod, Chinese lanterns [orange pods], etc.
Assemble your wreath bending grapevine or bittersweet into circles and tucking ends inside the circle to be held by tensil strength. Trim ends. Add more vine lengths to the circle, tucking ends into the hoop and winding in and around, until you have a substantial base. You may choose to use a straw wreath form and wire or pin herb branches around the form. This is the best method for the artemesias and wormwoods.
Glue dried flowers, herbs and decorative autumn elements to the wreath base with a hot glue gun. If wreath base is composed of fresh herbs, allow wreath to dry on a flat surface inside for a few days until firm before hanging. Arrange wreath over a buffet or mantle with other elements below and around it such as pumpkins, gourds, nuts and bittersweet vines.
STAND BACK AND ENJOY! Ahhhhh…immersed in Autumn.