I got this idea that other day that I’d give making a Christmas wreath a try. I made a few of these years and years ago, but I really don’t think I gave it my all back then. Since we live among so many types of pine trees and since the whole endeavor would only cost me a few dollars, I didn’t see the harm in testing my talents. At this point, since the project is finished, I have to say that I’m very proud of myself. Take a look at what I (we) made. I did the greenery and Laura did the bow an the pine cones.
Isn’t that nice? After I had things put together, I said it might be a good idea to trim off some of the more rogue pieces. Laura disagreed and encouraged me to throw all caution to the wind. I did and we now have one seriously big and boisterous wreath hanging right next to our front door. I love it.
I think we might live on one of the most lovely pieces of property around. One third of the five acres is lawn and house, another third is maple trees (for my syrup) and young pines and the final third is a huge pine forest. Now, when I say huge, I mean huge. Very tall white pines and a variety of spruces live back there. It’s like entering the Ewok village every time we set foot in the area. It’s wonderful and invigorating and each time we walk around in this forest I want to build a cabin and live in it. Good thing we’re in walking distance.
The photo above is the trail that runs through the beginning of it. Next time we’re back there, I’ll have to stand in front of one of the larger trees to show you just how grand they really are.
For this wreath, I bought a wire frame, some floral wire and a few bows. We only used one bow because, unbeknownst to me, Laura had plans for the other three. The only thing remaining that I needed was some pine. Since we recently set up our Christmas tree, I thought the lower branches that I trimmed off would be a good start. Our tree is Fraser Fir, so there’s one type right there.
Yesterday afternoon, we ventured back in the woods. Our top priority was to confirm that no one was hunting on our property. We saw a few hunters walking up and down the road and these folks take some liberties, if you know what I mean. Barring any wandering hunters, our second priority was to collect some pine branches.
If you want to see what it looks like to do something like this, here’s a picture for you. Boy, that orange certainly is blinding. I tried to tone it down as best I could, but it’s still bright.
We walked around for a while and didn’t come across any mischief. Back to the smaller pines it was. We couldn’t really gather any branches from the giant trees.
Here’s a tally of the final species I cut from. I got some Black Spruce, White Spruce, Balsam Fir and some Hemlock. All said and done, we used five different types of branches for our wreath.
If you look closely, you can see what different varieties of pines can do for the interest in a wreath. I like to think it makes it unique.
If we ever do this again, I’m going to change my tactics. I’ll head outside with a black garbage bag and collect much smaller pieces of the branches. I didn’t like the fact that I had to wrestle such large clippings on the dining room table. Also, I’m going to use a thicker gauge wire so I don’t have to wrap it around each cluster so many times to secure the pieces. Finally, I think a few extra pine cones and perhaps some red berries would add some extra flair. After all, the sky’s the limit when it comes to these types of things.