For the last few weeks, we have been talking about wreaths. This time of year, we are all naturally thinking of wreaths, wreaths for our front doors, wreaths for our back doors, large wreaths, small wreaths, and wreaths of different shapes. Not only are they beautiful on your front and back doors, but they add so much to the inside of your home as well.
I once designed a “baking” wreath for a customer with a rolling pin, an empty flour bag stuffed with cotton, a whisk, an empty baking powder can, a pot holder, and a white baker’s hat along with other kitchen utensils. Our theme was mostly red and white with the green mixed in, of course. It was an amazing addition to her large, spacious kitchen.
Do you know the history of the wreath when you are proudly displaying yours? This history actually goes back to the ancient culture of the Persian Empire. Wreaths were called diadems meaning “a thing bound around.” A diadem was a band of fabric worn around the brow of a royal bonnet, symbolizing royalty.
Wreaths made of various leaves were also used as prizes during the Greek Olympics. These were made from olive or laurel leaves. This is where the wreath became a symbol of peace.
Diadems and head wreaths didn’t go unnoticed by the rest of the world’s elite. Soon the upper classes of their countries were designing headdresses of their own – adding precious jewels and metals, they became very ornate.
In time, all social classes wore wreaths to celebrate special occasions and to honor religious holidays. The time came when there was a transition from “wreath as a head ornament” to “wreath as a wall decoration”. Someone probably loved their festival headdress so much that it was displayed on their wall or door.
You don’t have to be among the upper classes or the elite to display a beautiful wreath. Now, the wreath is a symbol of “Welcome” to neighbors and friends as it continues to be an important symbol of holiday decorating.
A wreath reflects the creative style and personality of its maker. These styles are very diverse as each wreath-maker uses many different materials which may “strike their fancy”.
I tell my students often that they can learn the “basics” of wreath design from me. I will teach them well – making sure they know how to attach anything into their wreath very securely. I teach my students which flowers and colors look good together, where I would place them, and how to tie a beautiful bow. But, my main goal in teaching wreath design is helping you find and bring out your own style. I am sure there is a wonderfully unique style inside each and every one of you. You can create a beautiful wreath by duplicating my style and design, but, as you make more wreaths – YOU – will definitely begin to shine through! That’s when I think – no, I KNOW – that I have succeeded in teaching you more than just the basics of wreath design! I have helped you uncover a special “treasure” within yourself that you didn’t know was there!
As always, I want to wish each of you the best of luck
in your new-found hobby or business.
Beautiful Christmas Wreaths
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Wreaths such as this one filled with fruit, a large mix of greens, and many yards of ribbon really add so much to your home as you welcome friends and neighbors!
Wreaths come in so many different styles, shapes and colors and look so pretty in your Holiday decorating. I LOVE this gold, red and green striped ribbon!
Maybe glistening, shimmering golds are YOUR favorite to adorn your front door…