Ask anyone you know to name symbols they associate with Christmas; they might name some of the following: a Christmas tree, a Christmas tree ornament, a stocking, a jingle bell, an angel, a manger, a donkey, a sleigh, a Santa hat, a reindeer, a sack of toys, a wrapped present, a Christmas candle, and of course, a Christmas wreath.
The Christmas wreath is a holiday staple that most people include in their home decorating as often as they put up a tree or lights. Having a decorative wreath on your front door, over your mantel or on a wall is a way of saying welcome to your guests as they arrive at your home for a visit or a party. It can showcase natural winter greenery, beautiful bows, colorful ornaments or specific themes. The style of the wreath you select tells your guests a lot about your personal style and interests.
You may not have realized that making and displaying a decorative wreath is a tradition that dates all the way back to the peoples of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. The early Etruscan rulers wore circlets of ivy, oak, olive, myrtle, laurel leaves, wheat and vines as crowns, as symbols of status. The Greeks placed wreaths of laurel on the heads of victorious athletes in the original Olympic Games, Roman leaders wore wreaths as crowns and also hung them on their doorways as a sign of victory or importance.
Thus, the making of wreaths is an ancient and respected art that began about a thousand years before the birth of Christ. But the circular shape of a wreath is especially meaningful for the Christmas season. The ring shape, having no beginning and no end, represents eternity, the unending circle of life.
The evergreen, traditionally used in wreath-making, represents growth, strength and immortality. So, while you may have just thought of making a Christmas wreath as a simple creative activity, you have actually been participating in a celebration of the strength of life overcoming the forces of winter.
Today you may create a holiday wreath with materials other than real evergreen. You can make a wreath with real greens like holly, magnolia, boxwood, pine, or cedar, using a floral foam or straw wreath form. To those natural wreaths, you can add real or faux fruit, natural items like pinecones or pods, Christmas ornaments and/or ribbons.You can also purchase faux pine wreath forms to which you can add virtually any type of ornaments and/or ribbon. While a faux greenery wreath doesn’t have that wonderful aroma of real evergreen, it is inexpensive, easy to manipulate, and useable year after year.
Grapevine wreaths are also useful base forms for holiday wreaths, because your greenery and decorative accessories show up so well against the natural tones of the wreath. They are inexpensive and easy to save for use year to year. In addition to your wreath form, you will also need thin floral wire and/or a hot glue gun with which to attach all your decorative accessories to the form.
While not required, beautiful wired ribbons can really make an ordinary wreath into a spectacular one! The wired ribbons can be saved and “fluffed” the next year to look as fantastic as when the bow was first created, There are many great videos on the internet demonstrating how to make a wreath bow, and if you still think you can’t do it yourself, most craft stores have employees who can make you a bow if you buy the ribbon there. They will also make your wreath for you with your choice of wreath form, ribbons and accessories,
So, if you are looking for Christmas wreath ideas to try for a new decoration or to refurbish an old one, keep your eyes open for interesting wreath inspiration when you are out shopping or driving through your neighborhood f. Think about whether you want a natural look, a traditional look or a fun and funky wreath. Think about the color scheme you want to use in the spot you intend to hang the wreath.
Find some inspiration on Pinterest–having a picture to go by is always helpful, Gather your materials (or ask a craft store specialist to help), and get “twisting.” The Christmas wreath has become a sign of hospitality and holiday cheer for a season that pushes away the dark of winter and honors the ‘Light of the World.”