In the last months, it have been those willow wreaths that every shabby chic or hampton style home owns in overflow that keep staring back at me. So when I did some gardening for my parents (payment for mooching food...) and ended up with a bunch of young hazel branches, I decided to save them from being shredded. After all, if life hands you hazel branches, make a wreath!
And this is my creation. I want to state that it is nearly round. This is a point of pride, so please take note!
Step one was making the wreath. You need only branches. Willow, hazel, or any other kind of non-brittle wood. Willow can often be found close to bodies of water, however small, so go looking there if you don´t find any in your garden.
The wreath takes about twenty minutes to braid.
After cutting down the branches and stripping them of their leaves, I put them in a shallow bath for a couple of hours.
First, I formed a circle with one of the sturdier branches, fixing the ends by twisting them round each other. Then I wound the other branches around my first one, moving the starting points to get even volume.
The tension of the bowed branches will hold them fast. I bend the
thick ends in preparation before winding them in. The thin ends tended to break, but I just cut them off if that happened.
After I had used up all my branches, I let the wreath dry. It quickly turned from slightly green to pure brown (which I prefer).
For spring, I wanted to add some colour.
For the decoration, you need two pink satin ribbons (one slim, one broad), a couple of tiny glass bottles and some bellis flowers.
I wrote down "Frühling" (meaning "spring") in word, using a different font for every letter. I spaced the letters so I had enough space to cut them for my bunting.
Then I did a google image search for " newspaper". I immediatly found a cool one, copied the grafic into word and printed it. Then, I printed my letters on top of it. Next, I cut out a dragon shape around each letter, folded it in the middle and glued it to the slim ribbon.
I fixed the bunting and the tiny bottles on my wreath. I used the large ribbon to hang the wreath to my door. Then I filled
the bottles with water and put in pink bellis.
Now spring greets me every time I come home!
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