Environmentally Friendly Christmas Wreath.

Every year I make my own remembrance wreaths for graves and decorative ones for doors . I make them from  scratch but inevitably I end up using a small amount of wire or plastic in them but this year I have been trying to reduce my plastic usage and waste so I decided to make totally biodegradable wreathes using locally sourced materials.

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It all started in October when the leaves fell off the willow and hazel in the hedgerows up the lane near where I live. Hubby and I collected  a few bundles on our walks, this is a real conversation starter because fellow dog walkers were puzzled with what we wanted them for.

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I let the withies dry out for a few weeks as to allow the wood to shrink. By mid November I was ready to have a go at constructing the rings. I haven’t made them before so I just played around twisting the withies tying with a piece of natural twine and pushing them round and round but I am pleased with the result not bad for a first attempt.

December means its time to get cracking and create the wreaths. I always collect my holly right at the start of December, the migrating Fieldfares and Redwings are great at stripping a holly bush of its berries in hours so I try to get in before they do. I store the holly in the back garden open to the elements and this keeps it nice and fresh until I am ready.

So off I go , this year I have used twine to fasten the moss and holly to the woven wreath normally it is wires and it’s just a case of going round attaching the moss then attaching the foliage’s pulling the twine as tight as it will go.

 

My finished wreaths are used to adorn my door which I do attach some decorations and after Christmas are they are removed and re used each year . My remembrance  wreathes are laid in quite exposed places, I now feel happy that if they blow away it’s only a matter of time until they decompose into the environment their components came from. Happy Christmas folks.

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