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.
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.
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.