Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Throughout the year wreaths make ideal decorations for the home. The kind of materials can vary. But, there’s a style to suit every home décor.
Both fresh and dried flowers as well as other floral materials can be used for these floral designs. Greenery and other kinds of foliage are ideal.
For wreath bases, you can choose from various kinds. It depends partly on whether you’re doing a formal or informal design. For formal ones, straw or Styrofoam work well since the entire form will be covered with flowers, greenery, or other items. When used in wreaths, fresh flowers look nice on a green background.
Grape vine wreaths and twig wreaths are much more informal. Depending on your design, these can seem playful.
There are also metal wreath forms. These are preferred for Christmas wreaths made mostly from greenery.
Wreath forms come in different shapes and sizes. Not all of them will be round. For Christmas and Valentines Day, special shapes are often used.
Various kinds of non-floral items can be used to supplement the florals in a wreath. Examples include bows and ribbons as well as strips of fabric. Raffia, feathers, and painted wood or metal cutouts also work well.
Ribbon can be used in different ways. For example, cut this in equal length pieces. Wrap each piece around the wreath at regular intervals. Secure the ends of the ribbons with pin or glue on the back side of the wreath.
Wreaths can be displayed in various ways. Most often, they’re hung on a door or wall. But, they can also be set flat on a table as a centerpiece. In addition, these can be displayed on wreath stands. I’ve seen one that is a combination of a floor lamp/wreath holder where the wreath hangs at the top and the lamp to one side
The center of a wreath need not be empty. In fact, there are a number of ways this space can become part of the floral design. For instance, you can place a candle in the center if you’re using a wreath as a centerpiece.
The center can also be stuffed with a handful or raffia or similar material. This is the perfect space for dried flowers or a bird’s nest, which can be filled with colorful eggs for a spring wreath.
Wreaths are suitable any time of the year. For fall wreaths, use brightly colored fall foliage, berries, fruits, tiny pumpkins, gourds, or ears of ornamental corn.
Peanuts would also be a good choice for fall. For this, use peanuts in the shell. Arrange them so that they completely cover the wreath form. Glue these in place.
For winter wreaths, there are all sorts of suitable materials. These include cinnamon sticks, pine cones, nuts, painted okra pods, pomegranates, apples, oranges, and berried stems.