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How to Make a Wreath

December 21, 2011 - GrowOrganic
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In our new video, Tricia gathers greenery and makes a holiday wreath in her garden. Whether you want a Christmas wreath, a solstice wreath, or a wreath for other seasons, watch and see how easy it is to create your own unique decoration. If you’re going to construct your own wreath, make it as personal as possible. Here are things to consider: *  Choose plants that have special significance. *  Use branches from your own garden. *  Pick foliage and needle colors to coordinate…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener. The interesting tradition of wearing hanging and making wreaths goes back to ancient times. In modern times we like to hang wreaths in celebration of holiday spirit. Today I'm going to give you my tips on how to make your own holiday wreath. You'll need a frame and these metal frames come in quite a few different diameters gloves wire for attaching greenery and pruners. Today we're going to be constructing our wreath with incense cedar from down by the creek olive leaves from the orchard and holly berry from my friend Janet's yard. Your wreath will be made up of hand size bundles like this. You want to tie the bundles very tightly together with the craft wire If you're not working with any pokey greens you might want to take your gloves off it makes this part a little bit easier. Your going to attach the bundles to the wire at the crossbar. I've pre-made eight bunches to fit around my small frame overlap each bunch that you just attached and follow the pattern around the circle. When your wreath is finished you can wire down any floppy pieces of greenery or cover up any any areas where you might see the frame you can always by your greenery but using evergreens natives and hardy winter plants from your own backyard really makes the wreath special. If you're not sure of the longevity of the cut plant after cutting it leave it overnight in the environment where you intend to hang your wreath and look for wilting the next day if the foliage appears wilted don't use it. Have fun playing around with different combinations right here we have young nandina variegated boxwood and italian cypress. Another great combination is the mountain pine with the little pine cones and strawberry bush which has these beautiful little white flowers and state the fruit that looks like strawberries. For a blue tint which a lot of people like around the holidays it'd be great to use this blue spruce as well as eucalyptus and some lavender. Give the gift of a homemade wreath this year happy holidays and grow organic for life.

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Norm Says:
Dec 21st, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Grade: C-  The sound and picture quality were good.  The presentation flowed well.  The framing was excellent.  You enunciated clearly and distinctly.  All well done.  I liked the way you presented plant combination ideas for materials for making the bundles.  But, what is the tie thing you talked about…wire?  Where do you get it, how much do you need, and DOES YOUR COMPANY SELL IT?  The frames looked interesting…and you said they come in different sizes….so how about a little help here—-what size for a front door,  Or carriage lanterns on the garage,  Or a table display?  And, again, DOES YOUR COMPANY SELL THEM?  (((You really need to take advantage of opportunities to sell items….now if I decide to proceede I have to find someplace that sells this stuff—- maybe a competing nursery that can help me make one!!!)  You said to tie them tightly together, but your video didn’t show how….I couldn’t see it done.  Do you braid it, wrap it, tie it several times, or what?  That section should be slow, detailed, and deliberate…I have a feeling it is critical to a good presentation.  Then you say to tie it to the cross member.  Let’s play dumb….what’s that? SHOW ME and show me how.  I can’t see in the video HOW you are tying it to the frame.  You say to overlap the other components, but don’t show HOW to overlap them.  I have never made a wreath, and while I can now probably gather the materials, I still don’t really know how to make a wreath.  You are on the right track, just need to provide more detail and clearer instructions.

Thinkabout Says:
Dec 21st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Excellent presentation.  Helpful and concise.  I can’t wait to make my own wreaths and I’m thinking that next year everyone will get a homemade wreath made from my lovely pines.

For Norm (previous comment):  I think they were hoping for some sort of basic craft skill in their viewers.  The frames and craft wire (which she mentioned specifically) can be purchased at any craft store.  Amounts and sizes will depend on what you’re making them for.  This is a simple starter vid not a full class.

Wattum Says:
Dec 21st, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I’ve never made a wreath. (I have made a few videos for work and advertising) I thought it was a great video with enough detail included to do it myself! Thanks for the idea and the quick tutorial! I especially liked the selections of different green combinations. A+

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Dec 10th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Norm, Thank you for your detailed feedback. The wreath frames and florist wire are available at local craft stores. We try to keep our videos short, therefore we did not have time to show Tricia doing each motion. The size of the wreaths for different locations is up to you—gardeners make decisions about size/scale all the time and this is a chance to use your creativity! Again, thank you for watching and commenting!

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Dec 10th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thinkabout, Hope you had fun with your homegrown & homemade pine wreaths! Thank you for helping to explain the purpose of our video.

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Dec 10th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Wattum, We appreciate your feedback!

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