We welcomed winter last week with our Home for the Holidays Wreath Making Workshop at Trestle Apartments in San Carlos. Our very own Designer Jenn Ray led the workshop and showed our Neighbors how to make festive wreaths. We all took home some beautiful creations and donated several to Ronald McDonald House, a non-profit focused on providing resources and support for families with children who have life threatening illnesses. Our hope is that the wreaths will brighten the halls of the Ronald McDonald house through the new year. As one of our Porch partners, RMH and Prometheus have partnered to create 2,500 welcome home moments for children and their families in the coming year.
Our wreath making workshop was a great way to give back to the community, get to know our Neighbors, and kick off the holiday season. Wreaths are a perfect addition for decking the halls, with scents of balsam and cedar to welcome you home. Wreaths will last throughout the season and welcome your year with a spot of green and plenty of festivity.
Here are a few of the tips shared by Designer Jenn Ray for your very own holiday wreath:
Select your Greenery
Pine, balsam, and cedar are traditional wreath making materials, but try integrating some other plant products to liven up your wreath. Tallow berries, magnolia leaves, pampas grass, pinecones, and any other dried or foraged plant material are great additions.
The Tools You’ll Need
Make sure you have a handy set of shears for any trimming you might need to do, paddle wire to secure the greenery and colorful ribbon to hang with– and of course, your wreath base. You can find bases in various sizes at any craft store. Grapevine is a great natural base.
Think Outside the Box
Forget what you know about wreaths. Today’s trend in wreath making is all about unusual placement and unexpected additions. Skip wrapping the greenery in a neat circle. Instead, try uneven layering or exposed ends for an unstructured feel. Add some additional interest by clustering foraged materials, dried flowers or berry accents.
Where to Hang Your Wreath
Now that your wreath is complete, all you need to do is find the perfect place to hang it. While doorways are traditional, consider hanging your wreath indoors to maximize the scent benefits of having fresh greenery in your home. Pantry doors, closets, and even windows are excellent places to consider. Now you’re all set to enjoy your wreath for weeks.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Home for the Holidays Instagram Contest. Your images were incredible! A special congratulations to our winners @army_nhan and @fitgurlpriss (see their pictures below). We look forward to seeing you in 2020 for more Good Gathering events!