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Wreaths have a long and interesting history. The ancient Athenians wore violet wreaths when imbibing believing the flower’s natural powers would ward off drunkenness. The Greeks also gave winners at the Olympic games a wreath of laurel leaves, which lead to our modern saying don’t rest on your laurels!‚ Romans used wreaths to symbolize success, and in China wreaths were used to represent long life and even immortality.


Modern crafters have tapped into this tradition most notably during the fall and winter holiday season. There’s nothing quite so playful and visually appealing than a cornucopia of herbs and seasonal leaves decorating your door for Thanksgiving. Likewise herbs intertwined with red, green, silver and gold ribbons make a great decorating addition to the Christmas kitchen. Better still, this second wreath has a function ‚ providing fresh dried herbs for cooking.

In making your own, I recommend buying a wreath base in the shape and material you personally like. While making your own frame can be very rewarding, it can also take up a lot of time (something that’s often in short supply when trying to entertain guests!). Once you‚ve chosen a frame, think a little about color and the overall finished look you want. Sometimes I sketch out a few patterns before trying to decorate. Other times I just have fun and see what develops!

Once you practice a pretty wreath will take you about two hours to make (if we‚re talking about a 10‚ wreath). Begin with plants that have sturdy stems. For a non-edible wreath cedar and pine are two examples. For the kitchen wreath, think about rosemary and lavender. Be mindful of placing the stems into your base in such a way that the herbs are pointed in the same direction. Then, as you make your way around the circle, they create a wave of layers.

(Incidentally for those of you who don’t grow your own herbs or essential oils,Country Cottage Works Has remarkable ones quite inexpensively to order.

To that first layer, add lighter herbs. Thyme, bay, mint leaf, oregano and savory are all good choices. If you want, you can intersperse some whole garlic bulbs too (these look somewhat like a white flower in the middle of the greenery). I usually secure everything in my herb wreaths with thin floral wire. It can”t be seen, but doesn”t taint the herbs with glue (especially important for culinary wreaths). Don”t be afraid of over-filling the wreath. The more your herbs dry, the more they shrink, so a tight weave is great. Also when you‚re done you can twist and turn a wired ribbon into the blend, which will neatly give you a way to hang the wreath when you‚re done.

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