The day before, we go out into the rain forests and gather all kinds of ferns, leaves and plants to make the wreaths. Some ladies bring things they have growing in their yards. All the gathered pieces are piled on a tarp and everyone takes whatever they are going to use and away we go!
The variety of things to use are beautiful, so many different possibilities of what type of wreath you can make! We start with a straw wreath form from the craft store and wreath pins. Take your piece of plant , lay it on the form closest to the center inside edge that will show, and tack it down with the pin. Continue laying more pieces overlapping them at the stems that are showing. (Each person may start in a different place depending on their own technique...) When you complete the circle, you start again laying pieces closest to the ones already tacked down and repeat the process.
The patterns and designs are so beautiful! Endless ways to be creative and have a beautiful decoration for your home. Here are some of the wonderful wreaths that were made.
Here are the two wreaths that I did. I always make one for around a a large candle. I love to use it for a centerpiece on my coffee table. The other is hung outside our front door. They are so fun to make and have become an important tradition of my holiday season. Sharing a day with friends doing a wonderful craft I love is the best way to start my Christmas season!