12.07.2013

will it fall out?

Last summer I made a living wreath out of 80 succulent cuttings, it hung on the side of our shed. I enjoyed watching it grow and begin to fill out. In November, I took it down for the winter. I am attempting to overwinter it outside until spring, hoping at least some plants will make it through the winter...




...for the past month, I've been looking at that bare spot and thinking I should really make a winter wreath. Something inexpensive, that can take our harsh WI weather. Evergreens wreaths are the obvious choice, but I'm no Martha Stewart. I decided on a grapevine wreath. I figured they come from nature, and don't cost a lot. I let the idea ferment in my head for a while...

...with coupon's in hand, I found a pre-made grapevine wreath and picked up a few cheap-o decorations. I intended to make this winter wreath using all natural decor, but after walking my frozen gardens I realized I don't grow much that could be used. I looked into buying natural dried decor, holy cow do they charge a lot per stem! I made my wreath for less then five dollars, but its worth a lot more then that to me...

...I coated one of Harmony's old shoes with a light sparkle clear lacquer that I had, repurposed some old "berries" I saved years ago, secured them together, and whalaa - my homemade winter wreath:










I've become rather fond of it, and hung it on my front door instead of the shed outside. So much for filling that bare spot on the shed wall!! 

I like things slightly off center, and tipped the horseshoe. I wasn't even thinking about all the superstition that surrounds them...until my hubby teased that now all our good luck was going to spill out! I believe a horseshoe is tipped so it can catch good luck. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, unless bad things start happening...

9 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

I love your wreath! I think the horseshoe tipped will catch all the good luck for you so stick to your story.

As for the shed, well I'm no decorator either, but a cheap natural wreath can be made from pine cones. You can find them all over. Just get a form and stick them on. I'm sure there's instructions on the internet somewhere. I only thought of this because my aunt used to make them every season.

aurora said...

Thanks Grey Horse! I gathered a bunch of wreath examples that I liked, before settling on a simple grapevine wreath. One of them was a pinecone wreath, I may take you up on your suggestion :)

Dreaming said...

I like your story as much as I like your wreath. It is beautiful. You did a great job - Martha Stewart or not!

aurora said...

Thanks Dreamin' I'm not very crafty, but had a lot of fun with both these projects!!

C-ingspots said...

I like it - a lot! I enjoy things a bit off-center too. :)
I made our Christmas wreath last night out of evergreens, pine cones, holly and moss that I collected on one of my noontime walks last week. I used the bow I'd made last year and the same wreath base that I've been using for many years. So, it cost me nothing! I even had enough leftover greens to make a basket arrangement for the front porch. I've wanted to make a succulent wreath for a long time. What type of base did you use? I love it!!!

aurora said...

You're wreath sounds lovely Lorie! I used a wire frame for the succulent wreath base. I bought it many years ago at a garden center, it's deeper then the one's I've see at craft stores.

Shirley said...

I really like your living wreath - I might just have to try that next year and see if I can get Janice to make some, she is much more creative with plants than I am.
I use a grapevine wreath form too- haven't made mine yet, guess I'd better get on it! I made one once out of an old lariat, I really liked it and would do it again if I had another old lariat.

Corinna Charlton said...

Beautiful! I've never seen a succulent wreath, and I love succulents! (So water-friendly in parched California)

aurora said...

Never thought of using an old lariat, great idea Shirley, might have to borrow it! I suppose anything that can be formed & sustain into a shape would work. Now I wish we would have kept our old one!

Corinna I think living wreaths would work better in CA's climate. I hung mine in bright shade, out of direct sun, and soaked it once a week. We are on a hill & really windy, they could probably go longer in a different location and with more established plants. Plus, you have a ton of colorful succulent options not hardy in our zone. Lucky you!