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Did you know that a wreath with holly, red berries and other decorations is at least as old as the 1600s? These easy tips for a natural Christmas wreath will get you started. This post is sponsored by Flonase® Allergy Relief.
Easy Tips for a Natural Christmas Wreath
Every year, I have a Christmas wreath on our front door and every year I have purchased one. I’ve always wondered how difficult it was to actually make your own, and this year I decided to find out.
I really prefer having a natural Christmas wreath so the first step was a walk in the woods to gather greenery. This is the time of year when my allergies are at their worst. While I have allergies year-round, all the leaves decaying on the ground really bother me. I’m not letting that stop me, of course, I love being outside.
According to Flonase.com “Mold allergies can affect us all year long and bring on nasal allergy symptoms like nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, and itchy, watery eyes.”
Piles of rotting leaves provide the ideal conditions for mold to thrive. And unlike pollen, which is killed with the first frost, leaf mold goes dormant in the winter but begins growing as soon as the weather warms up in the spring.”
How do you make a wreath?
This really is super easy. You can start with a wireframe – even something like a clothes hanger bent into a circle would work. I went with a wreath frame from the craft store because I don’t use wire hangers.
What type of greenery do I use for my wreath?
Then you need LOTS of greenery. Frazer, Douglas, balsam or other types of first work. Don’t be afraid to mix a few different types of greens if you have them. Cut the greens if necessary to get them to fit correctly on your frame.
Connecting the pine boughs
My frame comes with ties to hold the branches. If yours does not, you will need to get crafting wire or floral wire. Choose wire that is green to match your branches. Just tie the branches on randomly so they look about like they go around the frame. You may want to wear gloves if you have sensitive skin. You can help them stay a bit with hot glue if you want to. Just keep adding more branches until the frame is as full as you like.
Best decorations for making a wreath
Once it looks the way you want it to, you can add decorations. I’m very much into simple so I went with one large pine cone and a few jingle bells. You can attach a bow or ornaments or whatever you want to. Just use your hot glue gun to attach any extras.
If you don’t have a wreath form, check out these simple tips to make a wreath without a wreath form.
How do you care for a real Christmas wreath?
Your wreath will last longer if it is not in direct sunlight. If possible, put it on a door that does not get a lot of direct sun. And, it’s best to keep it cool and moist. If it’s wintertime in your area, that should not be a problem. If it’s particularly dry, you can mist it with water in a spray bottle.
How long will a fresh Christmas wreath last?
If you care for it properly, a fresh Christmas wreath should last about three weeks. If you purchase it in the early to mid part of December, there should not be a problem having it last through the holidays.
I have too much to do this holiday season to be stopped by my allergies. Christmas will be here before you know it and I have so much shopping, crafting and baking that needs to be done that I don’t have time to slow down. This wreath turned out so well that I think I’m going to make one for my parents. I don’t need to worry because FLONASE® Allergy Relief lets me be greater than my allergies so I can make this a Christmas to truly remember. FLONASE® Allergy Relief provides 24-hour relief of nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, and itchy, watery eyes.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.