Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wreath Making 101.

A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine invited me over to his garage to teach me the art of making evergreen wreaths. He has been making them almost his entire life ... since before he was even school age. He told me stories of how during the holiday season he and his siblings were required to make 100 wreaths each before they could come in from school. His parents would sell them for 50 cents each by the side of the road, in order to help make ends meet. So, when this friend makes a wreath ... my oh my ... his hands work fast and furious ... and his wreaths look amazing. He makes it look WAY easier than it actually is (although truth be told, with a little practice, it is not a hard craft).

We gathered around a make shift table ... filled with hoops, evergreens and bundles of wire ... and went to work making wreaths ... while telling jokes ... gossiping ... and complimenting one another's work. Good Times.

I love the way my wreath came out, but had no plans to make another this season ... as what took my friend less than 10 minutes to make ... took me over an hour. But I think I have found a new holiday tradition ... and look forward to possibly making 2 next year :)

The top of the wreath got a little squashed in our last snow storm, but you get the idea ;) Of course it was absolutely glorious when it was freshly made.

Enjoy your holiday traditions ...


P.S. I found this great book for those of you who want to try your hand at wreath making as well. I think I am going to pick up this book too, so that I can make wreaths year round.

1 comment:

Alexis said...

What fun that would be! Ah, maybe next year...