ISSUE 50  |  Saint Lucia

DIY: Simple Advent Wreaths Made from Foraged Flora

December 14, 2012 12:00 PM

BY Justine Hand

Every year I admire the simple warmth of my clever friend's advent wreath; so much so that this year I was inspired to make my own. Of course, being an avid forager, I had to experiment.

Above: To make the wreath, I simply bent the branches, secured them with floral wire, tied a ribbon around the branches, and clipped on the candle holders. Once I had collected all the materials, the whole thing took about 10 minutes to make!

Above: I used rose hips, larch, grape vine, and a little bit of hemlock from my yard.

Above: Advent candles and clip-on holders are readily available online. I got mine in very good time from Ingebretsen; $9.50 for a pack of ten in either gold or silver.

Above: I knew when I started this project that I wanted to use grape vines. All those curlicues add a touch of unexpected whimsy.

Above: For a contemporary look, I chose an Italian cotton ribbon in chartreuse from Angela Liguori; $10 for five yards or $36 for 44 yards.

Above: Just a bit of greenery on the grape vine wreath adds to the holiday feel.

Above: The warm tones of the larch wreath add a nice contrast to my Gustavian Gray walls (actually Farrow and Ball's Cornforth White.)

Above: Here, instead of ribbon, I chose silver wire, which complements the delicate tendrils of the grape vine.

Above: A detail of the lovely larch. Despite the lithe silhouette, my wreaths were surprisingly sturdy. I like the wonky effect of the natural boughs, but for extra security, you can also use an advent wreath frame such as the ones at Wilson Evergreens; $8.

Above: My rose hip wreath adds the finishing touch to the holiday table.

N.B.: For another of Justine's DIY holiday projects, see DIY: Gilded Holiday Decor.

Looking for more holiday inspiration? See these DIY videos to learn how to make your own garland and holiday wreath.