There is nothing better than creating a colorful and beautifully textured table-top wreath from your own garden! It is surprisingly easy and inexpensive. All you need to assemble it is an 8 inch oasis ring, good sharp clippers, and green florist picks.
The natural materials can be gathered from your garden or a friendly neighbor’s, augmented with fresh vegetables from the super market. Embellish the natural green wreath base with cut flowers from a florist. The wreath will keep for weeks with regular misting or soaking of the oasis ring and greens. As a final step, elevate the wreath and add a hurricane globe and candles.
Once Thanksgiving is over, set the wreath in a cool place, not freezing, and bring it back in at Christmas and add seasonal naturals such as roses, pomegranates, and red carnations. Even a small birds nest or snowmen would add a nice touch!
Place oasis ring in warm water and soak for 30 minutes until heavy.
Take a chenille strip and wrap it around the wreath base with a loop for hanging. You only need to do this step if you plan on hanging it.
After removing the oasis wreath and draining any excess water, place the wreath on a flat surface and lay out your materials. Have ready clippers, evergreen materials, fresh flowers, vegetables and picks. All your veggies can be ‘picked in’ with green sticks from the florist or just use sharp twigs broken off of your evergreens.
Here is a list of suggested materials. Just explore your yard or the woods and you can find many others to make it more interesting.
EvergreensAucuba Rhododendron Cherry Laurel False Cypress Juniper Nandina Andromeda Boxwood Pachysandra Hellebores Pine Oakleaf Hydrangea
VegetablesBrussel Sprouts Lady Apples Cabbage Lemons Limes Artichokes Broccoli Small Pumpkins Gourds Grapes Radishes Turnips
Berries and FlowersGerber Daisys Mums Winterberry Beauty Berry Sunflower Wax Flower Lilies Grapvine tendrils Roses Hydrangeas Bittersweet Lotus Pods Pine Cones Pepper Berries
Place your oasis on a large plate so that the water doesn’t leak all over your table. Start taking small pieces of evergreens and sticking them into the oasis, starting on the outside edges and moving towards the center, covering most of the ring. You don’t have to completely cover the oasis as you will be inserting berries, pods, and flowers next that will fill in the holes.
After you finish greening your wreath, the fun begins! Use your imagination and insert berries, pods, and fresh cut flowers directly into the oasis, and attaching picks to the cones and fruit. Just keep in mind that anything that needs to drink water insert directly into the water-logged oasis. Later, you can change the flowers out as needed and transform the whole color combination without disturbing the base.
Once completed, your wreath is ready to be placed on your holiday table. You can place the wreath on top of a sturdy candlestick to raise it up off the table and make it more dramatic. I like to place a hurricane globe in the middle to burn a candle or place individual tapers around the wreath to make it more like an advent wreath.
Remember to stick your finger into the oasis to see if it is still moist so that all the plant material stays fresh. With proper care, you can keep it looking fresh for weeks through Christmas! These wreaths are great for the winter holidays as well as spring time. For Easter, you could do one in ferny greens and add eggs and pastel flowers, like lilies, tulips, daffodils, and roses.
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