Natural Christmas Wreaths

Xmas WreathWhen all of the Christmas decorations around are encrusted with glitzy plastic bling its a huge relief to discover a way of bringing nature into the Xmas festivities. For our all-welsh Wreaths this year we wanted a traditionally constructed moss ring but decorated much less conventionally by using an asymmetric design of all natural materials.

Natural WreathThe beautiful silver-grey lichen we have growing throughout the woodlands at The Woodland Farm together with silvery bare beech stems make up half of our wreath and represent the icy cold of winter. On the other side we have springing-to-life branches of lush ivy in full flower with beautifully scented viburnum tinus adding a snow-like dusting at top and bottom. With a handful of blue hydrangea we saved from the first frosts the wreath is complete.

As this is our first Christmas at The Woodland Farm we thought it would be good to see what other people think of our ideas for a natural Christmas. Pembrokeshire Women’s Institute recently held a Christmas fair/coffee morning and we went along with our wreath representing The Rhos WI competing with other entries from across the county.

WI Christmas Wreath CompetitionWe were delighted when the public vote revealed that the people attending  fair loved our entry and we were amazed to come away with first prize! What a lovely Christmas present.

For ideas and designs to make more unconventional Christmas Wreaths try Martha Stewart’s Christmas – we love to browse these great designs and most are really simple to make. Buy bare wreath-wrings from your local florist or market trader.

The Pembrokeshire WI cup

 

Natural Wreaths, beech twigs and traditional moss and lichen-covered metal wreath rings will all be available to buy from The Woodland Farm by autumn 2014 for next Christmas