A Transitional Wreath
November 8, 2009
I’m completely over Halloween, however I’m still loving the all of the autumn hues. I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the warm spice colors of fall, yet I confess I’m definitely getting in the mood for Christmas. I find myself in a flux, and somewhat in transition.
It feels wrong to cheat Thanksgiving and jump right into Christmas. Here in America, Thanksgiving deserves its place in the spotlight. The history, the traditions, the family gatherings, the feast ! Thanksgiving is so heartfelt, so family focused, and so patriotic.
But I can’t help but be influenced by the beauty of Christmas that is everywhere, especially in magazines and in retail stores. After all, Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. I object to the holiday’s decor coming out in September – that is ridiculous. However, I do enjoy the glimpse of sparkle of the Christmas season, even in early November.
When I spied a crimson wreath in the Crate and Barrel holiday catalog, I wanted to make my own version, just not with crimson colors. Rather, I wanted a wreath in green tones that I could confidently display in November, but also one that would also carry me through until mid December. So I came up with my own version of a transitional wreath. Acceptable for November, yet festive enough for December.
This hydrangea wreath was extremely easy to make. And mine (hush hush) was less expensive than the Crate + Barrel crimson version.
Hey Crate + Barrel, remember this. Imitation is the best form of flattery.
All of my supplies were found at Michael’s. I used an 18” wire wreath, ten hydrangea blooms on sale, two eucalyptus blooms on sale, a whimsical fall butterfly, some ribbon, wire cutters, and some floral wire.
First, cut your hydrangea blooms with your wire cutters, then use your floral wire to secure them to your wire wreath.
Then, clip the leaves and use them to hide any bare spots in your wreath. Weave them through the wires to camouflage any visible wire. Secure with more floral wire.
In my case, I inserted some lifelike silver drop eucalyptus for additional texture.
Then I also added the fall butterfly in the autumn colors for a nod to November.
It blends well with the embellished candle globes suspended on the front porch, and still leftover from our Halloween decor.
Even the fall garland coordinates with the new wreath.
After Thanksgiving, I think I’ll remove the butterfly, and enhance with some glass ornaments.
This transitional wreath still reminds me of fall, but also welcomes the winter holiday season.
C+B’s version costs $60 dollars plus shipping. Mine was $45.00 dollars.
What about you? Do you have the same dilemma this time of year ? Are you itching to decorate for Christmas or Hanukkah ? Or are you far more patient than me, simply ignoring the Christmas holiday until after Thanksgiving ?