Wreath holds spirit of the gar­den

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A wreath for the Christ­mas sea­son is easy to make and makes a lovely heart-felt gift, too.

You could use grapevine twigs from win­ter prun­ing or other vines to en­twine to­gether and let dry for a more per­ma­nent wreath to dress up for var­i­ous cel­e­bra­tions, or make a news­pa­per- based wreath ma­te­ri­als.

But if you would like to fash­ion one for this Christ­mas, one way is to be­gin with news­pa­per, prefer­ably a few pages from a large daily broad­sheet, un­less you are mak­ing a small wreath then this pa­per will do nicely. Roll this up into a firm sausage shape and cir­cle around putting one end into the other to close the cir­cle. Medi­um­sized wire wound around the lot will keep it firmly in shape.

Gather gar­den green­ery from non­poi­sonous plants and herbs too. Poke th­ese be­neath the wire frame and fill gaps to


fresh cover the news­pa­per.

Col­lect pretty flow­ers that will last long­est and re­mem­ber weed flow­ers too, like clover and dan­de­lions, dock and seed grasses.

Spread th­ese around your wreath, aim­ing each stem in the same di­rec­tion.

A can­dle stood in the cen­tre will make it a gor­geous ta­ble cen­tre­piece. Just re­mem­ber not to leave the lit can­dle unat­tended.

The wreath can also be hung out­side and even dried for use another time.

If you wanted a less rus­tic- look­ing wreath, you could spray the whole thing with sil­ver or gold paint be­fore putting the flow­ers in and rib­bon on, us­ing a match­ing coloured rib­bon of course.

Kapiti Ob­server

DIY wreath: Pine for Euro­pean tra­di­tion, rose­mary for re­mem­brance and a mix of laven­der, co­rian­der, rose and dock flow­ers from the gar­den make this sim­ple wreath.

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