Good evening, little elves!
Today was spent ripping open a huge and heavy package of spring bulbs and getting the first batch in the ground. Yippee! As if a box full of bareroot roses wasn’t good enough, two crates full of tulips and daffodils really put me in seventh heaven. I’ll give you a play-by-play post soon, but as the weekend quickly approaches, I figured I shouldn’t bore you with any more weather updates or garden tasks… why don’t we put together another upcycled natural wreath instead?
Possibly you’re planning on embarking upon little bit of foraging fun this weekend? A forest adventure, perhaps? Maybe this project is right up your alley? Well, should you happen to come across some fallen branches with peeling bark, or, like me, have a dead plum tree solemnly standing in your garden, you’re in luck!
Most trees rely on their layers of bark in order to survive, so make sure to use only materials sourced from definitely dead wood… bring a stethoscope if you must. Our poor tree has been dead for quite some time, but I can’t yet bring myself to cut down the scrawny, leafless branches.
Inspired by the vibrant green lichen opportunistically growing atop the peeling bark, I decided to strip off several sections in order to put together another indoor wreath.
Warning! Lots of tiny critters came crawling out from the bark, so this might be a project you’ll want to do outside. If you’ve been foraging before, then you are probably already aware of the creepy crawlies that can (quite literally) come out of the woodwork.
Using another 20 cm straw wreath frame, I arranged the sections of bark along the circle before attaching them permanently. First I tried to use a glue gun, but it wasn’t strong enough to secure the dirty backing of the bark to the frame. Instead, I took my trusted floral wire and carefully wrapped the spool around and around until all of the pieces of bark were firmly attached. To finish things off, I used several small clumps of (non-foraged) decorative moss to fill in any “bald” spots.
And there you have it! A wonderfully rustic yet seasonally-appropriate bit of holiday wall decor! The best part about most of these wreaths is that you can keep them on display throughout the rest of the year. To me, the rustic beauty of natural home decor never goes out of style ;)
In case you’re wondering what the heck I’m going to do with all of these wreaths… just you wait. I’ve got a fun idea planned, but there is still another wreath or two in the works before the final vision is ready for the grand reveal.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and I can’t wait to see you again on Monday!