Ever since the
ancient Greeks honored their
heroes with crowns of laurel, wreaths have been a favorite form of
decoration. More recently, the wreath has become a traditional
symbol of welcome during the holidays,
and increasingly, all year long.
|Types of Wreaths
popular outdoor wreath
is the holiday door wreath, usually made from evergreen branches and
decorated with sturdy elements that can withstand winter weather.
the environment where your wreath will be place. Avoid placing a
delicately assembled floral wreath in a
location exposed to high winds, or one accented with fabric
bows in a
wreaths, balsam fir or
evergreen tips will tolerate the weather well without
to a wreath should be affixed with wire or a similarly strong method. A
small dab of glue from a hot glue gun or a thin piece of thread will
never sufficiently attach decorations for an outdoor wreath.
Wreaths are produced by hand either with or without the use of a
wreath-making machine. Simple wreathing machines consist of a
foot-operated device that clamps greenery into the wreath frame or
ring. Simple wreath-making machines cost $150 to $200.
The cost of wreath rings varies depending on diameter width; 10-inch
frames (which yield a 16- to 18-inch finished wreath) cost about $1 per
unit. Each wreath takes about 6
pounds of tips.
Balsam fir wreaths consist of tips, a metal ring and wire. A wreath is
assembled by attaching bunches of tips to a ring. These bunches are
held to the ring with the wire. The University
of Maine Cooperative Extension Bulletin #7012
instructions are for making
double-faced wreaths (wreaths with tip bunches attached to both sides).
Single-faced wreaths are made the same way as double-faced wreaths,
except tip bunches are attached only on one side. Wreath making methods
may vary slightly, depending on the wreath producer.
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Holiday
from the wreathmaker
a pumpkin wreath
Wreath Making Machine
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