How To: Create a Living Wreath

A few weeks ago I got an email from the ladies behind Patience Brewster,  a designer of unique Christmas ornaments, challenging me to create a wreath that could be used and enjoyed year-round.    Since my front door was a blank slate (I threw out my poor dying boxwood wreath a few weeks ago) I thought it would be fun to come up with something new.  I prefer wreaths that are made out of living materials or things that used to be alive, rather than faux plants, and I’ve always wanted to make a living wreath, so that’s what I decided to do!

I spent lots of time looking for wreath ideas, but couldn’t come up with a good solution to use as the base of the wreath, until I stumbled on this wreath from  Amazon.

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It’s originally used to hold peanuts for animals, but, I thought it would be the perfect thing to hold plants.  The steps I used to create the wreath are below, but here are a few additional tips:

1.  Don’t fill every space with plants…leave empty space for them to grow and spread.  I interspersed some ivy around the wreath hoping it winds itself around the plants and fills in the gaps.  I can’t wait to see it in a few months when everything is (fingers-crossed) thriving and happy.

2.  I hung the wreath up to take photos, but took it back down to let it lie flat for a few weeks so the roots can take hold.  Even though I wired everything in place it still felt a little wobbly, so I am going to give it some time.

3.  I was planning this for my front door, but I’m not sure it can take the daily abuse from constantly being slammed shut (kids!).  So I’m going to actually hang it somewhere more out-of-the-way in my backyard garden.

4.  Choose plants that will work in the same type of lighting.  If you have a sunny spot to hang the wreath try succulents or small annual flowers. If your spot it shady like mine stick with ferns and other low-light loving plants…I bought most of my plants from the houseplant section of Home Depot.

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While this particular plant arrangement won’t last all year I can see wreath based filled with pine cones in the fall and wrapped in lights for holiday season. We’ll see how inspiration strikes!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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