Wreath making

Wreath making is one of the simplest crafts you can undertake. How a wreath is made reflects the creative style and personality of its maker. Personalized interpretations of wreath designs found in books and other sources make this an exciting hobby.

Wreaths & bouquets
Paula Pryke ; photography by Sarah Cuttle.
New York : Rizzoli, 2008.
Master designer and author of over seven bestselling books, Paula Pryke shares her experience in planning floral displays and accents to set the tone for any event or special occasion. This book emphasizes wreaths and bouquets, but also includes other floral accessories that add a special decorative touch. From making grand statements with massed flowers to thoughtful touches like garlands for mantles or swags for banisters, Pryke covers all the details of decorating with flowers. She discusses both foam and wire-based wreaths, and explores the pros and cons of each depending upon the ornaments used and whether a wreath is meant to last a season rather than just an evening. Also included are centerpieces as well as small posies to be used with table settings. Signature concepts are explored, such as using unusual containers and unexpected accessories like candles. Pryke demystifies the technique of combining colors, textures, and architectural forms and discusses different types of flowers, foliage, and even fruit. Packed with ideas, skills, and techniques, this book is replete with inspiring yet achievable designs for both novices and seasoned floral artists alike.
Make it in minutes. Wreaths
Taylor Hagerty.
New York : Lark Books, c2008.
Includes index.
Wreaths and wall flowers : gorgeous decorations with silk and dried flowers
by Ardith Beveridge.
Chanhassen, Minn. : Creative Pub., 2006.
Easy wreaths : 50 ideas for every season.
New York : Sixth&Spring Books, c2005.
Wreaths aren't just for Christmas anymore--with "Family Circle's clever and eye-catching ideas, they make great year-round decorations. The magazine is a popular leader in home decor projects, and these 50 wreaths for every season and holidays too reveal why: from berries and ivy to beads and small stuffed animals, the attractive adornments are sure to please. Craft a Welcome Ring that features a simple bouquet of pink flowers tied on a grapevine base; it adds the perfect touch to a guest room. Branches in Bloom captures the joy of springtime, with its bright blossoms, faux eggs, Spanish moss, gold paint, and ribbon. Hang it on a door, window, or front porch. Each project features detailed instructions and color illustrations.
Wreathmaking for the first time
Pat Poce & Deon Gooch.
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., c2004.
Wreaths for the holidays, wreaths for the corner, wreaths that accent a mirror: whatever wreath you want to make, just ask “how?” and here’s the answer. Open the covers, and inside this very basic primer you’ll find a cornucopia of exquisite ideas that anyone can master, from simple wreaths that use a pre-made straw form to ones that incorporate interesting found objects. A general section on the fundamentals will get you started; then start crafting some basic designs, including wreaths made with pussy willows or snake grass, a Vertical Wall Festoon, and a Japanese River Cane or Oriental Bamboo Wreath. Hang the Spring Wreath outside, or go Western with a wreath fashioned out of rope. A gallery showcases beautiful examples of the craft.
Making classic wreaths : designing & creating for all occasions
Ed Smith.
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., c2004.
Wreaths make stunning decorative focal points, whether as wall hangings or table centerpieces. These beautifully designed projects, created using a variety of fresh, silk, and dried materials, will add charm to your home. A wreath embellished with fresh lemons and foliage will enliven any kitchen, for example, while a table display crafted from pretty seashells, flowers, and greenery will look spectacular in the dining room. From an "Exotic Orchid Wreath" to an "Autumn Harvest Wreath," you can make these lovely projects by following professional techniques and tips. Book jacket.

Wreaths have been used for celebrations and decorations in ancient Persian and Greek cultures. The Greeks  called wreaths "diadems," from the Greek word "diadema" which means "a thing bound around."  Wreaths made of olive leaves were used as prizes during the Greek Olympics. The olive leaf is treated as a peace symbol.

Every wreath must begin with a base. However, the type, style, size, shape, and cost all depend on the person who creates them.  Common wreath bases used include: Foam, wire, straw, vines, moss, evergreens, herbs, and cinnamon. Floral pins are used to secure them in place.

Plants are a natural choice on wreaths. They may be held in place on a wreath using floral pins and tape.

Wreath-making tips

Attach materials at an angle

Glue items at different depths in the background material

Let flower materials and ribbons spill over the confines of the base

Balance large objects on one side of a wreath with smaller items on the opposite side

(from Complete book of wreaths, by C. Rankin)

Ribbons, styrofoam fruit, bead strings, when added to a wreath, can make it very attractive. Glue guns can be used to secure loose objects, such as red holly berries, on a wreath. With small children try to use only edible fruits and berries when decorating your wreath.

Paint sprays may be used to add a uniform colour to a wreath. For example, spraying fruit gold will create a richness for a home or office.

Do not forget to consider using different shapes for your wreath base. Although wreaths are well known for their round shapes, heart shaped wreaths also are very  popular. Unique wreaths come in all shapes and sizes.

Start gathering materials to reflect your interests and create your a beautiful wreath for your door or walls.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff