Ever since I was in elementary school, I loved taking a trip to Colonial Williamsburg (CW) around the holidays for two very important things that have created traditions lasting all these years: gingerbread & Christmas wreaths. I figure I can't be the only one who loves their decorations, so up today are my favorite wreaths from this years pilgrimage, along with a few tips to create your own.
CW was restored and continues to be maintained as a historic site thanks the the Rockefeller family. Yeah those Rockefellers - with the big tree in New York. They must have a thing for evergreens. Back in the 1700s, the homes in the town weren't decorated with greens & natural ingredients like these wreaths. That tradition started in the 1930's as a way to attract visitors to the site. And now that I've ruined all the illusion....
Consider this your warning that there are entirely too many pictures in this post. Disclaimer: I don't care. There were too many ideas on these wreaths to leave any out - trust me, I skipped over more than a few handfuls of excellent ones! I'll highlight in the captions why I love each one.
For years I've had aspirations of drying out fruit myself and making my own wreath. And finally this year I woke up, realized I don't have unlimited time, and IT'S OK TO CUT CORNERS. Can I get an amen on that one? I can still do-it-myself if I buy all the parts and put it together. Don't make something harder than it has to be!
So here was my first (not nearly as beautiful as CW's, but made with as much heart!) attempt at a natural wreath.
I bought dried limes and orange slices last year during my visit to use in my wreath - you can see the lineup of products they have in their garden shop to take home and use to DIY your own! I bought red peppers and cotton to use with my leftover fruits in next years wreath.
If you ever get a chance to visit CW around the holidays, be sure you take the Christmas Decorations walking tour. It takes about an hour and you get to see the finest wreaths that year, including those that won in various categories. It's worth the extra ticket (PS - they usually sell out so reserve a time before you leave home)!
Happy wreath making - I'd love to see if you make your own - comment with a link to your picture or email it to me & I'll update the post to share your great examples!