A living wreath
I think out of all the months December is the time when people really love taking pictures of their home. Christmas decorating brings out the inner child and creativity and, let's face it, at least for me, it will probably be the only time this year when the whole house will look tidy - not just my little 'Instagram corner'.
However, far from doing an indoors shot I decided that for this month's #stylingtheseasons project I am going to give my front door a 'winter makeover', with an alternative wreath. I'm still very much a novice at this, but I find it a very absorbing and relaxing activity, just the antidote to the chaos of frenzied Christmas activity, when I was making like a crazy lady and attending fairs, Christmas parties and generally catching up with people, whilst trying to get all the festive jobs done too. This is my third wreath ever, my first and second ones (which was also a #stylingtheseasonsatmine project can be seen here and here).
I know that for most people it is the tree which gets them properly excited for Christmas. I love my tree too - but that is more of a family affair - dusting off the handmade decorations; placing each one on with my children so it becomes a celebration of us as a family (including all the little personalised decorations that I have made). But the WREATH - it's all mine! :)
Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I am a big fan of plants. So I knew for ages that the wreath I wanted to make this year would be a living wreath, and this week, already I've seen some amazing examples, including Katy's (from @apartmentapothecary) and @needlesandleaves.
My friend that I do all my creative projects with came over at the weekend, and we had such fun together- prepping all the baby succulents. Gently teasing off the soil and then inserting them into the moss covered frames. I bought a tray from the Curious Plant Company and I'm going to be recycling these buddies all year round, so it was a little investment to buy a tray of baby succulents.
For my wreath I had a hero succulent which I wrapped in moss placed and then I started to build the design by slowly adding the others.
In hindsight it is easier to use the open frames if you are adding a plant with roots but I wasn't sure I would have enough succulents to go all the way round, and I had an idea that I wanted to do an assymetrical, minimal wreath too.
Mine is one top and my friend's is below. I finished mine off by adding my favourite winter flower - wax flower! And my friend added a few foraged leaves and some Eucalyptus leaves to hers.
I also did a bit of research on why people make wreaths at this time of the year. As well as being a symbol for Christians the wreath is also a symbol of life overcoming the forces of winter. I quite like the idea that this wreath is actually living and will be some living green through the dullest and darkest months of January and February. Just a weekly spray to keep the soil moist will ensure these little buddies continue to thrive.
#stylingtheseasons is a monthly project hosted by @lottsandlots and @apartmentapothecary for people to re-style a surface of their home and talk about what that month means to them.
By the way... if you like succulents as much as I do, I am selling baby ones in planters in my etsy shop.
Merry Christmas everyone - hope it's a green and fun one. xx
Hi! I'm a ceramicist, based in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Combining beauty and function my porcelain vessels are everyday objects you'll want to treasure. My work is slip-cast and wheel-thrown.