There are several schools of thought on the history of the humble wreath. From the ancient Greeks and Romans using them to symbolise status and victories to the Pagans and Christians making wreaths to symbolise the changing seasons and Advent. Most nowadays are simply a festive decoration, a simple and visual reminder that Winter and Christmas are upon us.
Inspired by the rather lovely wreaths which have been popping up all over Instagram in the last week or so I decided to try my hand at making my own.
For the base I used a circle wreath of honeysuckle vines I cut from the garden earlier this year and then collected some items from around the house
silver birch stars
Using no skill whatsoever, I just interwove the eucalyptus and pussy willow in to the honeysuckle wreath, both are rather flexible and easy to slot in to gaps in the wreath.
The pinecones I attached using a hot glue gun, the stars were slotted in to gaps between the wreath, eucalyptus and pussy willow and the bells with a piece of twisted wire.
All in all it took less than 5 minutes and didn’t turn out too shabby.
It was only after making the wreath that I discovered there is a whole bunch of symbolism attached to the items I used to make my wreath.
Honeysuckle vines for the wreath – Signifies happiness and fraternal affection.
Silver birch stars – Silver birch trees around the world symbolise renewal and protection whilst a star symbolises good luck.
Rusty bells – Bells have long been a symbol of protection, the ringing chimes used to ward off evil.
Mini pinecones – Pinecones are symbolic of long life and prosperity, as well as a symbol for good health and protection.
Eucalyptus – Besides smelling amazing, eucalyptus is a symbol of healing and protection.
Pussy willow – The pussy willow symbolises good will and motherhood and represent protection for the home.
I realise that symbolism it totally subjective, but I do rather like the connotations which go with the items I chose for my wreath, now I just need to find the perfect place for it.