I’ve been funded by Kilkenny Leader Partnership to tutor two community gardens during this past year and we’ve just finished the morning classes on a very festive note. For two days I was surrounded by ivy and spruce, laurel and holly which the gardeners wove into willow wound hoops and decorated with seed heads and cones.
I wrote a post last week explaining how to make indoor festive flower arrangements but as the gardening jobs outdoors are coming to an end, it was lovely to share a natural craft skill with all the gardeners in both Callan and Goresbridge, demonstrating how to make door wreaths to hang outside.
The gardeners have foraged in their gardens and surrounding hedgerows and literally brought evergreens to the table. I wrote a step-by-step post a couple of years ago showing how to make the Christmas door wreaths that you can view here, but if you’re looking for some wreath making inspiration, take a look at some of the gardeners creations.
According to several on-line sources the tradition of Christmas door wreaths began hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, though in recent times its taken on religious connotations with the greens symbolising the strength of life and the reds Christ’s blood at crucifixion.
However, evergreens were used in ancient times by the Chinese, Jewish and Egyptians and in early Europe door wreaths were apparently used instead of door numbers. They were made with flowers and shrubs grown in each of the gardens so would, by nature, make each doorway different.
If you’re following any Autumn boards on Pinterest or american users of Instagram on your smartphones you may have noticed that door wreaths are often used to signify and celebrate the change in all the seasons with some beautiful creations decorating doors during Fall months in particular.
Are you a fan of door wreaths? There’s still lots of time to make your own Christmas wreaths if you like to hang something fresh and natural on your door. I find my own front door looks quite bare without one now and Christmas doesn’t begin without it.