Published July 19, 2012
This is the time of year to really appreciate all the beautiful fall colours that surround us. As the last of our flowers in the garden start to fade, we begin to think about the bulbs we would like to plant for next spring. Its always nice to admire the warm autumn hues of the tree leaves as they fall to the ground and perhaps bring a bunch inside before the cold sets in.
One way to make late blooming hydrangea heads last a little longer is to use them in a pretty wreath for your front door. Believe it or not these wreaths are easy to make and take only a short time to assemble. They make beautiful gifts as well.
- 1 16″ grapevine wreath
- 2 bunches of freshly clipped salal (available at grocery stores and floral shops)
- 5-6 large hydrangea heads
- Fresh or artificial fruit
- Moss and twigs
- Sharp pruning shears or scissors
I like to use fresh figs and plums in a wreath at this time of year. But it may not be a favorite for some as they can attract birds and other wildlife. If this is a concern then there are many artificial varieties of fruit on the store shelves that will look as pretty.
Start by inserting the salal stems into the wreath. For the nicest effect work in a clockwise direction until the wreath is completely covered. Be sure to fill in the sides as well.
Next, insert your larger items such as the large hydrangea heads and fruit. The heavier pieces of fruit should be secured with wire if possible so as to avoid falling out of the wreath once it is hung.
Finally, add the smaller decorative pieces such as moss, twigs and other small flowers. To lengthen the life of the wreath it’s nice to add a few artificial items that will add colour and texture to the salal leaves.
Over time the leaves will dry on the wreath and you are able to simply replace the fruit and flowers over the 2-3 week period.
Once the wreath is complete, secure a wire at the top, back section for hanging. Place your wreath on your front door or side wall outside.