Now that the holiday season is upon us, and I have finished my last final project, I am turning my attention towards decorating the house. About 5 years ago, we planted two grapevine plants next to our deck. Last year, we finally got grapes and harvested enough that I was able to make about 12 pints of jam.
Here’s a pic that shows my vines as the grapes were fully ripe. When the fall came, I decided to cut back some of the vines. I shaped the vines into a wreath and let it dry in the sun for a few weeks. This fall, I then decorated it with a harvest theme and lights.
Now that the holiday season is upon us, I decided to redecorate the wreath with a holiday theme.
Same wreath, I just utilized my creativity to repurpose it into a different design. Once the holidays are over, I am thinking I will redecorate it with a winter theme. This project got me thinking about the origins of the wreath, and how wreaths are created and used on a global scale.
My research revealed that in English speaking countries, wreaths are usually displayed as decoration. In ancient times, wreaths were often worn, especially in Greece and Rome and crafted of metals such as silver and gold. Wreaths have been worn as crowns, and used in funeral rituals. Wreaths are also prominent in ceremonies by either laying a wreath or casting one out onto water.
There are as many uses for a wreath as there are designs. How will you use your creativity to decorate with wreaths this year?