This year inspired by several beautiful pictures of Christmas wreaths, especially by different people doing their own Christmas wreath, I took action and made our own as well. This is the first time I have made, or even had, a Christmas wreath. I wanted to be mindful about it, wanted to enjoy the process and, more important of wall, leave my usual perfectionism out of my mind.
Sunday morning after a calm breakfast as we all love in this house, despite the grey and wet weather, we headed outside to explore the small forest just outside of our house and picked fallen branches of pine.
Armed with all I needed, I got to work. As I had never made any wreath, and also didn’t really check any instructions on how to make one, I just followed my instinct. I started by bending a couple of the branches and wrapping them around with the brown cord I had with me, when I was almost reaching the end of these branches, I added a couple more locking them together with the same brown cord. I ended up with a somewhat circular wreath that I tried to shape a little better. To add some softness to the pine branches, I added some branches of a plant called kanerva in Finnish (don’t know the name in English) that I had around from Autumn. Every Autumn I buy some kanerva plants, I find them beautiful in white and dark pink colour, they are also rather resistant to the minus degrees some times felt in the Autumns nights.
Once the kanerva branches were added I hung it by our front door, leaving the welcome sign I have in the same place year-round in the centre of the wreath. Later on, I still added small lights around the wreath making it visible in the hours when it is dark outside, which is most of the time at this time of the year.
In the end I was happy to make something for the first time, something beautiful made with branches lying around in the forest ground that will now decorate our outside entrance during this magical time of the year. I enjoyed also photographing this process, gave me the opportunity to experiment with the camera and see the beauty in the small things. Make more of what makes you happy, more and more my motto.