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I Love This and That: festive wreath

Thursday, December 8, 2011

festive wreath

Wreaths are one of the most popular decorations used over the Christmas period.  You’ll see them used in many different ways.  They are commonly used on the stairway, hanging on the walls and doors, or they can even be used as a centrepiece on a table.  These wreaths just cheer things up and get you into the festive spirit.  

They are easy to make and you can keep them to make something different every other year :-) 

FYI: The history behind wreaths dates back thousands of years and much of the symbolism lies with Greek mythology, Roman tradition with the present day usages being foacused on Advent and for festive decor.  
In the Greco-Roman world, wreaths were used as an adornment that could represent a person's occupation, rank, their achievements and status.  The wreath that was commonly used was the laurel wreath.  The use of this wreath arose from the Greek myth involving Apollo, Zeus' son and the god of life and light, who fell in love with the nymph Daphne.  When he pursued her she feld and asked the river god Peneus to help her, in which Peneus turned her into a laurel tree.  From that day forth, Apollo wore a wreath of laurel on his head.  This is because associated with what Apollo embodied; victory, achievement and status and would later become one of the most commonly used symbols to address achievements throughout Greece and Rome. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreath)

What you need:
a wreath (You can use the wreath we made on 22 September 2011 (http://ilovethisandthat.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-vineyard.html) or you can buy one from your local florist.)

pieces of off cut material to suit the occasion (about 2cm x 20cm) 

Take the pieces of material and just simply tie it around the wreath... untill you have the desired look.

And then hang it on the door with one of the ends of material, using a small nail or thumbnail.

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