A Garden Wreath
A Garden Wreath
Designed by Karen Hegre
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| This wreath as 21 different materials, but....you only need a few stems of each. For an option you can use a vine wreath and a more modest palette of materials. (See instructions at the end)
3 inches diameter terra-cotta pot and a 3 inch diameter watering can
10 inch diameter salal (lemonleaf) wreath ...or use a vine wreath
Spanish moss and sphagnum moss or sheet moss
1 small bunch of lavender
3 to 5 stems of each of the following;
dried larkspur in pink, white, mauve, light blue and dark blue. Lamb's-ears; purple globe amaranth; Australian ti tree, and red or purple dried roses with leaves.
3 to 5 stems each of maidenhair fern, emu grass, preserved boxwood and tree fern
2 stems each of red and burgundy cockscomb
3 clusters each of rose hips and pepperberries
2 dried pitcher plants (A swamp wildflower-optional)
Dried red peppers
Glue Styrofoam into the terra-cotta pot and the water can, using hotmelt. Attach the pot and the can to the lower right quadrant of the wreath, using floral wire and hotmelt. Hide the wire with Spanish moss and sphagnum moss, and glue sphagnum moss over the Styrofoam.
Insert the lavender and pink larkspur into the Styrofoam in the terra-cotta pot. Arrange the roses in the watering can, varying the height of the blossoms. Use the leaves, too, for a more natural effect.
Next, glue the maidenhair fern and emu grass behind the terra-cotta pot(you can wire stems of dried roadside grasses into a bundle, and use them instead.)
Working around the wreath in a clockwise direction, glue the remaining materials to the front and sides of the wreath. Cluster each type of flower or foliage, but stagger the individual stems within each cluster so they help lead the eye around the wreath.
Tuck the stems down into the salal leaves to hide the stem ends, and secure them with hotmelt.
Second versionGlue Spanish moss and salal leaves to a vine wreath. Use two terra-cotta pots filled with dried roses for the focal point. German statice and caspia provide fullness, and a few stems of stock, blue salvia, hydrangea, and larkspur add color.