Around where I live in Ontario, we have lots of dogwood shrubs. They are easily identifiable during this time when they have lost their foliage. They have beautiful vibrant red sticks.
Dogwood sticks are ideal for making wreaths as they bend nicely without snapping. They sell them in bundles at gardening stores during the holidays, but its easy to just collect some yourself with a utility knife or gardening shears.
Which is what I did, and I also decorated mine with foraged pinecones and rosehips. So it was totally free to make. Except for the glue gun I used.
For mine, I used just three sticks each about 2 feet long. You don’t need anything to hold them together in a wreath shape. Just shape one into a circle, then spiral the other stick around it, then add the other one.
Then I simply glued on some rosehips and alder cones.
Its a fun, quick craft and its very rustic and whimsical looking. The funnest part may be collecting things from the outdoors – a good excuse to use pretty things you find outside :).
I have it next to my string of dehydrated orange slices and a jar of ponderosa cones and evergreen.
Natural Holiday decor!
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