Did you know? Long before the arrival of Christianity, families would hang wagon wheels from the ceiling decorated with evergreens and candles. The wheel’s circular shape, fragrant greenery, and brilliant light served as a reminder of the eternal cycle of the seasons, the persistence of life in the midst of winter.
Through the years, the wheel has spun its way through history—evolving into the lovely wreaths that grace our doorways, walls, and tabletops today. A wreath’s ability to evoke feelings of cheer and hope is still as strong as ever, and designing one of your own is easy and fun to do.
“There are so many exciting ways to decorate with wreaths,” Molbak’s Designer, Leesa Deter explains. “This autumn, the trend is to combine botanicals with a little sparkle to add depth and texture to your design.” She suggests pairing everlasting natural elements—twigs, branches, pinecones—and rustic-looking burlap ribbon with bold bright elements in copper, gold and burgundy hues.
Once Thanksgiving has passed, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. You can keep your wreath’s everlasting greenery in place, and simply update the ribbons and accents to fit your holiday style and color scheme.
Think about incorporating sparkly ornaments, glitter dusted pinecones, and ribbons in bright greens, teals, and silvers. “For added twinkle, I weave a string of battery-operated LED lights into the mix,” Deter adds. “Hide the battery pack on the backside of your wreath, and you can place it where ever you like.”
While the front door is a welcoming place for a wreath, Deter encourages you to think beyond your entryway and use wreaths to dress up your tabletop.
“When laid flat, wreaths make a beautiful, low-profile centerpiece for your dining room table.” Place one larger wreath in the center of the table or, if space permits, line up three smaller wreaths along the length of the table. If you like, place a cluster of candles or a festive floral arrangement in the center of the wreath. The options are endless and the effect is gorgeous.
If you’ve never made your own wreath before, don’t be intimidated. Deter and her fellow design professionals are on call to inspire and educate. “I love what I do.” Deter shares. “I get to be creative every day — designing custom arrangements, putting new ideas and inspiration on display, and helping customers pull together all the elements they need to bring their own ideas to life.”
It’s a whole lot of fun, so give it a try. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate your own creativity, and brighten your home with a beautiful symbol of optimism and hope.
Ready to create? Join us for our wreath-making workshop December 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. To register or for more information, visit molbaks.com.