|Winter Berries from Forest|
Working with items from nature can be messy and there may be insects too so I put the wreath together outdoors on my patio table. Working with natural products requires you to have a gentle touch as they can break easily.
Lay out the filler for the wreath so it is separated and you can easily grab it when needed.
Before beginning the arrangement of the filler I gently opened up the balsam wreaths branches so that it did not look flat. When I was satisfied with the fuller appearance I got busy with the filler arranging.
Putting Wreath Together
|Open the balsam branches so wreath looks full|
To keep the wreath balanced I attached one pine cone at the top of the wreath, off to the side slightly so it would not be covered by the wreath hanger. The other two pine cones were attached on the sides closer to the bottom of the wreath. The pine cones were my focal area and the filler would be the fluff.
|Highlight pine cone with winter berries|
Red and purple berries were added around the pine cones to add color and interest. The rest of the wreath filler was added to the base to give the wreath color flow.
The sprigs of herbs added additional fragrance to the wreath as well as interest. I finished the wreath by adding plumes of fountain grass. The grass gave the wreath interest and it was a good contrast.
I hung one wreath on my front door and the other on my front garden gate. My neighbor admired it and asked me if I would make her one. I sold my one wreath for $36.00.
Making balsam wreaths is a great way to earn extra money. It took me twenty minutes from start to finish to make the wreath. The time most used was wiring the pine cones to the base and looking for the natural filler in the woods.
|Balsam Garden Wreath hung on Gate|
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