What can a willow wreath be used for?
This willow wreath is effectively a blank canvas. The perfect clean slate, upon which your ideas can come to life. Wreaths are a fantastic way to show your creativity, they can be decorated with all kinds of natural materials and can be tailored to your own personal taste and style. This particular wreath is made of ethically sourced FSC British Shropshire willow, a delightful flexible yet robust wood.
Wreaths are often found hanging from front doors during festive seasons such as Christmas and Easter, and are a fantastic way to share celebrations as a community. But, they can also be used to just brighten up a space in a home and displaying some wonderful materials.
Traditionally wreath bases have also been used in celebrations such as Beltane, where the wreath is adorned with beautiful flowers to create a flower crown which is worn by the May queen.
The best part about wreath bases is that they can be used again and again, so once you're done with one celebration, simply strip your decorations and begin again.
What is the significance of wreaths?
Wreaths have been used for thousands of years to celebrate and symbolise significant events, whether they be victories, communal celebrations or religious events. It is thought wreaths date back as far as the Roman era, where soldiers would receive wreaths as a symbol of honour upon returning from battle. However, they have been used throughout time to show celebration, loss or simply for decoration.
Wreaths can symbolise all kinds of different things, from eternal life, to holiness, to the circle of life, or just the beauty of nature. But one thing we think we can all agree on is that they are beautiful, individual and wonderful creative project that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Why not take a look at our other enjoyable activities for families in our Go Outside! range?
Wreath decoration ideas:
Wreaths can be permanent or seasonal features - one of the best part about purchasing a wreath base, is that its reusable - so you can simply change the design as you feel, or as the seasons change.
One of the most popular ways to decorate wreaths is based on the season, changing the decorations as the weather and seasons progress.
Adorn your wreath base with pretty pastel flowers, bright green grasses and youthful ferns for a fresh spring look. For longer lasting decorations, think about using dried natural materials - that way you won't have to think about swapping out the materials as they deteriorate.
Decorate your wreath with beautiful straws, grasses and ribbons. Show your appreciation for the sun and warmer weather by choosing warm, bright colours and seasonal flowers that are in bloom.
Why not take advantage of Halloween season and create a spooky wreath? Use natural materials such as wool felts, cottons and feathers to produce something a little darker.
Create a traditional Christmas wreath, using evergreens, holly and ivy. Add a little sparkle using compostable glitter and show a little community Christmas spirit with your natural decoration.
Or you could think out of the box and make something that can be left on display year round. Have you ever thought about creating a beautifully coloured wool wreath, using fantastic natural wool yarn. Weave something beautiful together, and produce something completely unique to you.
Here at Chimney Sheep we feel it's important to choose natural materials where possible, so we'd encourage you to decorate your wreath using natural, plant materials, flowers, grasses and plastic free ribbon and glitter. Every little helps when it comes to reducing plastic pollution, so keep your wreath plastic free if you can!