Ralph Anderson / Styling Leigh Anne Montgomery
Crisp morns and golden light--it’s the time of year when back roads rule and discoveries are limited only by the setting sun. Why let a day’s memories fade? Make a wreath to celebrate a special find, as we did. Here are three that were inspired by a day trip to the mountains.
Stacked with rolls of sweet-scented hay, the open-sided barn, big enough to host a dance, stirred our imagination. For a moment, we second-guessed city life. But instead, the country came home with us.
- Start with a length of barbed wire long enough to loop back on itself. Wearing gloves, fasten the ends by twisting with a pair of pliers.
- Form a base by securing leaves to the bottom one-third of the barbed wire with florist wire. Add berries such as pepper berry, cotoneaster, nandina, or pyracantha.
- Loop florist wire through the bottom of a bird’s nest, and then twist it around the wreath base. Tuck in dried hydrangea blossoms. Finish with quail eggs, either found or purchased from a crafts store.
The Amish wagon sideboards were the color of red that only time and honest work reveal. The inscription of the previous owners’ names makes them even more special.
- Choose an oval grapevine wreath for your base. A round one will work too.
- Weave rose hips, cut from the garden or purchased from a florist, through the grapevine to secure. They should radiate out from the point where you will place the bow.
- Add the bow, just off center at the bottom, and then finish with pheasant feathers.