Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Welcome Wreath

Tis the season to opening our doors and basking in the warmth of each other. 
Here is a woodsy wreath to welcome with...

I began creating this wreath to place on my father's grave. I wanted a piece of us and his Canadian homeland, to grace his grave in the states. As the wreath came to life I decided that it would adorn my door first, filling up on the love and wonder this season offers and then travel to lie with him in his resting place. The idea comforts me ~ a simple offering to feel connected in our separation.

To create you will need
A grapevine wreath 
Cedar boughs
Floral wire
Milkweed Pods
A glue gun

To begin gather up your twigs, floral wire and grapevine wreath. Following these instructions  create your twig wreath.
Next add your cedar boughs with a dab of (glue gun) glue until all wire is hidden and your wreath looks flush. 
Glue chestnuts around the inner center of your wreath.
Glue pine cones around the chestnuts.
Glue on your berries.
For the center ~ Glue milkweed pods into a star shape. Add their center strips into the star and place a piece of star anise in the center.
To attach in the center, glue a thin stick across the inside of the wreath and then glue your star to that.

Here it shall fill to the brim with all the comings and goings of this magical season. 

Welcoming ~

(who could resist ; )

With Welcoming Warmth
~ Shanti ~ 


  1. Wow, that is an exceptionally beautiful wreath!!

  2. That is seriously the most beautiful wreath EVER! And now I want a red door as well to go with my wreath once I make it!! :)

  3. I'm smiling as I just posted an end of autumn wreath, this wreath is absolutely stunning! I would certainly love to create one too, thank you for the beautiful inspiration!

  4. that is so beautiful! you are so creative!

  5. I do not think I have ever seen a more beautiful wreath. It is absolutely lovely!

  6. Absolutely beautiful. Lovely wreath, with a lovely memory.

  7. That is so beautiful - the post and the wreath. (:

  8. Oh so gorgeous, sweet sister! Such a fitting tribute to Dad, who so enjoyed the beauty of nature all the way through his life.

  9. Beautiful, and such a wonderful sentiment.

  10. wow! gorgeous! what a beautiful wreath with beautiful intentions. i hope you feel your father's love around you all season (and forever more)... : )

  11. My goodness, that is the most beautiful wreath I have ever seen. I am so inspired. I all but gave up on my wreathmaking this year but now, I shall try again. Thank you!
    xo Jules

  12. Hi Shanti and Maureen, Great to see you again!
    This wreath is so beautiful and I would love to link to this post to showcase it to those in Australia! I really love your blog and what you do. You are champions of the blog world!! Amber (MamaMoontime)

  13. Thank you for all the kind words! It was a joy to create. I worked on most of it while I talked on skype with my 7 siblings, extended fam and mom, on the anniversary of my father's death. What a riot orchestrating a conversation with 20 or so folks!
    Amber... We would be honored. Thank you.

  14. This is just gorgeous. What a special way to decorate your entry way.

  15. That is fantastic!! Really lovely wreath.

  16. Wow, is that ever beautiful! Just fantastic...

  17. Your wreath is absolutely stunning! Such a cheery welcome for visitors to your home :)

  18. This is gorgeous! I can't believe you made this! Love it : )

  19. This is unbelievable gorgeous! Do you have a book with all your fabulous crafts in it?? i am always so blown away by the beautiful creations you post on your blog! Thank you for sharing!!

  20. I'm looking for a recipe for the art dough you use to over the top of a glass canning jar and put mixed nuts on the top. Fill the jar with treats or a layered dry ingrediants for something to bake. Or store nuts, these are nuts in the shell. Please send if you have one. johnsen@restel.net

  21. Beautiful! Just wondering where you found the chestnuts?

  22. Beautiful wreath. I'm sure your Dad will love it as I believe those who have passed on still watch over us.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.

  23. Thank you for sharing your beautiful spiriit and creativity! We will be celebrating Santa Lucia day here in Palmer, Alaska on the 13th. I love your winter garden wreath and hope to create something nearly as lovely.

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