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Winter Wreath Making

Making winter decorations from the garden

wreath composed of lot of different berries, branches, pinecones, and foliage

Friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong makes beautiful wreaths each year for the holiday season, and today she is sharing a bunch of beautiful ones with us. She made all the wreaths from a combination of foraged, recycled, and/or purchased materials.

garden wreath with muted grey-green foliageWintry and muted—this was the second wreath I made last winter, and it was a gift to a good friend who was grieving.

winter wreath with red berries, red foliage, and silver foliageThis one is made from scratch with an old wreath frame, Christmas tree discards, foraged Hedera helix (Zones 5–9) flowers, Leucothoe (Zones 4–6) and laurel leaf branches (Laurus nobilis, Zones 8–10), and Jacobaea maritima (Zones 7–10) leaves from a summer container. I delivered and installed this wreath for our family friends whose all-time favorite color is red.

close up of the winter wreath aboveA closer look at the holiday red wreath.

winter wreath with silver foliage and purple berriesThis berry wreath went to a friend who loves purple. The beautyberry (Calicarpa dichotoma, Zones 5–8) is from my garden. Some of the other berries are foraged too.

wreath composed of lot of different berries, branches, pinecones, and foliageHere’s a traditional wreath inspired by the staff of a local nursery where I have volunteered for the last five years. We love a traditional, all-out, natural wreath filled with goodies.

wreath with faux pearls, white branches, and pineconesThe pearl glam wreath. I love pearls and just had to make one. I used a store-bought, inexpensive pearl garland for this one, combined with foraged white pine cones and bay leaves. The white flowers were saved and dried from an old arrangement.

winter wreath with gold and silver foliageNature makes the best silver and gold! For this one I reused an old wreath form, Christmas tree discards, foraged ivy flowers, thuja (Thuja occidentalis, Zones 3–7), and dusty miller from the garden. The only store-bought item in this wreath are the white branches. I made this for a kind friend.

close up of gold and silver wreath aboveDetail of the gold-and-silver wreath

wreath with various branches and pineconesI saved my cut-up foraged birch branches last year and reused them for this woodland wreath. They kept well and are much lighter too.


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  1. gardendevas 12/02/2022

    WOW, Cherry - these are gorgeous!!

    1. perenniallycrazy 12/10/2022

      Thank you.

  2. fromvirginia 12/02/2022

    As always, simply beautiful Cheryl.

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    simplesue 12/02/2022

    OMG these are fabulous wreaths!!! All so organic- even the Pearl Glam wreathe looks totally organic, it's one of my favorites, but my absolute favorite it the chunky woodland wreath with the birch branches!
    These are all so artistic and professionally done- you are amazing!

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    treasuresmom 12/02/2022

    Cherry, you are so very talented.

  5. schatzi 12/02/2022

    Always love seeing your posts. Your creativity knows no bounds!

  6. btucker9675 12/02/2022

    Stunning! I know your grieving friend was comforted by your gift of that beautiful bell-bedecked wreath last year - simply lovely.

  7. jos29803 12/02/2022

    Your wreaths are absolutely stunning!!!!! So creative. If you ever decide to sell them, I'm on the list, seriously!

    1. perenniallycrazy 12/10/2022

      Awww, thanks.

  8. sheila_schultz 12/03/2022

    Cherry, you ARE the QUEEN of wreath design. Each one you create has its' own beauty. Your love of natural design is apparent in every thing you do and imagine. Holiday hugs coming your way, my friend!

  9. DavisChris 07/15/2023

    Great. Each wreath tells a unique story and holds sentimental value, whether it's a gift for a grieving friend or tailored to someone's favorite colors. The attention to detail and use of natural elements like berries, foliage, and pinecones make these wreaths truly captivating. If you ever need assistance with writing, can provide reliable and professional support to help bring your experiences and stories to life. Keep sharing the beauty of your garden and inspiring others with your passion for plants!

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