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Tannenbaums and Willow Wreaths

Saturday, December 14th 2019

Tannenbaums (Christmas trees) and wreaths were the focus of today's Christmas crafts workshop and the end result was really impressive!

Marilynne led the workshop which began with an explanation of how to put together the base and the first few branches of the Tannenbaum centrepiece. The Silver Birch bases were made from some of the small trees that were cut down to make room for new saplings of varied species (donated by Bettys tearooms). The 'trunks' were made from Willow from the coppice block and where this has been cut, new shoots will grow. This means that the decorations are completely sustainable.

Once the bases were put together, small branches of freshly pruned Douglas Fir were layered up to give the Christmas tree effect.

The tree tops were created by adding branches and using florist's wire to secure them all together. 

In no time at all, the activity room was a forest of miniature Christmas trees! The scent from the Douglas Fir was incredible but a little overwhelming for some!

In order to make the wreaths, circular frames were first woven and then fresh foliage such as fir branches and holly leaves were added. Finally, other natural decorations for example pine cones and cinnamon sticks were glued on as the finishing touches.

It was a fun morning and a steep learning curve for some of us! It was thoroughly enjoyed and our thanks to all of the people that attended and especially to Marilynne for being such a generous and patient instructor! Same time next year everyone?!


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