Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.
- Swedish Proverb
We are delighted to be joining the lovely Gina of willowday + 24 spectacular creatives for the 5th annual Swedish Christmas Countdown Calendar. You might remember the pinecone angel ornament we made last year for the ‘Kids MAKE’ portion of the countdown. If you are on Instagram pop over to Gina’s account and give her a follow so that you don’t miss any of the shares! If you aren’t on Instagram you can catch up on all of the posts here. While you are on Gina’s site, definitely take a peek at her new children’s book, ABC Flower Safari! It is a GORGEOUS romp through the alphabet via the most exquisite animal-botanical illustrations.
When I was brainstorming ideas for my calendar contribution my mind kept wandering back to nature and our foraged wreaths of holidays past. I really wanted to make another one…but I also wanted to turn it up a notch. What if we could keep the same minimal, undone, organic feel BUT hang it from the ceiling like a chandelier?!
I gathered some dead skinny branches from our yard and some foraged pinecones from our collection, and then I made my way to the floral section of our local market in search of some holiday green. I wound up with two different types of pine branches, some eucalyptus and some white coffee beans. I really love how all of the textures and tones work together in this spread:
We used 3 embroidery hoops as the base for our wreath tiers. In the past we have used floral wire to assemble our foraged wreaths. This time I wanted to forgo the pliers and gardening gloves and just head for the glue gun. It was an experiment but it really worked well with the wood hoops.
The reason this style of wreath is so fun to create is that it is free-form. You are not looking for perfection or uniformity. The more a-symetrical and imperfect the better (in my opinion). It really is an intuitive dance between your eyes and your fingertips. When something feels right..add a dab of glue and secure it to the hoop!
we worked on all 3 hoops at the same time. I would add a little to each one, give them a spin, step back and move on to the next hoop. Ri helped me build (and shoot). I gotta say, it is really nice having another set of eyes and hands when building these!
When you feel like your 3 wreath hoops are done it is time to assemble. We used a very fine gauge copper wire. We cut two long strips of copper wire, criss crossed them and created a hanging loop for the top of our “chandelier”
The two pieces of wire become 4 strands after you loop:
We measured out a 4” space between tiers. We marked it by adding a line of black permanent marker to our wire so we would know exactly where to attach our hoops.
1 tier - 2 tier - 3! Once we were done attaching our hoops we trimmed the access wire from the bottom of our smallest hoop.
It is so pretty and whimsical! Imagine it hanging above the holiday table, or a little bar cart, or a tall entryway in lieu of mistletoe.
We made you a little video clip, because you have to see her spin!
We are so honored to be a part of this year’s Christmas Countdown Collective. All of these creatives are must follows: