Purple comes back for the holidays - DIY wreath

I have lots of boxwood in my garden, and many of them need a good pruning. So out I went with my pruners to snip some lengthy sprigs to create a wreath. I used a wire frame and attached the boxwood with wire. It made a good start but needed more texture. I cut some sprigs of Thuja 'Green Giant' and wired them in, finishing the greenery off with some stems of Chamaecyparis pisifera.

The result was okay, but a little sparse. I added more from the back to fill it out. At right is the first round of stem attachments.

A couple of weeks ago I'd visited Michael's and found some fancy glittery pieces to spruce up a plain wreath, but after working so hard with all the real greenery, I was concerned it would make it too gaudy. But it certainly needed something...

I wrapped the wreath with a string of 100 gold mini lights, which was just the right amount for the wreath, made from a frame no bigger than 16" diameter. And then I took out all the glittery stuff and inserted it here and there before making the bow. The theme I decided on at Michael's was bronze and purple, a color I was surprised to find so readily.

When I moved into my first apartment in 1973 and decorated my very first Christmas tree, I used lots of purple. But it was the '70s, and weird colors were the norm. All of a sudden, it seems, when I wasn't looking, purple has made a comeback. Not a traditional Christmas color to be sure, but I'm kind of liking it as much now as I did when I was 20.

What do you think?

8 comments:

  1. Fabulous wreath! As a lover of purple, I say you can never have enough of it!

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  2. Thanks Bernie! I'm glad you like it as much as I do--even on a holiday wreath...

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  3. I agree with Bernie, purple is a favorite color of mine and never thought of it as a christmas color but it does look great.

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  4. I agree, purple is my favorite color although I never have thought of purple as a Christmas color or seen it around. It looks great and festive for this time of the year.

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  5. Hi Jean... you inquired about the blue flower on my post... it is gorgeous and eventually makes large mats of foliage and blooms. It is a Gentiana aucaulis, one of the gentians. Your wreath is indeed lovely!! Larry from Conrad Art Glass & Gardens

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  6. Thanks, Larry. Does it withstand the heat of a Midwest summer?

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  7. To the best of my knowledge... yes.... I've only been growing it a couple years, but I've seen clumps of it in NE Wisconsin that spread 3-4 feet. I'm not sure where you are located so I can't really respond in terms of that... Larry

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