21 October 2015

Woodland Wreath~ DIY

The Woodland wreath is a lovely wreath for your Fall decorating, it is also very natural and has a slight rustic and primitive feel. 
If you are searching for a craft that is hands on, and are eager to take a walk with Mother Nature this is the perfect craft for you to do this Fall.

This Woodland wreath also comes with a short Tale of a little grandson with sun kissed blonde hair, brown eyes and very busy hands.

The majority of the goodies on this wreath were collected by the grandson, and his Mimi as they spent several Fall afternoons on walk abouts in the warm afternoon sun in Sacramento. The two of them spent time outside while his Mommy, and new baby sister rested inside their home.

The little brown eyed grandson talked alot...
about fire trucks, garbage trucks, his friends and such.
He found many treasures, some of which did not end up on this wreath, but were still carefully gathered and placed in the paper bag.

After many afternoons of searching, walking, chatting and savouring these precious moments there were finally enough treasures to actually make a wreath.

A little high pitched voice rang throughout the house, proclaiming with excitement that 
all of the woodland treasures were now going to be hot glued onto the grapevine wreath.
Something the grandson had never done before.

A plan had been set in motion, and a new tool was about to be used.
If you have ever been around a young lad, you know that they enjoy gizmos, gadgets and using wires, mechanisms, pulls and gears.

Making a Woodland wreath is very messy.
Best to make them outside on a back patio, or in a garage.
The sweet grandson sat on the Mimi's lap, and together they glued their woodland finds onto grapevine the wreath.
Two Woodland Wreaths were made, one for the Mimi, and one for the boy.

This Mimi had a fantastic time with her grandson and you know, it was such a wonderful way to connect with him. 
It was the simplest of adventures, and the quality of time spent together was the main ingredient.
It really goes back to living a traditional, somewhat Old Fashioned life style, where lasting bonds, lessons learned, and meaningful relationships are built on quality time together with those you love.
It felt good to step away from the commercialism of life.

Supplies needed for Woodland Wreath~

Grapevine Wreath (any size)
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks,
Twine or burlap ribbon
Pine Cones
Magnolia seed pods
Sweet gum seed pods
Dried Camellia blossoms
Assorted pods

Directions For Woodland Wreath

Hot glue layers of pods, pine cones, blossoms, nuts and repeat until desired fullness.
Wrap twine or burlap around the wreath.

I wrapped my wreath in a garbage bag and squeezed it into my suitcase to bring home.
It survived, and only needed a few repairs...smile.


Please Join Me~

An Extraordinary Day

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Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.


  1. Oh Jemma! You are inspiring me to get off my butt and stop using my pathetic front door as an excuse not to make a wreath!

    I love the way you communicated how you came to make this pretty, nature inspired wreath with your grandson. You know how to draw your readers in and make us feel like we were right there with you.


    1. Doreen,
      This wreath is calling your name-perfect for your cabin setting!
      Thank you, I am happy you joined Wyatt and I for our crafty day:)

  2. Oh my! I adore this! This is my kind of wreath. How precious that you made this with your grandson. What wonderful lasting memories! Melts my heart! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. Cindy,
      You and I are both crazy over our grandchildren!

  3. Hello Jemma, what a pretty wreath. A lovely idea with pretty nature items. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

    1. Thank you Eileen, I know how you embrace nature too.

  4. And now he has that sweet memory of collecting things for the wreath with his grandmother.

  5. Jemma - this little guy is sooooooooooooooooo blessed to have you as his grandma! Letting him help you make this wreathe and teaching him how to do it - he will never forget. It was charming!

  6. What a beautiful wreath! And even more beautiful knowing you made it with your grandson. What a wonderful grandma you are!

  7. Wow, that is a gorgeous wreath and a great story! Lovely! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Well this is just the best! One of my favorite people in the whole world was my Mimi...I had a Mimi too! I hope you don't mind if I take inspiration and try this on my outdoor fireplace when I find the time...the wreath is fantastic!

  9. These are my favorite wreaths....natural! I always gathered bittersweet to make wreaths in NC. And I love pinecones. I still have trouble walking past one without picking it up! lol Hugs!

  10. Hi Jemma, oh this is such a beautiful wreath. I love the natural elements and what makes it so special is how this lovely creation was designed with your grandson and the time spent making memories together. Just beautiful my friend. Love it and thanks for sharing. Have a great rest of the week. Blessings, cm

  11. You always make the prettiest crafts, Jemma. Lovely wreath. Enjoy! Susan

  12. Jemma,

    I love the way you write. You really captured the love between a grandmother and her little one. And sharing special time together.

    The wreath is gorgeous. I've tried, really...and I make a mess and burn myself with the glue gun. Glue guns have it out for me!! I'll Pin this in case I get brave! :)

    Jane xx

  13. The VERY BEST part of that wreath, of course, is the interaction with your sweet grandson. There is nothing more precious in the world than listening to their "take" on things as words tumble from their lips. The wreath is just a precious memory keeper. I love it- xo Diana

  14. Good morning my friend! I finally made it after a good dinner with my husband, a few hours of spending time with him, a good sleep and now preparation for work. When I saw your wreath last night on IG, I was reminded of the passion I had a few weeks ago (and STILL HAVE) to find a pinecone wreath and paint it white. I love a natural wreath and prefer one to an artificial one, and yours is just heavenly. How beautiful this is going to look on your new door!

    Memories are intertwined in this wreath of the cycle of the seasons. Enjoy them my sweet friend!

  15. A certain Mimi made special, life lasting and loving memories with her truck-loving grandson, wiring and gluing and forming a woodland wreath out of nature's long list of crafty characters! It's beautiful, Jemma, and I'm sure will turn out to be a meaningful memento of your sweet and cozy time with Wyatt!

    Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week!


  16. Ohhhh yes! A very lovely Old Fashioned project. Two generations... With the perfect use of time together. Lovely, lovely, all....

    Pumpkin hugs,

  17. Very sweet wreath with so many natural elements. How fun for the family. Making memories. xo

  18. Your wreath is very pretty. The natural elements would appeal to anyone.

  19. I can't think of anything you could have done with that precious little boy that would have been better or more interesting. Little boys love collecting things and then to put them to use was just perfect. I love the wreath and I think I will use some of your suggestions on my next one I make for the mountains....

  20. Oh, Jemma, what a lovely and sweet experience with your little grandson! That special time will be a lasting memory for both of you.

  21. What a very sweet thing to do with a child and you get a gorgeous wreath out of it! I could do that! I have so much fallen stuff in my yard from the trees. You have inspired me!

  22. I love the way you wrote this and clearly it was a special time to both of you, and a boon to the sleeping ladies inside. A memory packed wreath!

    From one Mimi to another, with love,

  23. I love this post more than I can say. First, the woodland wreath is beautiful. I just love wreaths (but I think you know that already!). But what really touches me is how you were spending your time with your grandson and how very meaningful that wreath will be to you -- and to him. Who knows? Perhaps this walk will inspire him to walk every year and collect bits of nature for the next wreath, inspire him to love beautiful things, nature and creating. Such a start! Big smiles!

  24. Oh I just love this! This is on my to do list for sure!


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