At the beginning of each season I like to create a wreath from materials that I’ve gathered while out and about in the countryside.
Since we live in a rural setting, what better material could I choose than some kind of grain…
…OK yes, I may have strayed from the ditch to the edge of a farmers field of oats…
hmmmm . . . I hope they don’t notice when it comes time to count the grains after harvest . . .
A car went by, and I had to hide…
Here’s a little tutorial:
Start with a straw-based wreath (available at most craft stores). Take small batches of oats (cut stems short) and wrap with twine, heavy thread or as I used, floss!
As you add each batch it covers up the first one. I wrapped my wreath twice – here you can see that the whole wreath is covered but I’m starting a new layer. I didn’t use any glue whatsoever.
Create two (or more) sprays by laying a bunch of oats opposite each other and securing in the middle with floral wire.
Use floral picks to anchor the sprays to the bottom of the wreath, then wrap wire around both the sprays and the wreath.
Tie with some kind of bow – I used a simple rustic piece of burlap and voila! you have your wreath.