Harvest Wreath

IMG_8930I didn’t feel like attempting my usual vase today, so instead, I thought I’d make a harvest wreath from things in my yard and land, along with a few bought items. I’m pleased with how it came out and it looks nice against the rustic barn boards of the woodshed.

I started by going to the river and collecting young, wild grapevines to weave into a base, which you can hardly see, as it is mostly covered.

IMG_8935I used fresh sage from the garden and drops from the wild Baldwin apple tree west of the house. There was a nice crop this year and they are sweet and flavorful. I will collect the good ones and store them in the garage to feed the birds come January. Robins, cedar waxwings and bluebirds love them.

IMG_8932Dried magnolia leaves left over from my birthday bouquet have delightful, cinnamon-colored, felted backs that begged to be repurposed.

Glycerine-treated oak leaves add a touch of gold and I included a few rusty ones I picked up in the yard as well.

IMG_8933A few milkweed pods from a swamp milkweed that self-sowed into a crack next to the garage were salvaged before the winter snows crushed them.

The final touch was a burlap bow.

Happy Autumn to you!

About Eliza Waters

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72 Responses to Harvest Wreath

  1. If I saw this in a store, Eliza, I would buy this!

  2. Karen says:

    It’s a beautiful wreath Eliza.

  3. west517 says:

    Love these colors and textures 🙂

  4. Beautiful. It looks great against the wood.

  5. srickman2014 says:

    Wonderful! I must plant some sage next year! It certainly adds dimension and interest to an already beautiful wreath:)

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Stephanie. Sage is a great plant. I love the tricolor and other variegated varieties, but they don’t last like the common sage does. This plant of mine is ancient and still going strong.

  6. maureenc says:

    The softness of colour in the Sage provides a wonderful counterpoint to the Autumnal colours. Beautiful!

  7. Treah says:

    You always were a champion wreath maker! Love the colors in this one.

  8. MK says:

    It’s fantastic! Who needs a vase?

  9. Patricia says:

    The wreath is beautiful. The colors are lovely. What a wonderful idea.

  10. Val Boyko says:

    I love how the blue grey texture of the sage enhances the beauty of the fruit.
    A wreath is such a great idea!

  11. Jewels says:

    Beautiful! Well done, Eliza! 🙂

  12. Very beautiful & Fall-like! Perfect for the season! I would love this as a decoration! 😀 I used to have to make wreaths and other floral things in high school because I was in the Horticulture program. It was very fun and this brings back pleasant memories! ❤

  13. Hannah says:

    Marvelous color combinations of the silvery blue-green sage and cinnamony magnolia leaves, Eliza! They make a wonderful wreath, with the apples and pretty preserved oak leaves.

  14. arlingwoman says:

    Now this was a nice surprise! I like it, would have it on my door.

  15. All in season is good

  16. Sue Vincent says:

    The soft green of the sage just makes this so pretty!

  17. Cathy says:

    Happy Autumn Eliza! This is lovely – you are so creative! I’m afraid I do not have the patience and talent to attempt something like that!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. Oh, they are really quite easy and meditative to do. I’m sure you have all the ‘talent’ you need to do one. Maybe I should have made a ‘tutorial’ as I created it. Next time perhaps!

  18. Julie says:

    Inspiring Eliza, I am going to make one, yours is lovely and the birds can enjoy the apples too.

  19. Cath says:

    The rusty colours really push the sage into almost turquoise ranges of colour, and the barn door is a perfect background. Absolutely lovely colours.

  20. Cathy says:

    That really is lovely and you obviously got so much pleasure making it too, Eliza. So autumnal – and perfectly acceptable for a ‘vase’ on Monday as it serves exactly the same purpose. Thanks for sharing

  21. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Stunning Eliza! Your creativity is an inspiration. Love the colours and textures – you’ve captured autumn perfectly:)

  22. Dina says:

    Beautiful and inspiring work, Eliza!

  23. This is truly lovely and reflects the beauty of the season. 🙂

  24. Kathy Sturr says:

    By far my favorite arrangement! Beautiful colors and well, just perfect.

  25. Laurie Graves says:

    Such a lovely fall wreath. Like others who have commented on this blog, I am inspired by your creativity and, of course, by your thrifty, recycling ways.

  26. Maria F. says:

    Very nice, first time I see one with fruits!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Maria. Using fruits in wreaths is a old style called Della Robbia after a Italian Renaissance sculptor of that name. He carved fruit into his sculptures and friezes.

  27. Gillian says:

    You have inspired me to have a go at making a wreath Eliza. The combination of fresh foliage and dried leaves you have selected works very well and I also think the glaucous sage leaves highlight the rusty tones. Lovely.

  28. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Creating can be such a high. Looks like you really were in the zone!

  29. Just discovered your blog and spent a few minutes enjoying your work. You are a wonderful photographer and artist. Love your autumn images.

  30. Just beautiful… you are creative in SO MANY ways! How do you treat the leaves with glycerin? I have some that I use in place of water drops when doing macro photography.

  31. dorannrule says:

    Happy Autumn back! And that wreath was a perfect way to say it. 🙂

  32. Debra says:

    ok permission or not I am absolutely stealing this idea for Thanksgiving this year. Wow.

  33. ladygrace33 says:

    Beautiful, you are so creative Eliza 🙂

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