14 November 2014

Some Ideas for the Vine wreaths.

The wreaths I made a few weeks ago waiting to be decorated.

I always decorate the front door of our own home
 and  La Petite Maison  for the festive season,

This is a reminder of what I did a few years ago

La Petite Maison 2012

For the greenery of the base I usually give a few shrubs a trim
just before I start, then it's easy to fill in with whatever you have.
I used small pine cones which are in abundance where I live.
I also dried some apple rings
( but a word of warning, the birds will come and eat most of them )
Also with the very wet winter we had that year, they became soft.
So next time I would keep dried apple or orange rings
 for an indoor wreath.They do give a pleasant spicy aroma
especially if you sprinkle them with a little cinnamon or allspice .

This one had dried orange rings and a few whole dried lemons & tangerines.
I just leave my fruit to dry and harden off a little by our wood burner.

My home  2012

I've been doing a bit of searching for some different ideas.
Guess where I did my search ? Of course, my favorite Danish  magazine


Here are a few I've picked out for you

Photos shown without Barbara Lilian in France typed on them
are taken from  Isabellas 2014 Christmas magazine.

They might give you some inspiration to try.

How about one of these for your front door ?

If you're like me, when out on a walk you arrive home
with pockets full of natures treasures,
 that could fill your wreath, Fallen nuts,
pine cones & twisted branches with lichen
Or maybe a selection of berries from the trees,
but be prepared for the birds, they think it's a take away.

Any of these I would love to hang on my door and all could be made.
Give it a try,  don't say 'I could never make that'
Your first attempt might not have a professional finish to it
but it will be your own design and so much nicer than one bought from a store.

This would look very nice on a hall entrance table;
with a few of your special baubles and a little statue
all piled up in a shallow dish with a wreath just placed around it.

One of these would look very pretty in doors.

This one could be hung on the kitchen door.
It looks like the tiny cones I collect
and then spray painted white.
Now what could be easier than that ?
all you need is a reel of fine wire and some paint.

I love this dried flower one using lavender. maybe not true Christmas style,
 but could look  pretty and smell very nice in a guest bedroom.

This frothy one on a side table.
with candles in lanterns placed around it looks lovely.


If you have been successful drying some Hydrangea  heads
this is a very show off way for them to be seen
along with a few other dried flowers and thistles.
I  like the way it's hung with a leather belt,
a very original smart country idea .

I hope I've chosen something to suite every ones taste.

If you do decide to make a winter season wreath
I hope you enjoy making it.
I would love to see the style you choose to make yours.

à bientôt

Barbara Lilian


  1. Petite et grande maison..so pretty.
    I am fond of that belt look too Barbara..Fond of wreaths period:)

  2. Love your post..!...beautiful wreaths !!... Have a Nice sunday....love Ria...x!

  3. Love the wreaths! Nice collection of shots....
    Thanks for stopping by! Your kind words help get through the weekend....

  4. Fantasticas ideas y originales!!

  5. So pretty, and the Danish ones are a delight especially the lavender one. Thanks for sharing this with us Barbara.

  6. I LOVE wreaths Barbara and, the ones that you have shown are lovely …. my favourite is the last one. I always put a wreath on our front door every Christmas. Have a lovely week Barbara. XXXX

  7. Dear Barbara - these wreathes of yours were beautiful. Loved that you shared your ideas. I make sweet annie ones but unfortunately they make a bit of dusting when the door opens. I am going to have to try the apple and fruit ones. Had to smile at the thought that the birds ate them. Hope friend you are doing well and enjoying your day. Now I better get busy working on a pine cone wreath for winter - white paint may just be what mine needs!

  8. Hi Barbara - I love all these wreaths and I love to create them, too! I laughed when you mentioned the birds think it is a takeaway - so true! Thank you for visiting me. I love your blog. xo Karen

  9. Just lovely, Barbara! This is my first visit, via Susan Branch's blog. Wreaths are such a welcoming symbol on the front door. The dried Hydrangea wreath is just my style! So happy to find your blog. I'll come visit often! ♡Dawn (from the Midwest, USA)

  10. Hello Barbara, what lovely decorations, plenty to inspire me to better things for this Christmas. I shall be out in the garden tomorrow to pick some hydrangea heads!

  11. Again, more beauty!!!! I just LOVE and ADORE them! Thank you!


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