Activities: Make Your Own Victorian Wreath
The tradition of the wreath pre-dates the Victorians by centuries, but it was a tradition they embraced and made their own. Victorian wreaths were elaborate and made with all types of evergreen foliage, such as holly, ivy and yew. To decorate they would use fruit and pine cones.
To create the wreath's structure, take pieces of hazel or wire, bend them around into a circle and secure with string. If you are using hazel you'll need to build the circle up by using several pieces.
Once the basic structure of the frame is made, gather some greenery to cover it. Holly was favoured by the Victorians, as well as yew and bay.
Attach a piece of raffia, ribbon or string to the top of wreath, so it will be ready to hang when you are finished.
Add some colour to the wreath, using pine cones, holly berries, or fruit like apples. Skewer the apples with pieces of florist wire and use the wire to tie them to the wreath.
Hang the wreath on your door!
Hang the mistletoe and see what happens.
A simple combination makes a great decoration.
Simple but effective hand-made decorations.
See all 25 activities to make your own Victorian Christmas.
National Archives: Victorian Britain
History in Focus: The Victorian Era
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victorian Web
British Library: Online Exhibition: Victorian Britain
Pollock's Toy Museum
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