I’ve always wanted to make a Christmas wreath, and I’m hoping that this year I’ll actually get around to it. I’m holding off pruning a holly hedge and a sprawling conifer so that I’ll have some suitable greenery in December. While idly flicking through internet pictures of festive wreaths to see what else I’ll need, I came across a rather expensive but very attractive version made of wine corks. Now, I just happen to have a large collection of wine corks, and my dear husband has been on at me for months to do something with them or else throw them out. The plan was to make a bathroom mat by lacing them together in rows, but frankly, a wreath looked like a lot more fun.
The cork wreath that was my inspiration has a straw base wrapped in hessian (burlap). That’s all very well for an indoor wreath, but I’d like to hang mine on the front door to welcome in dinner guests and friends coming round for a glass of wine. So it needs to be waterproof. I looked around for something that could be bent into a ring and found a length of foam pipe insulation that was just under a metre long – I must have cut a bit off the end of it last time we had pipes to insulate, which was last autumn when we did our best to lag all the pipework under the house before it was rendered inaccessible by a new hardwood floor.
After some trial and error I hit on a way to curve the insulation into a ring without it kinking.
Then I just stuck corks all over it using hot melt glue. I was quite surprised to find that the glue sticks well to the foam without melting it much. Three hours and two hundred or so corks later, I have a wreath.
I may well use the pipe insulation for the base of my Christmas wreath too. If only it came in green instead of grey.