As winter descends upon us, is there anything more reassuring than the sight of bright winter berries? They provide color to the landscape, food to birds, and a warm welcome to your guests...
There are many lovely faux-berry wreath options, but I've limited my selections to real berries, whether dried or fresh. Enjoy!
- Just look at this stunner- I cannot get over the beauty of this ilex berry wreath. It was created by ILA of Italy, and as someone who works with flowers & berries & branches, I am humbled. So simple, so perfect. There's no straightforward "buy it right now" link for me to give you, but ILA's English website is here, their amazing Flickr account is here, and when I emailed them pleading for permission to use this image, they wrote back right away.
- Emily Thompson hand-makes gorgeously spare wreaths in her Brooklyn studio- they are stunning, and they are expensive. This wonderfully wild rosehip wreath is the most affordable, at $115, but I want all of them.
- Design*Sponge's Amy Merrick has an excellent tutorial for creating a rosehip & bittersweet wreath, with grasses, pomegranates, and persimmons thrown in for good measure. I love bittersweet but as Amy warns, "since bittersweet is a wicked, wicked invasive, be sure to take precautions to avoid spreading growth when the season is through".
- Terrain lets the bittersweet shine on its own with this witchy handmade wreath. Very tempting indeed...
- Tall Cotton 'n Peas packs the tallow berries in tight for this wreath/candle ring. Snowy!
- Creekside Farms creates reasonably priced wreaths like this tallow berry beauty, and points out that "dried tallow berries will last for years with minimal dusting as its only upkeep".
- They also made this sweet pink pepperberry wreath- I LOVE the smell of pepperberries.
- Silvery Moon Farms made this winterberry wreath that weighs five pounds. That is a lot of berries.
- Martha Stewart has a pepperberry wreath tutorial, but be warned: you'll need a huge amount of pepperberries. 20-25 bunches are recommended, and bunches don't come cheap. But they do come pretty!
(All images as credited above.)