Experience Nature: Make a Fresh Foraged Wreath

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Wreaths made from fresh foraged materials are a wonderful way to make an entrance look welcoming or to jazz up a drab fence or garden shed. Here?s how to make a wreath entirely from foraged materials! Half the fun of this kind of wreath making is supply ?shopping? in your own garden!

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When we think of learning how to make a wreath, we may automatically conjure up visions of the holiday season. However, wreaths are not just for the holiday. They are a beautiful way to decorate in any season!

They bring the beauty and fragrance of the outdoors in, and are an enjoyable and meditative project to make. Plus, there are so many possibilities other than just greenery! Flowers, herbs, berries, pinecones, and even small gourds can be added to beautiful fresh wreaths for a unique statement piece.

Plus, you can also embellish your fresh wreath with other bits and pieces you might have lying around your craft room (think floaty gossamer ribbons or burlap bows) to add an interesting textural contrast to the fresh greens and flowers on the base of your wreath.

You just might make a personalized one for every season! Not to mention , , your birthday (and your dog?s birthday)?there are so many beautiful variations to try that you?ll want to make a new wreath for every occasion you can think of.

Woman foraging natural greenery in a forest

Foraging for Natural Elements

Whatever you choose to add to your wreath, take time to enjoy the process of collecting your materials out in nature. As you pick and choose which elements to harvest and add to your wreath, enjoy mindfully walking through nature and looking for the beautiful plant life that catches your eye.

If you are collecting materials from your own backyard and garden, try to look at things from a new perspective. You may just find a ton of beauty in something you never paid much attention to before.

Seed heads, evergreen branches, and even some vegetables make lovely additions. Take a slow walk around your whole yard, collecting anything and everything that tickles your fancy.

You can also forage in nature areas away from home, just be sure to choose a spot that you are allowed to take things from. Do a little research on the local ecosystem before setting out on a foraging expedition to make sure you know which plants are appropriate to harvest from.

Find out what plants are endangered and leave those ones be. It?s a good rule of thumb to always take just a little of any plant (a branch here, a seed head there) so as not to disturb the natural balance of the wild.

A forest of tall trees serves as a wonderful spot to learn how to make a wreath from foraged materials.

How to Make a Wreath

Start by following on how to make a fresh wreath using any and all evergreen branches you have on hand. You can use all the same evergreens or mix in a variety of plants.

Once you have this technique down, you can dress it up with basically anything that you have on hand. Scroll down for some ideas and let your imagination run wild! The possibilities are endless.

Fresh Foraged Wreath Inspiration

Now, check out these creative ideas for inspiration on how to customize your wreath and let your imagination run wild.

Vary the Greenery

I love the look of this one that is decked out with many different types of greenery. The various colors and textures give visual interest while keeping the overall design cohesive. For information on the best greenery to use in decor, see

Colorful wreath with pink flowers, red berries and greenery

Make a Pinecone Wreath

Wreaths can also be beautiful with no greenery at all! This is rustic with a soft, modern feel. It can also be fun to add just a few pinecones to an evergreen wreath for variation in texture and color.

Even if you don?t live in an area with pinecones, you can still make this project! Just and start crafting.

Go for Traditional Holly

A traditional wreath made entirely with holly is an old standby for a reason. give any home a touch of classic holiday decor.

Try an Edible Kitchen Wreath

This pretty is decorated entirely with . This is a great way to attractively dry herbs and to have them on hand for cooking. Just snip a few sprigs off the wreath as you need them. Plus, it makes your home smell beautiful.

herbal wreath for the kitchen with greenery on a wooden table

Choose Scented Plants for Aromatherapy

Choose plants that have a strong, pleasing scent to make a wreath that smells as good as it looks! The scent will make your home feel welcoming and give you a little lift every time you walk by.

I h using eucalyptus and incense cedar, but some other fragrant evergreens you could try are juniper, pine, and balsam.

How to make a wreath that's fragrant

Plant a Living Wreath with Succulents

You can learn how to make a wreath that grows by plantingin a grapevine wreath form. Learn to

Use a Bit of Everything

You can take bits of greenery, berries, hydrangeas, pinecones, and anything else you can dream up to create this lovely . It can be made in countless different ways depending on what you have available in your yard.

Welcome Fall with Gourds

This charming is the perfect way to decorate for fall and celebrate the harvest.

Use Hydrangeas

This looks elegant and at home during any time of year. See for instructions on how to make it, plus tips for making it last.

Hydrangea wreath on black door

These are just a few ideas that you can use to make creative wreaths, but once you know you can really come up with endless gorgeous designs. Feel free to share photos of your own creations!

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This vanilla bean lotion bar recipe is formulated specifically for the cool winter months in a cold climate. These pocket-sized lotion bars are easy to tote around and are perfect for chapped, dry hands. Plus, they smell incredible too!

DIY Vanilla bean lotion bars for the winter

The Perfect Winter Lotion Bar Recipe

are popular because they are convenient, full of healthy skin ingredients, and make wonderful gifts. If you have tried a lotion bar before and didn?t care for it, please give this winter lotion bar a chance. I have spent time testing different lotion bar recipes and this is the clear winner for moisturizing dry skin in the winter.

No Beeswax

A lotion bar for the winter is very different from a lotion bar for the summer. I?ve tried a lot of recipes and while many look beautiful, they are waxy and difficult to apply. With colder temperatures in the winter, a lotion bar with beeswax will feel more like rubbing a candle on your skin than lotion.

Instead, this recipe uses a soothing, moisturizing combination of cocoa butter and coconut oil but this recipe is ideal!

Smaller Size

The lotion bars are also much smaller as they are made in an ice cube mold, so they are easy to throw in your purse or pocket and use on the go. Because of their small size, these winter lotion bars will easily melt into your hands and give you just enough lotion to moisturize your skin with a delicious vanilla scent.

The small size makes them perfect for applying, and the oil/butter that warms your skin melts quickly. But this doesn?t make them great gifts! If you would like to make these as gifts, then , simply swapping out the calendula and lavender for vanilla as listed in this recipe.

Why Use a Winter Lotion Bar?

I have very dry skin, and in the winter it is even worse. Forced air heating, repeated sanitizing,  and hot showers strip the moisture and make my skin dry and itchy all over. Besides drinking a ton of water to hydrate from the inside, I have also found that a cocoa butter and coconut oil lotion bar combination works best for me.

They are both solid at room temperature (in the winter) and melt at body temperature. If your home isn?t too warm, you can easily keep a bunch of these lotion bars in a container and they won?t melt until they are rubbed onto your skin.

Note: in the summer, I do add beeswax to firm up the bar and hold moisture once applied.

White triangle lotion bars on a wooden board

Vanilla Bean Winter Lotion Bar Recipe

Make these lotion bars in candy or ice cube trays so they are just the right size for a few applications. An ice cube sized winter lotion bar will last two showers if I apply it to my whole body. These bars absorb quickly and leave my skin silky. They don?t leave me feeling greasy at all.

Ingredients and Materials

Makes 12 mini lotion bars

  • 55 g
  • 2 tablespoons
  • 10 drops (see below)
  • Small
  • Spatula

Vanilla Extract vs Essential Oil

is what I use for this recipe. I get asked ALL THE TIME if vanilla extract can be used in its place, but sadly, the answer is no. Vanilla sold as an essential oil is quite different from the vanilla extract used in baking.

Vanilla essential oil has an oil base, whereas vanilla extract is in alcohol. It won?t have the same results if you swap them out because only oil will combine in the lotion bar, where the alcohol will separate out.

That being said, vanilla essential oil is not truly an essential oil because it is not extracted through distillation. It can sometimes be called vanilla absolute or oleoresin as the resins of the vanilla bean are extracted through a chemical process.

If all of this is too much, you can swap the vanilla essential oil for another essential oil if you choose. and are nice for this bar.

Blue ice tray triangular mold with white vanilla lotion hardening

Make it!

  1. Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil together over medium-low heat in a (or a small pot with a pour spout). I use this pot for all of my natural skin care recipes because it is tall, has a long handle, and a spout.
  2. Stir constantly and keep a watchful eye on the lotion base. You want them to just reach the melting point and not overheat.
  3. When they have melted and combined, add the and stir well. Vanilla essential oil is dark and gives the lotion bars a vanilla bean appearance of small brown specks without adding vanilla beans.
  4. Immediately pour the lotion base into an ice cube tray. Place the tray in the refrigerator to cool for two hours, then use and enjoy!

Closeup of triangular, vanilla white lotion bars

How to Use the Lotion Bars

Melt the winter lotion bar by rubbing it in the palms of your hands. The oil/butter will melt, and you can then apply it to the rest of your skin. Easy!

How to Store

Because these lotion bars are made from soft oils, I recommend storing the finished winter lotion bars in the fridge. If your house is not too warm, they should do just fine at normal indoor temperatures. However, if you make a large batch of these, I would store the bulk in the fridge, just in case.

For many, many more natural skincare recipes and gift ideas, check out the section of the site!

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Vanilla bean WINTER lotion bar for dry skin

DIY Vanilla Lotion Bars

These petite vanilla lotion bars are specifically formulated for winter. No more waxy lotion - instead, these bars melt right in your hand to help you soothe dry, cracked skin.

Equipment

  • Turkish coffee pot or small pot with a pouring spout
  • Ice cube mold

Supplies

  • 55 grams
  • 2 tbsp
  • 10 drops   do not use vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In the Turkish coffee pot, melt together the cocoa butter and coconut oil over medium heat. Stir continually and make sure the lotion bar base does not overheat.
  • Once they are melted and combined, remove from heat and add the vanilla essential oil. Stir well.
  • Pour the lotion bar mixture into the ice cube or candy molds, then place in the fridge for 2 hours to harden.

Notes

Ideally, these lotion bars do best when stored in the fridge. However, if your house is not too warm, you can keep them at room temperature as well. 

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