Fundraising Christmas Wreaths

Fundraising Christmas wreaths are a great addition
To the Christmas Fair

Making and selling fundraising Xmas wreaths is a great way to keep your charity fundraising efforts on track over the Winter Holidays. If you get yourself set up properly they are simple to do, inexpensive to make, and can bring in a fair bit of cash.

The idea of a welcome wreath of evergreens dates back to Roman times, when a garland of leaves was thought to bring good luck. Wreaths of evergreen leaves such as yew, holly and ivy are also symbols of life seeing people through the cold winter to the renewal of the Spring.

For Christians too the use of prickly holly with its blood red berries is also held to be a reminder of the crown of thorns Jesus wore on the cross.

Fundraising Christmas wreaths - the basics

There are all sorts of ways to go about making a wreath. Choose the method that will work for you or your group with the materials you have at your disposal.

The Frame

All Christmas fundraising wreaths need a basic framework as a base for the decoration. These can be bought from craft or florist shops or you can easily make your own. There are 3 main types:

  • Circles of styrofoam or oasis - available from craft supply stores. Easy to use but expensive.
  • Circles of wire - shop bought ones tend to have an inner and outer ring. For the cost conscious twisted wire or old coat hangers can be easily adapted. Use 2 loops side by side joined in a couple of places with tape or wire, to allow you to poke some of your foliage in between.
  • Circles of thin sticks or vines - twisted and joined in a loop.

Foliage

The whole point of a wreath is the evergreen foliage symbolising the new growth of the Spring to come.

Twist the foliage in and out of your framwork. If necessary tie it in with florist wire. Commonly used evergreens are:

  • Ivy
  • Holly
  • Fir
  • Yew
Holly Christmas Wreath

Use your imagination though and use anything you can get that will look good. Mahonia and Skimmia add leaves and berries. Bay is classy and smells nice. Eucalyptus can add a lovely grey touch. Long fronds of Rosemary smell lovely and give your fundraising wreaths a great swishy

Berries

Lovely bright berries add a great splash of colour. Add them to your wreath sparingly for the best effects.

  • Holly - classic red berries.
  • Snowberry - has a white berry with a pinkish hue and looks a bit like snow.
  • Viburnam - some viburnams have lovely orange berries in the winter.
  • Rose Hips - either from the garden or the hedgerow, beautiful orange red hips really stand out.

Again a touch of imagination will see you using all sorts of things. There are no rules.

Decoration

All sorts of things can be used to decorate your wreaths:

  • Pine cones
  • Small dried fruits
  • Raffia bows
  • Small baubles
  • Shells
  • Small christmas tree decorations.

Some people like to have their wreaths absolutely covered in decorations. For others less is more.

Christmas wreath with fir cones
Christmas wreath with dried oranges
Xmas wreath

Variations

Don't forget that table decorations like these can also be good sellers

Xmas-wreath-with-candle

Alternative fundraising Christmas wreaths

This is the Modern World

Either go really chic and classy by using modern materials in a magnificent, contemporary, take on a wreath.

Or score some Greenie Points by coming up with a fantastic eco-design made of throwaway bits and pieces such as corks, old cds, bottle tops, bits of material etc.

Candy Wreath

A real hit with the kids. Candy wreaths are draped all over in sweets. Best hung indoors - You don't want the postman helping himself!

Alternative fundraising Christmas wreaths

Feed the Birds

Look after our feathered friends this winter. Thread peanuts (still in their shells) all around a loop of wire. Looks great hanging on the Christmas Bird Table.


Extras

Don't forget the Mistletoe!

Selling Christmas Mistletoe

Check out our Christmas Wreathes Pinterest Page


So have fun making and selling your fundraising Christmas wreaths. If you have some good ideas of your own we'd love to hear them.

In the meantime get busy making your wreaths
Its nearly time for the Christmas Bazaar.


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