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.
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.
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:
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:
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
Lovely bright berries add a great splash of colour. Add them to your wreath sparingly for the best effects.
Again a touch of imagination will see you using all sorts of things. There are no rules.
All sorts of things can be used to decorate your wreaths:
Some people like to have their wreaths absolutely covered in decorations. For others less is more.
Don't forget that table decorations like these can also be good sellers
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.
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!
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.
Don't forget the Mistletoe!
Rather than making or selling wreaths why not turn it into a workshop. Participants pay to come along and spend a happy couple of hours with other people making a wreath with materials supplied by you.
A cup of tea or coffee (or something stronger) and a mince pie turn it into a fun pre-Christmas activity.
Check out our Christmas Wreaths 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.