Making a Williamsburg {Wreath}


Today, I am going to show you how to make a "Williamsburg" wreath. We use to live in Northern VA and I loved going down to Old towne Alexandria and looking at the Christmas decorations. It looks like it came right out of the early 1800's. With fresh pineapple and apple wreaths everywhere you turn!

Well, after much trying and retrying through the years..what works...what DOESN'T work (especially when using real fruit)! I came up with this...

So this is what you need:

hammer and nails

fresh fruit( apples, oranges and a pineapple--all of these need to be halved)

a piece of thin metal or 1/2 inch wood (I have even used a paint stick...it works)

You take your metal and put 5 nails spread apart to fit a pineapple in the middle then an apple and orange on both sides. I also put a nail on top of the right and left side...then take the nail out to have holes.

Take wire and put through the holes and tie around your wreath.

Or even better if hanging on a gate or fence ...go through the fence and tie on the back to the fence for more "security".

Halve your fruit. I recommend you hollow out your pineapple b/c it will be WAY to heavy.

Stick your fruit on the nails...usually the pineapple goes in the middle. It can be a bit messy or juicy but with patience it will work and look great! What is really pretty is putting a {flood light} on it at night..it looks so pretty!

Tomorrow, I am going to show you a "swag" I did with garland and one pineapple...super easy!

34 comments:

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Gorgeous! What an awesome idea! The pics were very colorful and inspiring too!

April said...

That is so pretty...I LOVE IT!

Laura Trevey said...

so beautiful!! nothing like a real wreath :)


xoxo Laura

Tricia Anne said...

Your wreath is beautiful. The fresh fruit reminds me of the 1800's! :o) When I was a child, my step mom put an apple and an orange in our stockings!
Such simpler times. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

The Mommyologist said...

That is beautiful! My parents lived in Old Town Alexandria for many years and I used to love visiting there, especially around the holidays. What a great town!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Very pretty! That is something I will definitely miss once we move from New England. Fruit everywhere at Christmas time. So lovely!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

That is beautiful...I have never seen anything like that-

Lindsey said...

What a great project, loves it!

Lisa & Gerald said...

Beautiful...never seen one like that before...

Dawn said...

it is lovely!

our first married christmas we went to williamsburg... so beautiful during the holidays!

Nancy said...

What a great idea. So cute. Real wreaths smell so much better than the dusty,musty ones from the attic! Cute..... I always love pineapples too.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sandy, this looks GREAT! What a wonderful idea. You've got this down, girlfriend. It is beautiful.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog....what a great project!

Darlene said...

That is beautiful!!

Joanna said...

Just beautiful! I have never seen a wreath with fruit but it looks great!

Mrs Montoya said...

That's darling! Thanks for the step by step!

Jboo said...

That is really pretty! I'm afraid all the squirrels in my neighbor would think I was throwing them a party with real fruit! :)

Janet

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Great tutorial~ I love how it turned out!

Robin~♥

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Love this! It is Georgeous.

the undomesticated wife said...

I love this!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

That is beautiful! I love it!

lemonologie said...

Beautiful wreath. You did a great job.

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Smelling Coffee said...

Beautiful!

Fearless Nester said...

Love the look of this wreath. Great photos...love how it looks on the wooden fence too!

Mari said...

That's a really pretty wreath! I know the pineapple means welcome, so it's a nice addition to the Christmas wreath.

Ruth said...

It looks beautiful. I have always wondered how the got the pineapples to not weigh down the gorgeous wreaths.

Ruth

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

you are your pineapples

Christa said...

Have never seen or even heard of this type of wreath before. Thanks for the tutorial. It is beautiful and so natural.

bevysblog said...

My BFF lives in Williamsburg, and I love, love, love visiting her. Especially around the holidays. The decorations are so beautiful. Perhaps next year, I will be inspired to make one - or maybe this!

Katie said...

I love that idea so cute. I love pinapple stuff.

Kacey R. said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this wreath! My parents live in Williamsburg, my Aunt in Alexandria. Both are beautiful places!

LuLu said...

I have always loved the Williamsburg wreath... we used to live in Alexandria too!!! and it was my favorite part of Christmas seeing them on all the doors... but I had never known how to make one! OH my goodness is so pretty!!!
xo,
LuLu

Jeanneoli said...

I love that you showed how to do this! I used to live in DC and later Arlington....we were engaged at 219 in Old Town Alexandria. I miss seeing these wreaths!!!

Liz said...

Very pretty!