Foraging is increasingly becoming a mainstream trend, with urban explorers taking to local parks, neighborhoods and even their own backyards to harvest goodies from nature to use in cooking or decorating. Whether it’s mushrooms for a recipe or foraged plants to turn into artwork, many people have a desire to pick things with their own two hands and have a deeper connection to the outdoors.
This is how Cassie Fellows has felt her entire life. As the owner and floral designer of Foraged Blooms, Fellows applies a wild, foraged style when creating just-harvested masterpieces for weddings and events. She says, “I've been gathering flowers and foliage to make different things since I was young. Even in college, I would make notes during plant identification courses on which plants I thought would work well in floral designs and wreaths. I love working with the elements around me.”
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Her approach suits the trend toward a natural and perfectly imperfect look. Fellows, who teaches wreath workshops, has plenty of tips for beginner and experienced foragers alike who wish to craft wreaths for the holiday season and beyond. “Foraged wreaths are perfect for every time of year and can be created with what’s growing around you,” says Fellows. “It’s an amazing way to be in tune with the seasons and bring nature indoors.”
The below wreaths made by inventive Instagrammers can serve as inspiration, dotted with advice from Fellows to enhance your wreath-making experience.