There’s nothing like festive wreath-making for getting in the mood for December 1st!
Like any sensible person, I’ve successfully resisted the urge to put up my Christmas decorations until the 1st of December. It’s been a struggle, especially last Sunday when we found ourselves with no plans and an attic full of baubles and tinsel calling to us…
But now that it’s pretty much officially December, it’s definitely appropriate to start doing festive things like – y’know – listening to a random celebrity’s unnecessary Christmas album release or drinking more than one glass of wine on a week night because it’s mulled so basically juice, right?
And making wreaths!
Which is exactly what Emma and I did today at the National Trust Godolphin House.
We booked our wreath workshop a couple of weeks ago after deciding it would be the perfect Christmas craft for getting into the seasonal mood and preparing for Emma’s imminent house move. It turned out to be an absolutely stunning day, so it was also a great opportunity to take a look around the estate and gardens too.
Neither of us had ever been to Godolphin before (despite it being surprisingly close to where we both now live!). In fact I was so confused as to where it was I began our journey thinking I was going to be driving to Helston…
I was wrong. The property actually lies somewhere between Camborne and Praa Sands, but nowhere near anywhere that a person not-from-Cornwall would know… so all in all it’s hard to describe and I’m doing a terrible job at trying.
But it really is so nice to find places like this nearby, and as National Trust members it means we can visit whenever we like! Plus dogs are allowed around the woodland walks, gardens & grounds, and even the tea room – so that’s a bonus.
Anyway, back to the wreaths!
Our workshop took place in the house itself, which is only usually open to the public for 1 week each month, as the rest of the time it is used as a holiday let. It was great to get a tour around and see the beautiful restored rooms and architecture.
Between our teas, coffees, hot chocolates and a delicious lunch, we spent our day fancying around with foliage and learning how to create our Christmas wreaths using wire frames, twine, moss and natural plant clippings from around your garden (no hot glue in sight! Although the offer was there…).
I love how ours turned out – especially Emma’s! Adding in unique elements like dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, straw ribbons and wooden stars, she definitely had some festive flair going on.
I can’t wait to go back to Godolphin for a Winter walk around the woodlands and grounds with N and Pepper! It’s truly beautiful there.
And of course if you’re keen to get in the mood for Christmas and want to try your hand at making something, definitely take a look at your local National Trust house to see if they are hosting any festive craft workshops (Godolphin have one more wreath making day next Wednesday if you’re in Cornwall!).
Have you ever tried your hand at making a wreath? Comment below!
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