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Simply Southwest

Author: By Nancy Erdmann
Issue: December, 2015, Page 88
Photography by Garrett Cook

FOREVER GREEN
A reclaimed door from Europe is appropriately adorned with the traditional-style Sandra wreath. Adding interest to layers of salt grass, eucalyptus leaves, branches and sage are dried seed pod accents.
A Local Artisan Handcrafts Holiday Wreaths Inspired by the Sonoran Desert Landscape

A timeless symbol of the holiday season, wreaths offer a warm welcome to family and friends and help set the mood. They can be a prelude on an outdoor entry to a decorated interior, serve as a focal point over a fireplace or highlight the centerpiece of a festive tabletop display. While traditionally made with fresh greens, options abound, with many designs serving as year-round decor.

But while wreaths are ubiquitous this time of year, local designer Kris Ginter takes them to a whole new, creative level—Southwest style. The results are beautiful, handcrafted organic works of art made from eucalyptus leaves, olive sprigs and other foliage that she gathers throughout the year.

Each twig and leaf is carefully tucked into a burlap- and hemp-wrapped foam frame. Ginter accents the wreaths with varying combinations of chili peppers, dried fruit, garlic and colorful botanicals, then applies a clear-coat finish to protect them from the elements. Ideal for indoors or out, they’re both insect and moisture resistant, these artistic wreaths will make a bold statement long past the end of the December holidays.

Perfect for gift giving or adorning your own home, Ginter’s wreaths range in size from 12 to 30 inches in diameter and are priced at $50 to $160. They can be ordered through her company, The Wise Wreath, or through a number of Valley businesses. Allow seven to 10 working days for completion.

NATURAL BEAUTY
The soft white color of flowerlike seed pods pops against the seasonal red of dried chili peppers in this all natural Elena wreath of wheat grasses and golden and green corn maze. Beautiful on an antique door, it will also work well in a contemporary setting.



TONE ON TONE
A medley of eucalyptus leaves, olive sprigs, corn husks, bean pods and dried grasses are hand woven into the Sondos wreath. Adding a holiday vibe are accents of pine cones and red-bean flower clusters.


COLOR CRAZE
Vibrant tufts of dyed corn maze and wheat grass create a colorful collage that forms the base of the Sophia wreath. Guajillo chili peppers tucked here and there add Southwest flavor.



SCENE STEALER
Hung on a simple door, Delphina is a standout with its dried chili peppers forming a circle of red over a base of colorful salt grass, dried corn maze and wheat grasses.


TONE ON TONE
A medley of eucalyptus leaves, olive sprigs, corn husks, bean pods and dried grasses are hand woven into the Sondos wreath. Adding a holiday vibe are accents of pine cones and red-bean flower clusters.



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