Stop us if we start to sound Grinch-like, but between sagging blow-up Santas and overly frosty LED light strands, holiday decor has taken a dive.
When the bells and whistles begin to grate, we appreciate the timeless simplicity of a fresh wreath that greets guests elegantly and fragrantly at the front door.
This year we’re learning to make our own at two local workshops that are sure to fill up fast.
In the ’Burbs Free tomorrow? Choose from the 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. session of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s three-hour “Merry, Berry Wreath” workshop (space still available, call 847-835-6801 to register). For $132, you’ll create a 24-inch wreath made of seasonal berried branches, which will last one to two months depending on where you hang it. (It’ll dry out faster indoors.) Bring gloves, pruners and a box for carrying home the finished product. 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe; 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org
In the City At the Ukrainian Village shop Sprout Home on December 18 at 5 p.m., take a two-hour wreath workshop ($125) in which you’ll start with a wire form and end up with a masterpiece. They’ll provide all the seasonal greens, berries, branches and sticks your DIY heart desires. No time for school? Plenty of handmade wreaths are available for purchase throughout the season. 745 N. Damen Ave.; 312-226-5950 or sprouthome.com