Woodland Botanical Wreaths * A Make-n-Take

The found objects of nature become amazing creations - made by you!

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Saturday, October 22   *  1 to 3:30 pm
Near West Stockholm (7.5 mi. from Potsdam.)
Limited to 6 participants, sign up soon!

Local artisan Carol Simpson creates these beautiful, natural wreaths from found botanical objects in the woods and fields of the North Country.  She says: "I love playing with natural materials. I find all of these seed heads so interesting and beautiful.  I hope that the wreaths exhibit the beauty and diversity of material that is usually overlooked and stimulate the appreciation of nature's beauty all around us, right down to the 'weeds'!" 

Carol will share with you how you can make these beautiful 6" to 12" or larger wreaths, including soaking and drying techniques and much more.  Don't think you're creative or artistic?  This is the workshop for you, with beautiful results so easily achieved!  Everyone will enjoy this "make-n-take" workshop, and will go home with their own creation, as well as the ability to make many more.

Carol moved to the North Country from Philadelphia, Pa. in 1982. While walking through the woods and fields she discovered the diversity of forms, shapes and beauty of wild flowers and grasses and their seed-heads.  She began experimenting on what was dry-able and would maintain color without falling apart. Her favorite is the milkweed pod!  She began weaving grapevines into wreaths and decorating them with the native botanicals from her woods walks. 

Carol shares with us that: "...one need not “be creative” to compose a wreath. All you need is a playful attitude and know what you like as you choose materials and how to bunch and juxtaposition them. And there are plenty of completed wreaths to give you inspiration.  Many of these plants are growing all over, but go mostly un-noticed, especially in our busy culture. Others are in many North Country gardens. Arranging the materials together exhibits their complexity and diversity, and expands ones appreciation of the beauty of Mother Nature’s gifts. Sharing this appreciation creates more joy in my life."


  • A good pair of utility scissors is helpful to bring - we may have some extra pairs, but they may be in some demand.
  • This is a "hands-on" event so bring your aprons if you got 'em!  :-)
  • Some components involve using hot glue (provided), so dress accordingly please.
  • Work will be performed in an unheated garage space, please dress warmly.  There will be a "rain date" if the weather is too chilly but it is forecast to be just about or below 60 degrees.

  • For this unique learning experience, a $22 general public, $40 couple/family of two, $10 student donation is requested for material costs, to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation.
  • Every participant will leve with a beautiful creation from materials Carol has collected and prepared for use.
  • Donations can be made by cash or check to "Local Living Venture" and will be collected on site during registration. Reduced Rate / Scholarships are available upon request.
  • Please note that our generous Presenters are volunteers donating their time to support the Local Living Venture, and this is a major means of support for our community organization.

  • Class size is limited so attendees need to RSVP please.
  • Contact LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or (315) 347-4223.
  • Please advise us of the workshop name, your name(s), phone numbers (where we can reach you that day), and number in party.
  • Email confirmation with all details, including directions, will be sent to you within 24-48 hours.


These beautiful and whimsical wreaths are also available for purchase, please see this page!

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October 22nd, 2016 1:00 PM   through   3:30 PM
West Stockholm, NY 13696
United States

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