“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy”
Here in Northeast Alabama, the temps are dropping and the winter coats are coming out of hiding! That means one thing: we are staying inside where it’s warm! We always want our home to be a warm and inviting place for family and friends…but we want that to start before they ever step foot inside. Today, we are sharing two of our entrances with you…our front porch and the doorway to Butch’s garage that is in plain view when you come up our driveway. Butch is in charge of the outdoor Christmas decor, and I think you will agree, he does a fantastic job! Be sure to come back next Monday for a look at our fun kitchen porch! I hope you’ll feel the warmth from our hearts and home as we share them with you. I’m going to slip back inside…hot cocoa and a fire sound really nice right about now! And from our door to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas!
The fruit wreath has not been used for the past several Christmas seasons. It still looked great and seemed a perfect choice for our front door. The “Joy” rug moved from the kitchen porch this year. I have a really cute one that is at our kitchen door!
Butch’s garage is often mistaken as a guest house (you see a side view in many garden photos). He built it over 25 years ago and we knew it could be converted to a home office or for parents. Butch handles all of the major outdoor decorating including the beautiful Williamsburg fan wreath!
Over 25 years ago we saw in a magazine what was described as a Williamsburg Fan or Fruit Wreath (as best we remember). We thought it was a gorgeous and unique Christmas decoration. We decided on a place to display the fan and made one per the instructions provided. We’ve put one together and have allowed it to adorn the same spot every year since. It was necessary to customize it slightly to fit our space and perhaps you would need to do the same for your spot should you decide to make one.
The board, once made, has been used as the base for the fan every year. It’s showing some wear, mainly where we’ve stapled magnolia leaves to the same area repeatedly. But it’s still getting the job done.
To prepare the wreath each year requires 30 red apples, a pineapple, magnolia leaves, and a bottle of clear floor wax.
Our fan base is 1/2″-5/8” thick plywood, sprayed green. The board is 40 inches wide across the bottom and has a height of about 13 inches to the fan top in the center.
Long finishing nails have been placed on the board, one for each apple and three in the center for supporting the pineapple. A small eye hook is also in the center near the top to complete securing the pineapple with a cable tie.
The top rows of nails are approximately 1 1/2 inches from the edge, with each side having seven nails. The rows are then two rows of 5, and two rows of 3 with the rows being around 3 to
3 1/2 inches apart. A spare board (without greenery) is shown to give a better idea of how the nails are arranged.
Some artificial greenery was permanently added to cover the face of the fan, leaving room for the pineapple and a bit of space around each nail for an apple. You may also decide to cut fresh greenery each year instead of using artificial. Just sprig it between the fruit after you are finished.
We empty the floor wax into a small bucket and then coat the leaves, apples, and pineapple with the wax to make them shiny and offer some protection from the elements. A day of drying and they are ready to be placed on the board.
We have a permanent hook above our door and the back of the fan has a heavy duty “D” ring attached which is made for the back of a picture frame.
Thank you sweet friends for your visits and be sure to come back on Monday to see our kitchen porch dressed to welcome family and friends!
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