How to make a wreath, Strawbery Banke-style
Here is a guide to making your own Strawbery Banke-style cone and sumac wreath, courtesy of the museum's curator of historic landscapes, John Forti.
-- Pine or spruce cones
-- Red staghorn sumac seed heads (Staghorn sumac and poison sumac are not the same; poison sumac is very rare and has white seed clusters that are not easily confused with the red staghorn seed heads.)
-- Small pieces of evergreen filler
-- Wire wreath frame of any size (available at most craft supply stores)
-- Take a walk in nature with family and friends to gather botanicals.
-- Find cones and seed clusters of a similar size and length.
-- Create a strong wire loop to hang the wreath before adding botanicals.
-- Pre-cut two appropriately sized pieces of wire to secure each cone/cluster to the inner and outer cross wires of the wreath frame.
-- Secure wires tightly and discreetly behind the scales or seeds to hide the wire.
-- Continue the pattern until the wreath has come full circle.
-- Hang the wreath and enjoy for the season!