How to make Greek laurel wreaths

Written by gryphon adams | 13/05/2017
How to make Greek laurel wreaths
Laurel leaves are a traditional symbol of victory. (Getty Creative)

In Greek mythology, Apollo, the Greek god of healing and the arts, among many other talents, is represented wearing a crown of laurel wreath. The Greeks awarded wreaths to winners of athletic competitions and associated different plants used for wreaths with different gods, according to the J. Paul Getty Museum's website. In honour of Apollo, the term "poet laureate" signifies a person's exemplary skills in poetry and language. Making a laurel wreath with natural and craft materials offers a crowning touch for a Greek costume or an educational project.

Bend a piece of wire into either a circle or horseshoe shape to fit on your head. To make a circular laurel wreath, wind one end of the wire around the other end three times. For a horseshoe-shaped wreath, squeeze the two ends of the wire toward each other. Use pliers to bend each end of the wire back as a loop. This makes the wreath safer to wear.

Wrap the wire with green floral tape. Cover the wire ends with two or three layers of floral tape so they won't scratch you when you wear the wreath. Cut the tape.

Cut lengths of laurel cuttings (stems and leaves) to fit on the wreath. For a circular wreath, wrap floral tape around the end of the laurel cutting and the wire. Wrap each cutting all the way around the wire circle, making sure the leaves are pointing outward. Add one or two more lengths of laurel cuttings to make the wreath thicker.

For a horseshoe-shaped wreath, tape the ends of the laurel cuttings to the middle of the wire's curve. Wrap the laurel lengths, making sure the tips of the leaves are pointing toward the opening of the wire horseshoe. Alternatively, tape individual leaves along the wire, with their points all aiming toward the opening. Overlap the leaves so that they cover the wire. Though originated by the Greeks, the Romans also wore this style of wreath.

Things you need

  • Wire coat hanger or other strong, bendable wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Green floral tape
  • Laurel leaves, also known as bay leaves

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