Wreath Greens — What to Clip, Scavenge and Bring to the Workshop

Help us make beautiful Pathfinder wreaths by bringing items in from your home, your neighbors and your favorite Christmas tree lot.

The wreath fundraiser is off to an excellent start! On Friday, we raised $700 from selling 22 wreaths at the Elders Lunch. Thank you to the 5th grade and Kindergarten parents who made so many beautiful wreaths at our first class nights last week, and to those who’ve come into the workshop on their own to craft beauties that we could sell at the lunch and the next two Sunday Farmers Markets.

Please Bring Greenery to the Workshop

These upcoming Farmers Markets are among our most lucrative, so we need lots of organic material to make more. All Pathfinder wreaths are 100% homemade and unique — we need you to bring in fallen or pruned branches of your evergreens, clipped berries, dried flowers, seed pods and much more.

We need a steady supply of green stuff and pretty stuff now through December 12. Starting December 2, we will have four to five class nights each week, so mid-week drop-offs are very welcome.

You can watch our How-to-Make-a-Wreath Video to see examples of what kinds of greens and ornamentals we need or read on for examples of what to bring!

Basic Wreath Greens

To the left are basic filler for wreaths; to the right are examples of greens that provide depth and texture.

Every wreath is built primarily from fir, pine, spruce, arborvitae and other evergreens. Weird and unusual kinds happily accepted! And we need LOADS and LOADS of these. Do you purchase a Christmas tree from a lot outside of Seattle? If so, please ask if they have a pile of clean green clippings and discards that you can bring home. Enchanted Winds in Issaquah is one tree farm that has donated these.

Locally, McClendons, Lowes, Home Depot and sometimes Tony’s have had piles that we can sweep up and bring to the workshop.

You can also scavenge fallen branches. Take a walk at a park and bring a bag. If we have a windstorm, walk the neighborhood and pick up boughs. Do a bit of pruning at your house — or ask a neighbor with an overgrown hedge. And keep it coming…

Leaves from deciduous bushes

The wonderful world of leaves! Notice how each of these plants could add texture, color and scent.

What plants in your yard don’t lose their leaves? Glossy leaves from an overgrown camellia, long skinny heavenly bamboo, variegated bushes, hebe, salal. Be creative! These are the kind of plants that make our wreaths stand out.


Berries add color and pop to the wreaths. Purple beautyberry is especially coveted.

Pathfinder wreaths are definitely enhanced by the use of berries. Holly, of course, is a good stand-by. Holly without the pointy edges is very coveted. But don’t limit yourself with holly. Our wreath-makers actually prefer a bunch of other berries — red, orange, purple, blue, green. Any berry you clip, as long as it doesn’t fall off the stem, will happily be used.

Dried Items

Dried cones, seedpods, flowers and grasses make excellent accents.

Cones (especially if attached to a branch or with a stem), seedpods, dried flowers and grasses are all wonderful items to include in wreaths. We even use interestingly shaped or colored sticks. Be creative, and don’t shy away from weeds. Wreath-makers will find a use for all of these goodies.