In December, tenants got into the festive spirit by participating in our design and decorate a Christmas wreath competition. Over the month social committees from our sheltered schemes organised Christmas decoration parties and they got together to create wreaths as well as adorn their Christmas trees. The creative wreaths were displayed in communal lounges for all to admire.
This year there were three prizes for the most creative and original wreaths. The criteria for judging the wreath competition winners was: Originality, Creativity and the use of following required items: Three colour coordination, a theme, and mixed media handmade decorations. Extra points were given for use of recyclable, environment-friendly (bio degradable) materials.
In first place, Dashwood Court with ‘Star Gaze’ (main picture above). The wreath was handmade using paper which was first measured then cut, then rolled then stapled together. Each roll had at least 10 sequins that were applied by hand, these were reused from an old piece of clothing. Three tiers of paper rolls made the wreath look thick and three dimensional.
One of the judges commented, ‘For me, Dashwood Court surely has the crown. It tops with clear originality and creativity, and it also meets the specified criteria in terms of recycling and colour combination.’
In second place, Wolstenholme with ‘A festive garden’. The tenants made their wreath from an old hose pipe from the communal garden as the frame.They picked all the foliage from the garden and reused all of last years hand made decorations. They intend to recycle this frame again next year.
One judge commented, ’It looks very festive and I love that it’s made from recycled hosepipe and vegetation from the garden. It looks full, traditional and festive and ethical!’
Third place St Barnabas Court with ‘A Festive Garden Wreath’. The talented tenant design team used holly, ivy, rowan, hydrangea and leylandii leaves from the communal garden for the green background and decorated it with handmade flowers. The stars were made from paper and sweet wrappers to add the red and white colours.
Unfortunately there was no information provided on how the team made this wreath or what materials they used so it scored low against the criteria.
However, this wreath did look spectacular!
One of the judges commented, ’Lovely use of colours and very festive. I’m shocked this wasn’t store bought. It’s simply gorgeous!’
Activities Coordinator Ekky Archibong said, ‘Thank you to all the tenants who took part and to the staff and judges who supported the competition. It is a win for everyone as this activity enabled people to get together, having fun while being creative.’