Christmas can be such a busy time with many demands on us. There is so much to do with the extra shopping, cooking and socialising that the joy of Christmas can be lost in the stress. Wouldn’t it be lovely to combine one of your Christmas tasks with an activity that brings you peace and happiness?
Emma Malthouse helps you do exactly that with her workshops that use living plants to create beautiful sustainable Christmas decorations for your own home or as a thoughtful gift. The process of making either a living wreath or kokedama (living plant ball) has many therapeutic properties. Research shows that just looking at greenery is beneficial for your mental health, said Emma.
“I would like to say that I am a green thumb but I’m not, I have just experienced what life can throw at you and discovered the healing power of gardening.”
“When it comes to creating a living wreath or kokedama you get to connect with your creative side as well as re-fuelling your mental health and wellbeing.”
“Taking a piece of that creativity home with you is a bonus” Emma said.
Living wreaths are made from natural materials where living plants have been bound with organic resources to attach to the wreath. Kokedamas are similar but a ball shape is formed to hang from a vantage point. Emma said that they are simple to make once you have been shown.
“The plants used require minimal maintenance and care so they can continue to grow naturally as a beautiful display.”
“It’s a real sensory experience whilst learning a new skill.”
“What better gift than one which continues to grow” Emma said.
The cost is $65 for the Living Wreath Workshop; $55 for the Kokedama Workshop (take home two kokedamas) - this includes all materials and light refreshments.
Book for the Wreath Workshop at www.stickytickets.com.au
- search for Christmas Living Wreath Workshop.For more information see Craft by the Bay Facebook page.Living Wreath WorkshopTuesday 17 December, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Kokedama Workshop Thursday 19 December, 6.30pm-8.30pmWomenspace11 Second Avenue, Sandgate