To prolong the life of your evergreen Christmas wreath or decorations, keep them cool and out of direct sunlight. For all evergreen products used indoors, keep away from heat sources or forced air. NEVER PLACE A WREATH BETWEEN STORM DOORS! THIS WILL CREATE A GREENHOUSE EFFECT AND “COOK” THE WREATH.
Wreaths and swags:
- Location: Wreaths and swags can be placed indoors or outdoors. All of our decorations and ribbon are waterproof or weather resistant. If placed outdoors, avoid locations that receive direct sunlight, especially in warmer climates.
If you keep your wreath indoors, avoid placing it near heat sources, such as above heaters or active fireplaces, or in the direct draft of a heat register or fan. Because the air is much drier indoors, we recommend that you mist it with water every few days to keep it fresh and fragrant and to keep the reindeer moss soft and fluffy.
- Dropping needles: It’s normal for your wreath or swag to drop a small amount of needles, or “sprills” over the course of its life. This sprilling should be minimal and should not affect the appearance or longevity of the wreath. It’s very rare for a wreath to drop needles excessively, affecting the appearance of the product, but if this happens, contact us and we’ll send a replacement free of charge.
- Drying: All wreaths will begin to dry out over time, regardless of where they are kept and how they are cared for. However, due to a natural process that the fir undergoes to prepare for winter, the needles will remain green and attached to the wreath long after drying. It’s not unusual for wreaths to last for several months, still looking beautiful after the branches have completely dried! If you feel that your wreath is drying prematurely, be sure it isn’t near a heat source or moving air, such as near a heater register. Spritzing the wreath with water every couple of days will help delay the drying process.
- Scent: Like a real Christmas tree, the wonderful scent of the Balsam Fir will begin to fade over time. When this happens, you can “freshen” it up by crushing some of the needles, vigorously “fluffing” and scrunching the branches a little bit, or even scraping the branches on the back of the wreath with a fork or other instrument. This all helps release more of the natural essential oils that give Balsam Fir that aroma we love so much.
- Preparation: Remove the candle holders from the centerpiece and firmly insert the candles into the holders, giving them a slight twist to get them in tight. Carefully place the candle holders back into the holes they came from, ensuring that they are secure and stable. Add water to the tray until the foam is fully saturated.
- Watering: It’s important to keep the oasis foam wet at all times to prevent premature drying of the centerpiece. Check every two days, or more often as necessary, by feeling the foam with your finger or lifting the centerpiece to gauge its weight. If it feels “light”, it probably needs water. Too much water is better than not enough water.
- FIRE SAFETY: NEVER LEAVE THE CANDLES BURNING UNATTENDED!! Keep a close eye on the candles – when they have burned down to the level of the evergreens, it’s time to replace them. Hint: You can trim the greens a little bit around the candles to get a little more out of them. Do not allow your centerpiece to dry out, as this significantly increases the likelihood of combustion. Keep children away from burning candles at all times.
Box of Greens:
- Care of the greens will depend on how they are used. We recommend placing them in water whenever possible to prolong their life and to keep them fresh. If you won’t be using them right away, keep them in the box and store in a cool location. Refrigeration is not necessary.
- Choking hazard: All of our products contain small parts or items that may present a choking hazard. Keep all items out of reach of children.
- The horse chestnuts we use on some of our wreaths are not the edible kind, and can be toxic if ingested. DO NOT EAT THE NUTS.