Winter Wonder Wednesday

Crafting Memories: Handmade wreath making unites university community at Medway by Josna Lawrence, MSc Project Management, Medway Campus


As winter descends upon the university campus, a delightful tradition unfolds, bringing together students and faculty in a burst of creativity and festive spirit. Handmade wreath making has become an annual tradition, transforming the campus into a haven of holiday cheer. The event, hosted in a cozy communal space, served as a unique opportunity for the university community to take a break from the rigors of academic life and engage in a shared artistic endeavour.

The air was filled with an array of decorative elements as participants gather around tables adorned with an assortment of crafting materials. The atmosphere buzzes with laughter, chatter, and the sound of rustling leaves as hands eagerly dive into the sea of colours and textures. Guided by enthusiastic volunteers, students and staff alike channel their creativity into crafting personalized wreaths. The room became a kaleidoscope of colours, with individuals choosing from an eclectic array of ribbons, ornaments, and aromatic additions to infuse their wreaths with unique character. Some opt for a classic and elegant design, while others embrace the opportunity to experiment with avant-garde combinations that reflect their personalities.

The process became a shared journey, fostering a sense of camaraderie and unity within the university community which include students from three universities together. Conversations flow effortlessly, forging connections that extend beyond academic discourse.

Once completed, the wreaths became more than just decorative items; they became tangible symbols of the unity and creativity thriving within the university campus. Participants proudly showcased their handiwork on dormitory doors and office entrances, transforming the campus into a living gallery of festive artistry. Amidst the wreath-making festivities, a selfie booth beckons participants to capture candid moments of joy and creativity. From goofy poses to heartfelt smiles, these selfies become cherished mementos, encapsulating the camaraderie forged during this festive tradition.

In the midst of exams and deadlines, the handmade wreath-making tradition provided a moment of respite, allowing the university community to collectively embrace the holiday season with a sense of shared accomplishment and joy. It is a testament to the power of communal creativity and the ability of simple, handmade gestures to foster a spirit of togetherness that transcends the academic setting.