Weave holiday spirit throughout your house with these fresh takes on fresh greens.
Freshly foraged greens make a lovely addition to this year’s holiday decorations and gift-giving.
HOLIDAY HEARTH An airy swag crafted from myrtle stems wired together tip to end with green florists wire makes a statement against the white fireplace, above left. Packages tied up with ribbon and cording, above, get prettier with embellishments such as boxwood wreaths, ilex and evergreen sprigs, and fraser fir tassels (remove a stem’s upper needles, pinch the lower needles, and wrap the bare end in twine). For the tiny manteltop trees, left, check Christmas tree lots for treetops lopped from trees that have been cut up for greenery. Gently push each treetop into water-soaked floral foam set in a sturdy container.
FESTIVE DISPLAY Greens rise in status when showcased in frames crafted from paint stir sticks, this photo. To make frames: Leave some stick ends plain while painting others with crafts paint. Let dry. Arrange and cut sticks to desired size to create diamond shapes. Overlap ends and hot-glue together. Accent corners or painted areas by wrapping with twine, cording, or yarn; hot-glue loose ends to frame backs. Hang clusters of wired-together greens and berries (at least half as long as the frame opening) from frame backs using wire or twine. Round out the exhibit with a tabletop display featuring a cake plate piled high with glimmering ornaments and strategically stacked greenery.
LEARN ABOUT THE KINDS OF GREENS WE USEDON PAGE 13.
HAVE HOT GLUE,GREEN FLORISTS WIRE, AND TWINE ON HAND TO EASE ASSEMBLING, WRAPPING, AND DISPLAYING. WHEN HOTGLUINGGREENS TO OBJECTS, STRENGTHEN THE BOND BY HOLDING THE PIECES TOGETHER UNTILGLUE DRIES.
HOT-GLUE A FLORISTS-WIRE LOOP TO THE BACK OF EACH FRAME; HANG FRAMES FROM A NAIL OR A REMOVABLE ADHESIVE HOOK.