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Weave hol­i­day spirit through­out your house with these fresh takes on fresh greens.

Do It Yourself - - Features - PROJECTS CATHY KRAMER PHO­TOGRAPHS CAR­SON DOWN­ING WORDS ANN WIL­SON

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.

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