Give a plain fresh wreath a garden-grown personality by using what you can find in your own tool shed--an old or new trowel, small terra-cotta pots, and a narcissus bulb that's already finished blooming are all you need to create a wreath with character.
- Purchased evergreen wreath
- Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
- 2 small green apples
- Old garden trowel
- Fresh or dried artemisia
- Chinese tallow-tree berries
- Preserved green oak leaves
- Fresh rosemary
- Medium-gauge florist's wire
- Leftover paperwhite narcissus bulb
- 3 miniature flowerpots
1. Cut the artemisia stems into pieces that are slightly shorter than the longest evergreen branches in the wreath. Apply hot glue to the bottom portion of the artemisia stems and insert them into the evergreens. The stems should point in the same direction so the artemisia leads the eye clockwise around the wreath.
2. Glue bunches of Chinese tallow-tree berries (also called popcorn berries) into the wreath in the same way. Add preserved oak leaves and fresh rosemary for contrasting textures.
3. Use florist's wire to attach the trowel to one side of the wreath. Wire the narcissus bulb at an angle above the trowel, and cover the wire with a raffia bow.
4. Wire the miniature flowerpots to the opposite half of the wreath. Wedge small green apples into two of the pots. If you use a pot with no hole, you can drill one using a masonry bit at slow speed.
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