Harvest Home

Hang this wreath for Thanksgiving, then give it a Christmas accent with a big red bow.
Harvest Home Wreath If critters find the vegetables
irresistible, just pull out the
nibbled pieces and insert fresh
ones on bamboo skewers.

The potatoes and onions will last at least a month, and the corn will dry in place. You may need to replace the carrots after about a week.

What You Need:

  • 24-inch wire-reinforced wreath form (available from a floral supply shop)
  • Pruning shears or utility scissors
  • 5- or 6-inch-long woven basket with handle
  • Assorted fresh greenery
  • Fresh vegetables: sweet corn, potatoes, onions, carrots
  • Bamboo skewers or wooden floral picks
  • Medium-gauge floral wire
  • Pinecones
  • Mixed nuts

Instructions:

Step 1 Step 1

1. Use pruning shears or utility scissors to cut off the handle of the basket. Push the handle ends into the front of the wreath form at the top to make a perch for birds.

Step 2 Step 2

2. Use floral wire to attach the basket to the front of the wreath form at the bottom.

Step 3 Step 3

3. Cut the stem ends of fresh greenery at an angle to make a point. Starting at the top and working toward the bottom, insert the stem ends into one-half of the foam wreath base, making sure the stem ends all point in the same direction. Repeat to cover the other half.

Step 4 Step 4

4. Use bamboo skewers or wooden floral picks to attach the vegetables to the wreath, referring to the photo for placement. Fill in around the vegetables with additional greenery and pinecones. Fill the basket with nuts.

Freshness Counts

  • Check a wreath for freshness as you would a Christmas tree. Shake it gently to make sure it doesn't drop needles. Bend a branch tip between your fingers to see if the needles are firm but pliable, and give the wreath the sniff test -- it should smell strongly fragrant.
  • Wreaths made from freshly cut evergreens should last up to a month (fir will last even longer). Since cool temperatures and high humidity help keep the greenery in good condition, outdoor locations are perfect for displaying wreaths.