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Wednesday
Nov302011

Fresh holly wreath

As we were raking and bagging the mountains of leaves on our front lawn last weekend, we decided, on a whim (why not now?!) to prune our very overgrown holly bushes. In the now (almost exactly!) seven years we have lived in this house, we have only taken a clipper to these bushes a few times. And when we did, it was only to trim a few small springs of berried branches for our Christmas table. It was due for a real trim.

Now that we have a mountain of holly branches, why not make a wreath or two...

'Tis the season, after all.

Luckily, I already had a spool of some green floral wire (found in the kids beading box:)

After cutting some of the branches into manageable sizes, I also cut some small lengths of the wire with the same clippers, and was ready to start. 

Since I didn't have a wire form or foam substrate, I chose one of the longest branches and bent it into a large circle and secured it with the floral wire. Then I just started adding branches where they fit, following their slight natural curves.

And before I knew it, it was a wreath. 

I even had enough to make a smaller one for one of our glass doors inside...

With the green foliage and the red berries, I think they are beautiful as they are, but you could always add a ribbon or even evergreen sprigs. 

And if you don't happen to have a holly bush in your front yard that needs pruning, you could always make a felt version like I did last year. 

Happy wreathing!

 

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