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Crafting an Original Seasonal Arrangement

Rival nursery displays and build your own decorations by following these simple steps

Photo: Mary Ann Newcomer

You may not even realize it, but my guess is that very close at hand you can find all you need to make gorgeous, last-minute seasonal arrangements. Get your gloves on and let’s go harvest some greenery!

Step 1: Preparation

When building your arrangement, I recommend having gloves to protect your hands, a glue gun, an ample supply of glue sticks, a couple of paddles of craft wire, wire wreath forms, and maybe a second pair of hands. And of course, before you go snipping off parts of the neighbors’ shrubs and trees, please ask their permission.

Bay laurel branches and variegated holly holiday container
This arrangement incorporates cuttings of Gold Coast® English holly (Ilex aquifolium ‘Monvila’, Zones 6-9) and andromeda (Pieris japonica, Zones 5-9) around planted grasses and faux berries.. Photo: Karen Chapman

Step 2: Evergreen cuttings

Start with cuttings of evergreens and conifers. These can be as elaborate or simple as fits your style. Evergreen bay laurel…

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