• Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus, Zones 3–8)
• Norway spruce (Picea abies, Zones 2–7)
• Weeping Alaskan cedar (Xanthocyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’, Zones 4–7)
• ‘Golden Mop’ Japanese false cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mop’, Zones 5–7)
• Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia, Zones 4–9)
What better tasks for a wintry day than making your very own holiday wreath? All you need are a wreath frame, florist wire, pruners, and some evergreen boughs with which to craft the wreath. A few decorative items such as ribbon, pine cones, berries, or whatever you wish to add to give the wreath a more festive air. Learn the basics of wreath making in this video featuring Fine Gardening senior editor Danielle Sherry.
• 10- or 12-inch box wreath frame
• 22-gauge florist wire
• Assorted greens
• Pine cones and/or berries (optional)
Step 1: Secure the starting end of the wire to the frame.
Step 2: Cut pieces of assorted greens 6–8 inches long, making small bundles.
Step 3: Wrap the small bundles to the frame using wire.
Step 4: Be sure the last bundle is a bit longer to hide the beginning bundle’s stems.
Step 5: Knot off the end of the wire, and create a loop to hang the wreath (using the excess wire).
Step 6: Make a bow, and secure it to the wreath using more wire.
Step 7: Add berries and/or pine cones for extra flare.
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