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    Make an Evergreen Garland

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    Make an Evergreen Garland

    Post  Admin on Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:18 pm

    Garlands are traditional
    decorations for doorways or banisters during the holiday season. You can easily
    make one yourself from evergreen trimmings collected from your own garden.


    Things You'll
    Need:





    • Floral
      Wires

    • Garden
      Shears

    • Twine

    • Twine

    • Craft
      Wire

    • metallic,
      gold-mesh wired ribbons




    Gather a wheelbarrow full of evergreen
    trimmings. Some suggestions are cedar, pine, fir, juniper, redwood, oak, bay
    laurel and asparagus fern.



    Cut the trimmings to a length of 6 inches.


    Lay a 10-foot length of string or twine on a
    large, flat surface. Tie a loop in one end of the string.



    Attach #24 floral wire - also called paddle
    wire - to the loop end of the string. Keep the wire attached to the spool and
    unravel it as needed.



    Select several foliage pieces and place them
    together in a bunch, with the stems at one end. You can mix different kinds in
    one bundle.



    Place the bundle of foliage at the loop end
    of the string with the stems pointing toward the long end of the string.



    Wrap the floral wire around the stems and
    string to secure them in place.



    Wrap the floral wire around the bundle twice
    and then pull it tight. Make sure to leave the wire attached to the string.



    Gather another bundle of foliage and lay it
    so that the stems overlap the first bunch and cover the stems. Make sure that
    all the stems are facing the same direction.



    Continue the process of overlapping the
    bunches of foliage and wiring them to the string until you run out of string.



    When you get to the end of the string, twist
    the wire tightly around the last bundle's stems, and knot the wire and the
    string together. Leave 12 inches of wire (to attach the garland where you want
    it) and cut the wire with scissors or pruning shears.



    • It's
      best to use the tips of the branches when gathering evergreen trimmings.

    • If
      you need the finished garland to be longer than your spool of string, you
      can wire two completed garlands together.

    • Wire
      small pinecones to the finished garland by twisting a length of floral
      wire around the bottom half of a cone.

    • Hang
      the garland from evenly spaced tacks, nails or picture hooks so it droops
      uniformly

    • between
      the hooks.

    • This
      is a dirty job! Work over newspaper, and have plenty of soap and water
      ready to clean

    • your
      hands when you're done.


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