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Project

Noble Fir and Eucalyptus Wreath

Introduction

Create this glittering decoration by trimming a noble fir wreath with silvery ornaments and sprigs of seeded eucalyptus. (We used approximately 100 ornaments of varying sizes.) For instructions on how to paint new glass ornaments so that they'll look like antique mercury glass, get our how-to for Antiquing Glass Ornaments.

 

Materials

  • 24-inch-diameter noble fir wreath
  • 2-inch wired silver-ball ornaments
  • 1 1/4-inch wired silver-ball ornaments
  • 1-inch wired silver-ball ornaments
  • 3/4-inch wired silver-ball ornaments
  • 1/2-inch wired silver-ball ornaments
  • Wired floral picks
  • Seeded eucalyptus sprigs

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Align each ornament's wire with 1 floral pick. Wrap pick wire around both to secure. Attach each eucalyptus sprig to a pick, using the same process.

  2. Step 2

    Insert largest ornaments at top of wreath. Add other ornaments, varying sizes and positions as desired, using smaller ornaments down wreath sides; reserve the tiniest ornaments to dot around wreath bottom once other ornaments are inserted.

  3. Step 3

    Insert eucalyptus sprigs around ornaments, using leafier stems and fuller bud sprigs at wreath top, tapering fullness of additions as you work down wreath sides.

  4. Step 4

    Add tiniest ornaments and a few remaining individual eucalyptus leaves wired to picks to bottom of wreath.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2008

Reviews (3)

  • GeorgieGurl 1 Dec, 2008

    This wreath couldn't be easier, belindavstan. You buy the base wreath already made, then wire on pieces of real or fake eucalyptus. I would skip the floral pick step and just wire the ornaments onto the branches of the base wreath. It looks like they used about 6 of the largest ornaments, then something like 8, 16, 32, and 40 in decending sizes. Just concentrate most of the larger ones near the top and cascade down getting smaller and smaller. Also mix some of the smaller on top and all around.

  • dbigley 30 Nov, 2008

    I make eucalyptus wreaths each year by gathering the leaves and wiring them on to a wire wreath. You can make it as full as you want. Some of the branches can go all the way around the wired wreath. I usually spray it with floral spray ...gold one year, silver the next, or use whatever color you feel like. By spraying, it doesn't turn brown when it dries o ut. i live in southern CA, so it still can get quite warm in December

  • belindavstan 29 Nov, 2008

    THIS SEEMS VERY HARD TO DO, HAS ANYONE DONE IT BEFORE. IF SO, HOW MUCH OF THE MATERIAL DO YOU NEED IT IS VERY PRETTY AND I WOUND LIKE TO TRY THIS WREATH