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Golden Harvest Wreath

The harvest theme takes on new dimensions when executed in unexpected colors and materials. Turkey quill feathers and magnolia leaves, colored on one side with floral spray, are mixed with stalks of wheat to create a stunning wreath.

Golden Harvest Wreath

Photography: Maura McEvoy

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2007

Introduction

This 22-inch wreath form was decorated with about 90 magnolia leaves, 150 wheat stems, and 25 feathers. If you can't find magnolia leaves, use any other sturdy, broad leaf. This wreath can last for several years: After the holidays, place it, front side up, in a flat box cushioned with tissue paper. Keep it in a cool, dry place. If a few of the magnolia leaves look tired when you unpack it, replace them with freshly painted ones.

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materials

  • Floral spray in brilliant gold White feathers

  • Magnolia leaves

  • 24-gauge gold wire

  • Gardening shears

  • Wheat stems

  • 22-inch wire wreath form

  • Hot-glue gun

steps

  1. On a clean, dry surface protected by paper in a well-ventilated area, spray the feathers and the top sides of the magnolia leaves gold. Let dry.

  2. Bundle 3 leaves with a small piece of wire; snip end. Bundle 5 wheat stems with wire, and snip end. Repeat with the remaining leaves and stems. Wrap the bundles to the wreath form with a single piece of wire, alternating and overlapping bundles of leaves and stems. Keep them tight and close together.

  3. Once the wreath form is covered, insert the feathers at equal intervals. Glue in place.

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