Nearly two thousand years ago, the Romans created lush topiaries to spell out the names of their leaders. This monogram wreath fashioned from evergreen branch tips revisits that tradition: It has all the charm of a topiary but without quite so much clipping and trimming. And it also proves that wreaths don't have to be shaped like the letter O.
Choose a letter style you like from a book of typography, or design a letter yourself. On a photocopier, enlarge the letter to the wreath size you want; this one is about 12 inches tall. Use spray adhesive to join two pieces of corrugated cardboard, then glue the letter to the cardboard. With a utility knife, cut out the letter; this will be the form for the wreath. Wrap the form in green floral tape to mask any gaps in the greenery. We used boxwood, which is sturdy and relatively long lasting, but other evergreens can be used. Take a small bundle of 2-inch to 3-inch branch tips, and place them on the form. Wrap floral wire around bottom of the stems and secure to the form; do not cut wire. Add another bundle of tips, overlapping first by about half, and wire it. Continue overlapping bundles until front of form is covered, then cut wire and twist to secure. Hang finished wreath with ribbon or fishing line, or on a hook.