Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2008
Cut faux gold leaves and branches (such as fir or boxwood) into 4- to 6-inch-long pieces. Make bundles using 1 of each type; bind with 26-gauge gold wire.
Attach 1 end of wire (on spool) to a 20-inch wreath form. Bind 1 bundle to form with wire (do not cut).
Add another bundle below first, overlapping; bind. Repeat until form is covered. (For a garland, substitute a 1/4-inch-thick rope or cord for form.)