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Project

Juniper-and-Pepperberry Garland

Introduction

Pepperberry stems are sold on the branch or loose by weight; about 20 to 25 bunches of berries were used to make the two wreaths and the garland shown here. The berries are for decorative purposes, not for consumption.

Materials

  • 1/2-inch sisal rope
  • 26-gauge floral wire, juniper stems
  • 15-inch vine wreath form
  • Pepperberry sprigs
  • Hot-glue gun

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut rope to length finished garland will be, leaving 8 to 12 inches at either end; wind floral wire around one end. Strip foliage from bottom third of juniper stems. Starting at top of rope, hold stems against rope base, tips pointing upward, and wrap wire paddle tightly around rope and stems four to five times. Continue to add greenery, interspersed with pepperberry stems, overlapping each addition to hide wire. Turn garland often. Tie rope ends to newel posts; use floral wire to secure to banister.

  2. Step 2

    For wreaths, insert pepperberry into vine forms; use hot glue to secure. Add sprigs until wreath is uniformly covered.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2001

Reviews (2)

  • Steffy Watson 19 Dec, 2012

    I am late, so will make these next Christmas.

  • sabrenakarlian 8 Dec, 2012

    Dear Martha,
    I love your ideas and would love to try some. If only your fans could get some of the items, such as juniper berries etc.. It would be great if you could give us a link or a place to buy/order some of the ingredients that are difficult to purchase.