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Project

Eucalyptus Garland and Waxed Berries

Festoons of seeded eucalyptus and hand-waxed berries set off the decorative trim on the front staircase at Turkey Hill.

Materials

  • 1/2-inch sisal rope
  • 26-gauge floral wire
  • Floral shears
  • Eucalyptus stems
  • Plastic berries
  • Wax tapers
  • Floral wire
  • Satin ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    For garland, use technique described in Juniper-and-Pepperberry Garland. If desired, allow an extra foot or two of greenery to hang loosely from newel post.

  2. Step 2

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    Plastic berries are available from crafts stores. To wax fruit, strip individual berries from bunch; stems should be 2 to 3 inches long. In a double boiler, melt 2 or 3 wax tapers, and remove wicks (keep heat low to avoid scorching). Holding a berry by its stem, dip into wax until coated. Let dry completely on waxed paper. Insert berry stems into garland and secure with hot glue. Use floral wire to attach garland to banister. Hide wire under satin bows. Mist garland daily.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2001

Reviews (4)

  • axiakl 12 Nov, 2008

    I'd love to try to make this, but where can you buy eucalyptus stems?

  • axiakl 12 Nov, 2008

    I'd love to try to make this, but where can you buy eucalyptus branches?

  • axiakl 12 Nov, 2008

    I'd love to try to make this, but where can you buy eucalyptus branches?

  • Elliemay 29 Nov, 2007

    i think the stairway garlands are just beautiful ,, i am going to do the eucalyptus one for my stairway .. thanks Martha