Most wreaths fall halfway between shrub and decoration, with a friendly shagginess that befits their front-door post. But this one is elegant enough for the finest of parlors. Made with pale eucalyptus leaves and a large silver bow, it will keep for several seasons.
- Eucalyptus branches
- Wax paper
- 10-inch-diameter wreath frame
- Floral wire
- 2 yards of 2 3/8-inch-wide silver ribbon
Strip about 80 mature eucalyptus leaves from their branches, layer them between sheets of waxed paper, and press them overnight beneath a stack of books or other weighted item. They have a natural curve to their stems; select an equal number of left-leaning and right-leaning leaves.
Bind them one at a time to wreath frame with a single length of floral wire, coiling it several times around each stem before placing the next leaf on the frame overlapping the previous stem.
To finish, loop ribbon through the wreath and tie it in a big, loose bow.