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Project

Eucalyptus Wreath

Introduction

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.

Materials

  • Eucalyptus branches
  • Wax paper
  • 10-inch-diameter wreath frame
  • Floral wire
  • 2 yards of 2 3/8-inch-wide silver ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    To finish, loop ribbon through the wreath and tie it in a big, loose bow.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 1994/January 1995