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Project

Laurel Garland

Deep-green laurel leaves are dusted with silver and punctuated with glass balls in this festive garland.

Materials

  • 1 to 2 pounds of laurel
  • Silver floral paint
  • 60 silver balls, 1/2-inch to 1-inch in diameter
  • Pipe cleaners or wires
  • Green florist's tape
  • Green twine
  • Green floral wire
  • Wire cutters

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Begin with laurel: Tear off leaf clusters by the stem.

  2. Step 2

    Spray leaves with silver floral paint, giving half the clusters a solid coat and half a light spritz.

  3. Step 3

    Prepare silver balls by bending the tips of pipe cleaners or wires into hooks and poking one into the hole in each ball.

  4. Step 4

    Gather balls into twos and threes, wrapping stems together with florist's tape.

  5. Step 5

    Cut a piece of green twine to the desired length of the finished garland. Beginning at one end, bind the stem of a spritzed leaf cluster to the twine with floral wire. Add a silvered cluster 1 inch farther along, wrapping the wire around the stems and twine.

  6. Step 6

    Continue binding alternating clusters, adding balls every 4 to 6 inches. When one side and the top length of the garland are completed, begin again from the other end so that the leaves will hang downward on both sides.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 1994/January 1995