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Cornhusk Garland

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Holiday Carnation Wreath

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Step aside, holly and mistletoe -- or at least make room for something new. The carnation is a surprisingly elegant and easygoing choice for holiday displays. This wreath of white flowers with burgundy-tipped edges offers a warm welcome.
Materials
  • 12-inch floral-foam wreath forms with plastic backing (12-inch for wreath)
  • Floral shears or scissors
  • Conditioned carnations, about 7 dozen
  • Glass ornaments with wire
  • Nails
  • 2 yards ribbon
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Blossoming Branch Shadow Box

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Use a mix of natural materials and craft punches to create this charming three-dimensional shadow box.
Materials
  • 12-inch-by-12-inch classic botanical paper pad
  • Swan craftstock
  • Pink carnation craftstock
  • 3-in-1 hydrangea craft punch
  • Hydrangea craft punch
  • Classic butterfly craft punch
  • Essential colors glitter set
  • Ebony 8.75-inch-by-11.25-inch specimen collector box
  • Wide-tip glue pen
  • 1/8-inch double-sided adhesive foam dots
  • Double-sided tissue tape
  • Twigs
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Tree Table

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Tree stumps, used individually or clustered together, function as low tables in a living room. A coat of enamel paint applied to the tops serves a dual purpose: It adds a jolt of color and creates a smooth, sealed surface. Furniture gliders can be attached to protect the floor.
Materials
  • Electric sander
  • Tree stump
  • Sandpaper in extra-fine, fine, medium, and coarse grades
  • Wood filler
  • 2 paintbrushes, 1 for primer and 1 for paint
  • Wood primer
  • Enamel paint
  • Hammer
  • 3 to 4 furniture gliders
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Succulent Wreath

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This beautiful succulent wreath will last year-round.
Materials
  • Succulents (Martha used Aeonium, Crassula, Echeveria, Gasteria, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, Sedum, and Sempervivum), simplysucculents.com
  • Scissors
  • 12-inch wire wreath frame, topiaryartworks.com
  • Sphagnum moss, topiaryartworks.com
  • Moistened soil
  • Copper wire
  • Pencil or screwdriver
  • Floral pins
  • Fertilizer
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Holiday Centerpiece: Gilded Pear Basket

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Gold-painted pears look straight out of a fairy tale on your Christmas table. This gold dust, however, isn't magic -- it's available at baking supply stores. Magnolia leaves are also transformed with gold floral paint.
Materials
  • Nontoxic petal dust, in gold
  • Pears
  • Small paint brush
  • Bowl
  • Basket
  • Magnolia leaves
  • Floral spray, in gold
  • Cedar sprigs
  • Satin ribbon
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