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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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Candied Flowers

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Garnish
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Blossoming Branch Shadow Box

Steps:4
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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Twig Vase

Steps:5
Martha is always looking for unusual containers for flower arrangements. Recently, she fashioned a natural-looking vase from a coffee can and twigs gathered during a walk in the woods. Tied with a length of raffia, it makes a charming holder for garden flowers or a rustic desk organizer.
Materials
  • Ruler or measuring tape (optional)
  • Paper or paint
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Coffee can
  • Twigs
  • Pruning shears
  • Hot-glue gun or rubber bands
  • Raffia
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Succulent Wreath

Steps:5
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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Fern Tree Decoration

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Violet Posies

Steps:4
The simplest gifts are often the most appreciated. A handful of violets can translate into a charming expression of your sentiments on May Day or Mother's Day, around which time these delicate flowers reach full bloom. One way to exhibit their beauty is in a well-presented posy.
Materials
  • Fresh-cut long-stem violets
  • Colored waxed paper
  • Cotton wool sheet roll
  • Silver ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife or scalloping scissors
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