These flowers brighten the coldest of winter nights.
Photography: Victoria Pearson
Martha Stewart Living, December 2007
On a flat surface, lash together three 10-inch rods near end of a 48-inch rod with floral wire; crisscross until secure, above left. (For added strength, use hot glue.) Repeat with remaining rods to make 3 flowers.
On each flower, attach 4 clips to each rod "petal" and 12 to each "stem," spacing them evenly. Place bulb end of 50-bulb strand in an outermost clip on 1 petal. Wind wire around each petal and down stem, fitting each bulb into a clip, above center.
Bundle remaining length at stem base, secure with zip tie, and place blackout caps on unused lights.
To form curve in leaves, bend five 36-inch rods around flower bucket. Use bolt cutters to trim 2 inches from end of curved part. Place 15 clips on each bent rod. Place bulb end of a 15-bulb strand of lights in first clip on curved portion. Wind strand around wire, fitting each bulb into a clip, above center. Repeat step 3. Repeat with other bent rods.
Place pipe in center of urn; pack with gravel. Put stems and leaves in pipe, allowing plug end of each strand to come over top of pipe; connect plugs in pot. Bend stems and leaves to create desired effect. For "snow," layer batting over gravel; make sure it doesn't touch the lights.
Three 48-inch lengths, nine 10-inch lengths
Five 36-inch lengths of 1/8-inch plain round rod
24-gauge floral wire
Hot-glue gun (optional)
About two hundred 1/8-inch white light sculpture clips
Three 50-bulb strands of single-ended white wire mini lights
Small zip ties
Flower bucket or similar cylindrical object
Bolt cutters and safety goggles
Five 15-bulb strands of single-ended white wire mini lights
3-inch-wide PVC pipe cut to fit below urn's rim when vertical