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Assemble the Wreath

Start by gathering the embellishments. When gluing them to the wreath, make sure they are all pointing up, not outward. For the wreath on our cover, we added “snow” to some branches: Dab a mix of white paint and craft glue on branches with a paintbrush and sprinkle the glue with coarse crystal glitter. Let dry, then shake off excess.

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2014/January 2015


  • Artificial evergreen wreath with lights

  • Bottlebrush trees

  • Hot-glue gun

  • Putz houses (we used 9)

  • Cotton balls and surgical cotton

  • Spray bottle filled with diluted craft glue (1 teaspoon glue in 1/2 cup water)

  • Coarse crystal glitter

  • Craft glue

  • Red and green reindeer moss

  • HO-scale hobby figurines, such as deer and skiers


  1. If necessary, remove any decorations from wreath (ours had pinecones). Secure trees to wreath with hot glue, beginning with a cluster at top, then spacing others all around wreath. Next, hot-glue houses around wreath, inserting a bulb into back of each.

  2. With your fingers, tease out cotton balls and pieces of surgical cotton to use as small and large snowdrifts. Spray with diluted glue, then sprinkle with glitter; let dry. Hot-glue cotton pieces to wreath at bases of houses, as desired, for a realistic look.

  3. Use craft glue to attach other decorations, such as dyed reindeer moss and animal and skier figurines.

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