Traditional Door Spray
Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007
This festive decorative door spray using fresh cut evergreen branches will definitely add holiday cheer to your home. Here are just a few examples of the many colors and forms of evergreens.
The noble fir is native to the Cascade Range and Coast Range mountains of northwest and western Oregon and Washington. It is a large evergreen tree, which typically grows up to 120 feet with a conical shape. The bark on young trees is smooth, grey, and has resin blisters that become red-brown, rough, and fissured on old trees. The leaves are needle-like, 1 inch long, and blue-green in color. Noble fir is a popular Christmas tree, and its wood is used for lumber and paper.
Western red cedar is native to the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada, from southern Alaska and British Columbia south to northwest California and inland to western Montana. Western red cedar is also known mainly in the American horticultural trade as giant arborvitae. It grows to about 120 feet tall, with broad, flat sprays of foliage.
The golden cedar is a variegated type of the western red cedar. It has bands of golden yellow within the green foliage, and grows to 120 feet tall with flat sprays of foliage. The golden yellow color is more prominent in the new growth, which occurs in early to mid summer. The golden cedar also makes a beautiful landscape plant.
Buxus is a genus of about 70 species in the family Buxaceae. Common names include box (in the majority of English-speaking countries) or boxwood (in North America). The boxes are native to western and southern Europe; southwest, southern, and eastern Asia; Africa; Madagascar; northernmost South America; Central America; Mexico; and the Caribbean, with the majority of species tropical or subtropical. Boxes are commonly used for hedges and topiary. They are also cut for wreaths and garland.
Juniper are native to the eastern United States and have flat bluish needles and red bark. The blue berries stay on through winter until birds eat them.
Bicolored holly is also called English holly. Its red berries persist through the winter and grow to 20 feet tall. It is a symbol of ancient Christmas and represents the rebirth and regrowth in winter.
The eastern white pine is a large pine native to eastern North America, from Newfoundland west to Minnesota and southeastern Manitoba, and south along the Appalachian mountains to the extreme north of Georgia. With soft, long needles and red bark, white pine trees can live up to 400 years and grow to 150 feet tall.
Tools and Materials
Evergreen branches of your choice
Embellishments of your choice (pinecones, holly, or eucalyptus pods)
Double satin ribbon
Hook or nail
Door Spray How-To
1. Start with the base; noble fir branches makes a good base because they are flat. Choose two or three evergreens and place on top of the base. Clip evergreen if necessary.
2. Secure with floral wire, keeping cut ends facing the same direction. Repeat process.
3. To embellish your spray, choose embellishments of your liking, such as pinecones, holly, or eucalyptus pods, and tie them to your spray using double satin ribbon. Hang spray on a hook or nail.
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