Simple, elegant wreaths & garlands

Use purchased evergreens, colorful berries, and fall leaves to bring the season home

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  • An aromatic arch of cedar, eucalyptus bark and dried moss frames a simple purchased wreath.

    Wreaths from the garden

    James Carrier

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Cedar, eucalyptus bark & dried moss

What you'll need:

• One garland

• ong strips of eucalyptus bark

• Dried moss

• Glue gun

To make eucalyptus ribbons, soak strips of bark in water for several hours so they become malleable.

Straighten the garland so it will be easier to work with.

Remove a bark strip from the water, blot it with a towel to remove excess water, and use hot glue to connect one end of the bark to the back of the garland.

Wrap the bark loosely around the garland until you reach the end of the strip, then attach its end to the back of the garland with more hot glue.

Start the next strip where the previous one ended and repeat the process until you reach garland's end. Rub vegetable oil onto bark to preserve its color. Hot-glue clumps of moss for additional decoration.

Design: Jeffrey Adair, J Floral Art, Menlo Park, CA

Noble fir & nandina berries

What you'll need:

• One garland

• One 30-inch wreath

• Several bunches of nandina berries

• Floral wire

Use red berries, such as nandina, for a traditional red and green combination.

Leave a few inches of stem on the berries and tuck them securely into the greenery. Distribute clumps of color evenly for a dramatic appearance.

To create the pendant at the center of the garland, group several berry stems together and attach them with floral wire.

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