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Surprise your guests with a handmade wreath this Christmas
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CJ Greene, who co-owns Friday’s Flowers in Gainesville, said she often cuts fresh greenery, such as magnolia and holly for her wreaths.

Top three 2016 wreath trends

Metallic shine: Metallic colors never go out of style. Opt for silvery tones for elegant yet festive look, or blend silver and gold together for a two-tone aesthetic that complements modern and traditional decor.

Bold colors: Vibrant colors can bring holiday decor to life. Starting small with a wreath is a way to dip your toe in the color pool without going all out.

Unexpected DIY: Adding a personal touch to home decor continues to be increasingly popular, including creating wreaths with unique materials or techniques remains on trend.

Source: The Home Depot’s Director of Trend and Design, Sarah Fishburne

 

If you don't have a green thumb, try making this ornament wreath suggested by “Southern Hospitality” blogger Rhoda Vickers.

During the holiday season sprigs of greenery add a festive touch around the home, and making your own wreath can help complete the holiday look and smell.

Shelly Prescott, director of horticulture at the University of Georgia, has been teaching a wreath-making class the past few years. And he says it’s an easy five-step process by using a wire wreath frame from a craft store or online and getting creative.

Step 1: Getting started

Choose your greenery. Good choices for the base include cedar, Arizona cypress, cryptomeria, Leyland cypress or juniper.  For accents, select holly, magnolia or red berries.

Step 2: Bundle up

Grab  the greenery in a bundle and place them one-at-a-time around the wreath form.

“You don’t want your bundles to be too large,” Prescott said. “They’ll flop or fall out of the wreath.”

But bundles can also be too small, making the wreath look sparse.

Prescott said if the wreath’s wires will wrap around the bundle tightly, it’s the right size. The exact size will vary with the frame.

Step 3: Secure greenery to frame

Once the bundle is in place, bend the wires over to secure it.

Continue working around the form in the same direction.

“It doesn’t matter which way you go, as long as you go the same way,” Prescott said.

Step 4: Make it shine

Make the wreath unique by adding accents.

For a natural look, stick with holly and berries. To make it stand out more, add silver or gold decorations, ribbons or bows.

Step 5: Keep it fresh

Greenery wreaths should last throughout the holiday season, Prescott said.

“We recommend wetting them or soaking them ... to freshen the greenery,” he said. “If it’s outside, the weather will be cool enough to keep it fresh.”

Outdoor wreaths should last a few months, Prescott said, but their lifespan depends on the weather.

If indoors, take it outside and mist it periodically to keep it fresh.

CJ Greene, who co-owns Friday’s Flowers with her sister, Leigh Justice, agrees.

Greene said she often cuts fresh greenery, such as magnolia and holly, for her Nativity, mantle, mailbox and wreaths.

She also visits Christmas tree lots for tree trimmings. Once home, she cleans them and soaks them in water to prolong the freshness. They can be placed in a large plastic container with water and dish soap before displaying them, Greene said.

She also recommends using rose hips in wreaths and arrangements this time of year.

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