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Natural materials are easy to enhance for seasonal shine and splendor.

 

Frame of mind

Fragrant winter greenery surrounds a holiday message in a festive red frame. Make a greeting on the computer, or frame a favorite card. (If your wreath is a standard 14 inches diameter, aim for a 5×7 frame.) The frame hangs from a grosgrain ribbon streamer, and sprigs of holly hide the spot where the ribbon is wired to the wreath.

To make the ribbon hanger, loosely knot together three lengths of wide grosgrain ribbon. Attach the center piece of ribbon to the back of the frame with sturdy tape. To hang the ribbon and frame, wrap florist's wire just under the knot and tie it to the top of the wreath.

 

A good yarn

A cluster of creamy-white yarn balls fills the center of a balsam wreath for a study in contrasts—light and dark, soft and bristly. Sprigs of incense cedar tucked in at the top for interest and scent. Wrapping the balls in yarns of different thicknesses and shades of white adds to the homespun look.

To make yarn balls, pin the end of the yarn to a foam ball. Wrap yarn around the ball until the surface is covered. Pin the loose end of the yarn to the ball and leave a 20-inch tail. Gather the balls into a cluster, the tails into a knot, then tie the tails around the wreath. Finally wrap the top with more yarn to make a neat, wide band.

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