Magazine article Sunset

Hang Up a Harvest Wreath

Magazine article Sunset

Hang Up a Harvest Wreath

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You make it with leaves and fruits from the garden or the grocery store

HARVEST WREATHS MADE FROM FALL'S RICHLY colored foliage, fruits, and seed pods are easy to make yet enduring in their beauty. Unlike dried flower wreaths that require planning and preparation, these go together easily and quickly with materials mostly from the garden. In just a few hours of collecting and arranging, you can have an elegant wall or door decoration to welcome Thanksgiving guests.

The three wreaths illustrate some of the plentiful decorative material in gardens this season. They combine a good amount of foliage with colorful accents like rose hips, toyon berries, and liquidambar fruits. If your garden's short on berries, fruits, and seed pods, you can buy dried baby corn, lady apples, pomegranates, or miniature pumpkins at the grocery store to use as accents.

To make a basic 12-inch wreath, you'll need a foam plastic base (available at craft and floral supply stores for about $3), plant material (enough to fill two large grocery bags), hairpins to secure plants to the wreath base, and a piece of flexible wire to attach to the foam for hanging the wreath. Use tacky glue to attach stemless dried items, like the pomegranates, to your finished wreath. …

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