Magazine article Sunset

Citrus Rings and Apple Wreaths

Magazine article Sunset

Citrus Rings and Apple Wreaths

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Citrus rings and apple wreaths Long before evergreen trees came to symbolize Christmas, holiday arrangements of fresh fruit and foliage brightened mantels and accented doorways in many English and colonial American homes. Our variation on this centuries-old idea makes decorating simple. You mount apples or citrus on nails hammered into a burlap-covered board, then trim with greenery.

After Christmas, remove the fruit, wipe the nails clean, and store the board to use again next year.

Fruit that's unripe or just picked will stay fresh-looking for up to two weeks. Best bets for foliage are camellia, cypress, eucalyptus, magnolia, and other evergreens. Besides a saber saw, hammer, scissors, staple gun, and craft glue, you'll need:

* A pice of 1/2-inch plywood, about 23 inches square (depending on which shape you choose; see diagrams on these pages)

* 20 to 45 2-inch-long (6d) finishing nails

* 1 yard 45-inch-wide green burlap

* Heavyweight picture wire and eye screws

* 20 to 45 pieces of fruit

* Branches of foliage

* Cranberries (optional)

To make the board, start by drawing the pattern onto the wood. …

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