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Fresh Magnolia Wreath

DIY Fresh Magnolia Wreath

‘Tis the season for twinkling lights, chilly weather, Christmas trees, and the scent of fresh-cut greens. Set to deck your halls this holiday season with a fresh magnolia wreath- perfect on the front door, above the mantle, on a mirror, or as a tabletop centerpiece. Create this classic wreath with this simple DIY guide. In just six easy steps, you'll have a beautiful wreath that can deck your halls and welcome family and friends throughout the Christmas season.

What You'll Need:

  • Fresh-cut magnolia greens
  • 14-inch wreath form
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon
  1. Gather magnolia branches from you yard or purchase at your local garden center.
  2. Gently remove the leaves (leaving the stem) from magnolia branches. Discard branches.
  3. Next, assemble leaves (4-6 in a bunch) and wrap the "stems" with approximately a 12-inch piece of wire leaving several inches to attach to the frame.
  4. Take the leaf bundle and attach firmly to the frame making sure the wire is tight enough to keep the bundle from slipping.
  5. Repeat the above step and attach the bundle on the opposite side of the frame several inches away from the other bundle making sure the leaves cover the wire and stems.
  6. Continue all the way around until frame is full.
  7. Add a festive bow if desired!

NOTE: We recommend spraying your wreath with Wilt Stop by Bonide to keep it looking fresh throughout the holidays.

Click here to learn about or register for our December 14, 2019, Fresh Magnolia Wreath Workshop

Rosemary, Fresh, Fragrant & Festive

Rosemary, Fresh, Fragrant & Festive

10 Ways to Use Rosemary

Rosemary is a must-have for every home and garden! It’s one of the most famous, widely grown, and frequently used herbs in the world. This hardy evergreen is easy to grow and is best known for enhancing Italian cuisine, but its wonders go way beyond the kitchen.. While there are too many creative ways to use rosemary to list here, we've picked some

  1. Holiday Decorating - Placed in an entryway, their fresh, crisp fragrance welcomes guests and beckons them inside. Arrange around the buffet, on side servers, or as table centerpieces. With their festive wraps, these tabletop trees and cones add splashes of color and shimmering accents throughout the holiday season. Or, simply place them in a decorative container and add a bow. And don’t forget to tuck a handful of fresh sprigs beneath the ribbon just before delivering packages!
  2. Cooking - Use fresh or dried rosemary leaves to give a slightly spicy and woodsy flavor to dishes. Rosemary is particularly tasty with poultry, meats, fish, potatoes, soups and stews and vegetables.
  3. Landscape - Rosemary is a great landscape shrub! Not only is it a beauty, it's drought tolerant, deer resistant and super low maintenance. Upright varieties will add evergreen structure to the garden, and groundcover type varieties are great for trouble spots like slopes.
  4. Beverages - Add fresh rosemary to water, hot tea, lemonade, or cocktails.
  5. Fragrance - Rosemary is known for its wonderful aroma. Add it to a simmer pot to make your home smell fresh and fragrant.
  6. BBQ Skewers - Remove the leaves and use the woody stems as a skewer to infuse flavor into whatever it is you are grilling. And, don't throw away the leaves - sprinkle those on top for added flavor.
  7. Basting Brush - We love this idea! Infuse a little extra flavor into meat by creating a basting brush using rosemary sprigs. Cut 6 - 8 stems of woody branches of rosemary at least 10 inches long. Remove a third of the leaves at the bottom of the branch. Tie them with cooking twine and use them to brush on marinades.
  8. Infused Olive Oil - Snip 4 or 5 stems of rosemary and simmer with a cup of olive oil over medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Let the rosemary and oil cool, and then pour the olive oil and rosemary into a bottle. Seal the bottle and enjoy the beautiful and flavorful mixture yourself or give it as a gift.
  9. Container Gardens - Trailing varieties look great spilling over the edges of containers and upright varieties add height. Plant them alone or mix them with other herbs for your own little herb garden.
  10. Health & Well Being - Did you know rosemary is a memory booster? Yep, it’s been shown to enhance concentration and memory by stimulating the human nervous system. Add it to your food, bathwater or your aromatherapy routine.

  11. Care Tips for Rosemary Indoors: To care for rosemary inside your home, the most important requirement during the winter months is sunlight. Place in a bright sunny window, and turn the plant so that it gets sun on both sides. The soil in the pot needs to be well drained. Water it from the top every other day. Water may remain in the saucer to provide humidity for the plant, but do not let the water touch the bottom of the plant. Adjust the watering schedule if necessary to be sure the soil never dries out.

Lifelike Trees
Lifelike Trees
Lifelike Trees

So Realistic Even Santa Can't Tell

Lifelike Christmas trees have come a long way from their modest beginnings and going with an artificial tree over a real one won't make your holiday any less bright. As long as you pick a high-quality tree, no one will ever be able to tell (except for maybe Santa). In fact, over the years, the design of artificial trees has improved so much that some look exactly like the real thing. And best of all, today's lifelike trees come pre-lit making them even more magical.

So why does a lifelike tree make so much sense? Here’s why:

  • no need to water
  • easier to put up and take down
  • ability to leave the tree up longer
  • little or no cleanup
  • uniform appearance
  • less expensive per year
  • reduced risk of fire
  • most come with commercial grade light sets professionally installed

McDonald offers an incredible selection of life-like Christmas trees available in a variety styles. Each quality tree is crafted with care and will offer beauty for seasons to come. These trees offer a natural look with less mess. But, should a problem arise, we offer permanent tree diagnostics to help solve and fix the problem. Visit the McDonald Christmas Shoppe and let one of our expert staff members help you choose a lifelike tree that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

The McDonald Christmas Shoppe
Gingerbread Houses
Ornaments in all shapes, sizes and styles
Baby it's Cold Outside Theme
McDonald Gift Cards - Perfect for the gardener who has everything!
Lifelike Wreaths & Garlands
Holiday Picks & Sprays
Custom Bows Created by Our Bow Experts

The Holiday Lookbook for 2019 is Here!

Flip through the pages of the McDonald Holiday Lookbook 2019
and step into a magical Christmas wonderland at the McDonald Christmas Shoppe. Every corner is packed with new treasures and collectible wonders. See must-have trimmings for this holiday season. From the holiday classics, to the whimsical and fun, to the wonders of nature - the McDonald Christmas Shoppe will help you create a festive mood this season. Our professional designers are ready to help you dress your home in the latest holiday trends for both inside and out. With an eclectic mix of decorating ideas from the past, present and future, discover holiday themes you will love discovering. Join us for our annual Holiday Open House, Friday-Sunday, November 8-10, 9AM-6PM, at both our Independence and Great Neck locations and experience the magic of our Christmas Shoppe first-hand.