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DO-IT-YOURSELF BOXWOOD WREATH

Give your front door a makeover this season with this Christmas door decorating idea. Simple and festive, wreaths are the perfect way to welcome holiday guests into your home.

The simplicity of a boxwood wreath makes a great statement on your front door, above your mantle or on a mirror. All the decorating magazines are showing a simple wreath, with a simple bow for understated elegance. By preserving your wreath, it can add beauty throughout multiple seasons, however it will need to be stored properly to ensure its longevity.

What You'll Need:

  • Fresh-cut boxwood greens
  • 18-inch wreath form
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon
  1. Collect cuttings of a boxwood fresh from the plant. We recommend using small pieces with stems that are not so woody.
  2. Start on one side of the wreath form by clumping several branches together and using a half piece of wire – attach to the form.
  3. Continue around the wreath form securing the cuttings. Be sure to attach the wire securely, as the weight of the boxwood will become heavy as you start to add more.
  4. Pick your ribbon – choose from a variety of burlap ribbon and tie a simple shoe lace type bow. Or, you can make a long loop and knot at the top.

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DO-IT-YOURSELF NATURE PUMPKINS

Adorn your pumpkins with a little bit of nature. Take a walk outside and find autumn inspiration nearly everywhere. With just a few clippings from your garden, you can transform ordinary pumpkins into a nature-inspired masterpiece.

What You'll Need:

  • Faux or Live Pumpkins in any color or size
  • Fine-leaf ferns, boxwood or other foliage
  • Pansies or Violas
  • Dusty Miller
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Modpodge
  1. Choose pumpkins you'd like to embellish.
  2. Collect a selection of cuttings. We recommend using fine foliage as it adheres to the pumpkin easily.
  3. Spray the back of your botanicals and working quickly arrange on pumpkin.
  4. Add several layers of modpodge over the botanicals and pumpkin letting each layer dry in between.
  5. Place your finished creation in an undisturbed location to let dry overnight.
  6. Scatter these beautifully embellished pumpkins throughout your home or even wire to a wreath and enjoy!
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DO-IT-YOURSELF PUMPKIN FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

Who would have guessed it? The pumpkin shell isn’t just for peter, peter pumpkin eaters’ wife. Think outside of the box when decorating for fall this year. A hollowed out pumpkin makes a striking fall flower container. It’s a super quick and easy project that will add instant style to your home. Try grouping several arrangements together for a tablescape that is sure to impress. Use any size plant or pumpkin, but we recommend a medium-sized pumpkin in order to hold the arrangement snugly. We also recommend soaking your cut pumpkin in a quick bath of bleach before placing your plants there. This will prolong the pumpkin once it has been cut. You can add an empty can or jar inside of the cut pumpkin and add water for your arrangement. Next, take a trip through your yard in search of blooming flowers, foliage and branches. Once you collect your favorites, let the fun begin with arranging your cut treasures.

Try these plants from your own yard:

  • Zinnias
  • Ornamental Peppers
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Pansies and Violas
  • Marigolds
  • Nandina Domestica (this shrub has great foliage and beautiful berries)
  • Flowering Trees & Shrubs
  • Optional: Add something vertical to add structure like twigs, sticks or or picks.

If you'd like your arrangement to stick around a bit longer, try potting rooted plants in the pumpkin using soil. Once the pumpkin is no longer fresh, simply pop your plants out and replace the pumpkin or simply use a pot. Try planting pansies, ornamental peppers, celosia, marigolds and succulents for a fresh fall look.

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