Heavy "Snow" . . .
Cover your Christmas Wreath with “Snow” by adding Baby’s Breath!!
Begin by making a bow out of the Christmas ribbon. Use a 18” long piece of wire to secure the bow. Set the bow aside.
Cut the Christmas greenery in small branches. Use the rose strippers to remove the needles from the bottom of branches. Place the branches on the outside and inside of the wreath form.
Cut the Baby’s Breath into small clusters. Place these clusters in the foam close together. Cover the entire center of the wreath with baby’s breath. Leave an area at the top of the wreath open to place your bow. Take small branches of Christmas greenery and place randomly in the baby’s breath.
Place your bow on the wreath by running the end of the wire around the wreath. Secure the wire at the back of the wreath.
If using Christmas lights, place the light string in the front of the wreath. Bury the light string in the baby’s breath gently, try not to let them rest on the wet floral foam.
Place the Christmas ornaments on wood picks and secure them with the floral wrap tape. Wrap wire around the bottom of a pine cone and secure the wire to a wood pick using the floral wrap tape.
Decorate the wreath by placing the wood picks of ornaments and pine cones throughout the wreath.
Secure to door by tying the greenhouse twine around the top of the wreath and tying off tightly. Place it on the hanging tool of the door.
You can also create this look by using a fresh Christmas Wreath in place of a floral foam wreath. Use floral wrap tape on the Baby’s Breath clusters. Place the clusters close together in the Christmas greenery. They will stay in the greenery if you place them deeply in the wreath. Because this wreath is so light, you can use the bow to attach the wreath to the hanging tool on the door. After you place the wires of your bow through the wreath, secure the bow close to the wreath. Instead of trimming the wire, create a loop with the excess wire by twisting the wire ends together.
"Snow" Over the Fireplace . . .
Bring the picture of snow into the home without bringing in the cold!
Decorate the fireplace with touches of “snow”. I used baby’s breath, small silver Christmas ornaments, silver beaded garland, and ribbon woven through Christmas greenery on the mantle to give the look of snow.
I began by placing a piece of snow blanket to cover the top of the mantle. Pull the end of the blanket to give an uneven edge to the “snow”. Lay pieces of Christmas greenery branches across the top of the mantle. Place your stocking holders on the mantle. Place the candles on the mantle.
Make a small garland using the greenhouse twine to wrap the greenery pieces together. Take a garland made from the Christmas greenery and attach it to the end of the mantle. Place a second garland on the other side of the mantle.
Cut the ribbon into pieces about 12” long. Using a small piece of floral wrap tape, attach the ribbon to a short piece of wire. Make a hook out of the wire and attach the pieces of ribbon to the garlands hanging over the end of the mantle. Make several loops of ribbon and attach it to a piece of wire using the floral wrap tape. Place the loops around the candles creating a small bow. Make additional pieces of ribbon to weave through the greenery on top of the mantle.
Wrap wire around several pine cone and attach a cone in the garland. Place additional pine cones throughout the greenery.
Fashion glitter in the mantle by adding silver ornaments and silver beaded garlands. The silver will reflect the light from the candles.
Add the “snow” by clustering pieces of baby’s Breath with floral wrap tape. Place the clusters throughout the mantle. Make the “snow” drifts as heavy as you like!
Create Snow . . .
Don’t forget the mailbox for Holiday decorating!
When the weather turns cold, enhance the mailbox so the picture lasts longer.
Begin by cutting a piece of the Snow cover blanket to cover the top and hang about halfway down the sides of the mailbox. I took about three pieces of wire, wired the ends together to create a piece of wire to circle the mailbox. Tie the ends of the wire loosely. Take the end of the snow cover blanket and pull lightly to cause uneven ends. Place a large full branch of greenery on top of the mailbox. Tuck the end of the branch under the wire circling the mailbox. Place more branches of greenery down the sides and pointing down from the mailbox. Continue using the wire around the mailbox to hold the branches in place.
After placing the greenery on the mailbox, begin creating the bow. I used white ribbon with snowflakes in silver for my bow. Take several pieces of wire and cover each with floral wrap tape. Create a half bow to go at the top of the mailbox post. Attach it to the post. Make three large loops and secure them together with another piece wrapped wire. Place these loops to the back of the half bow to enlarge the bow. Make another cluster of three loops of ribbon, secure with wrapped wire, and place these loops to the bottom and right of the half bow. Take a long piece of ribbon and fold it in half. Wrap the fold with a floral wrapped wire. Wire the ends around the post of the mailbox.
Place pine cones on the top of the mailbox and throughout the loops creating the bow. Arrange the silver garland across the greenery and allow it to drape. Place icicles on hooks, made from wire, and hang from the Christmas greenery. Add “snowflakes” by placing small clusters of Baby’s Breath throughout the greenery. Let It Snow!!
Bring the Snow Indoors . . .
Bring the illusion of snow with Baby’s Breath!!
Add a dusting of “snow” to the Christmas Chandelier. After decorating the chandelier with fresh Christmas greenery, silver garland, silver icicles, and small silver ornaments, add touches of Baby’s Breath.
Begin by taking a long pliable branch of Christmas Greenery, and weave the greenery through the arms of the chandelier. Hook one end of the branch through the other end of the branch to secure. Add smaller pieces of greenery to this base to add fullness to the chandelier. Slightly pull on the pieces of greenery after placing them in base to secure them within the branches. Add longer pieces of greenery to the top of the greenery base to create height.
Drape the silver garland through the greenery and the arms of the chandelier. Next, add silver ornament securing them with hooks made from the florist wire. Make hooks out of the florist wire and attach to the silver icicles. Hang the icicles from the bottom of the chandelier. Cut branches of Baby’s Breath and add the branches to the Christmas greenery. Make various sizes of clusters to create a snow effect. Be sure to cover all sides of the chandelier.
I recommend using LED light bulbs in the Chandelier. They should not heat up. This is important when decorating lighting fixtures.
Create Fire with Plants . . .
When it’s too warm to lite the fire, fill the fire grate with red blooming plants.
It’s Christmas and all the stockings are hung on the mantel, but the weather is too warm to lite a fire. Complete the picture by creating a “fire” by adding plants with red blooms to the logs in the fireplace. Make the “fire” come alive by first placing Christmas tree lights under the logs.
Begin by adding small pieces of firewood at the base of the fireplace. It also helps to have a small firebox. Undo the bundle of Christmas lights and spread the lights between the firewood. I place small pieces of firewood across the bottom firewood, creating a small platform over the lights.
Place small pots of plants in the firewood, adding more firewood as you add more plants. For this display, I used small plants of red begonias. I have also used small plants of red poinsettias. Place the plants at angles so the blooms are facing the front of the fireplace.
I add a few pine cones as accent and usually fix a small basket of pine cones to set on the hearth. This is a great arrangement to complete the fireplace setting.
To protect the fireplace, I usually remove the plants from the fireplace before watering.