Decorate your front door with a cranberry wreath this holiday season. Here's how to make your wreath.
- 6-8 12-ounce bags of fresh cranberries
- Heavy duty wire for a hanging loop
- 14-inch Styrofoam wreath form
- 4 boxes round toothpicks
- Needle-nose pliers
- 2 yards of all-weather ribbon, any color
- Sort and select cranberries for firmness.
- Wrap wire around the top of the wreath form to create a small hanging loop.
- Break several toothpicks in half, sticking the broken ends into the cranberries.
- Using needle-nose pliers, attach the cranberries on the inside edge of the wreath first in even rows. Place the cranberries very close together so that the form does not show through.
- Repeat the procedure on the wreath's outer edge.
- To create a graduated, mounded effect on the face of the wreath: Attach a row of cranberries on whole toothpicks around the center. Reduce the height of the toothpicks as rows progress toward top and inside edge.
- Continue to attach the cranberries around the face, rather than edge to edge.
- Fashion all-weather ribbon into a bow and wire onto wreath on the center bottom.
Optional: Across the bottom portion of the wreath, replace the cranberries with soft branches of white pine. Attach the pine with U-shaped hairpins. For easier handling, you may want to hang the wreath to affix the pine.
You may choose to spray the wreath with clear lacquer for weatherproofing, but in cold winter weather, it will last for at least a month. Occasionally, a berry or two may need replacing.