Video: Tips for decorating your own holiday wreath

A homemade wreath can really brighten a holiday gathering and is not difficult to make. (Courtesy photo.)

In this video, Irina Sheshukova, an instructor of floral design in Kansas State University’s Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources, walks viewers through the process of decorating a holiday wreath.

Most designs incorporate some basic steps, but she encourages viewers to “be creative.”

“Add whatever you want to your design; this is a time to be creative,” Sheshukova said, adding the wreath should reflect “your personal touches.”

A basic wreath can be purchased at a professional floral shop, garden store or even the grocery store. Tools needed include clippers, wire cutters and a glue gun.

Some selections to add to the evergreen base include novel fir, Douglas fir, Port Orford cedar, white pine, Oregonia Boxwood and others. Accessories might include pine cones, ornaments, flowers or any other decorations – Sheshukova is especially fond of reds, silvers and golds for the holiday season.

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