Home Decor – Making a Holiday Wreath from Scratch – 1

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Design Expert Jennifer Kirschnick shares her holiday wreath decorating tips.

    Jennifer Kirschnick

    Jennifer Kirschnick is the owner of an urban landscaping company located in Baltimore, MD called Baltimore Garden Company LLC. She became interested in nature while growing up on 10 acres in the country, where her parents taught her everything from how to grow vegetables to how to identify trees. She has an English degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC and a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been working in the landscaping industry for over 13 years.

    She has been married for two wonderful years to her husband, Jamol Khamzaev, who works in construction. They live in Baltimore with their cats Darcy, Max and Julius Caesar.

    Jennifer Kirschnick: Hello, this is Jennifer Kirschnick with Baltimore Garden Company and today we are showing you how to do some fun holiday decorations for the outside of your house. The next thing I am going to show you is how to make a reef, not a pre-made reef, but one that you have to make completely yourself. It will probably take you maybe close to an hour to do that yourself but we are just going to show you the main steps of how to do this. The first thing you do is -- you need a cage, a foam to attach all your greens to and you can get these at most craft stores, like, Michaels or Jo Ann. This particular one is made by a company called Kinsmen(ph), it is a pretty substantial one, they come in different diameters, you can get huge ones or you can get very small ones and this is just a cage, that you can disconnect like this and then you put in your floral foam inside. I have broken a brick of floral foam into smaller pieces and before you put your foam in, just make sure you soak it in water for two or three minutes to get it wet.

    Then when you put your greens in it, it just helps to keep the greens a little bit fresher. So, once you have your foam in your cage and I have a bag down here because you are going to make a mess, so just make sure, you protect in nice table cloth or anything. Then you just start adding your greens and you want pieces that are maybe 8 inches long or so. You basically just start putting them in around the frame, all going in the same direction, again you want them out to be around the same length and you just work your way around the frame. It is nice to use a floral foam, you do not have to use some people use wire and we will use a little bit of wire later.

    But for now we are just going to keep putting the greens in the foam. This piece is actually bent a little bit. So, I am just going to use the whole piece because it fits nicely with the shape that we are trying to make. Again, you might just have the cut pieces off of your branches to get the right size that you want. This is actually Fraser fir, that I am using, you can also mix it in with some pine or you can make the whole reef the same type of green, if you want the whole thing to be fir, but we are going to use the couple of different kinds and I am going to mix it in and intermingle the pieces together. You just continue doing this again, all the way around the frame and you are just hiding the base of your branches, any brown part.

    This one is pretty big, so I am going to cut this one down and then once you do the top of the frame again, you want to keep adding pieces to the inside of the frame and the outside until the whole thing is covered. When we come back, we will show you how to add direct of the accent pieces to the reef.