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- 12-inch wire wreath frame
- Paddle of 22-gauge floral wire
- Wire snips
- With pruning shears, cut 30 to 40 leafy branch tips, each about 8 to 12 inches long, from trees or shrubs that are starting to show fall color.
Twist a 1-inch loop of floral wire and secure it to the back of the frame. The loop will be used later to hang the wreath.
Cluster three or more branches in a way that allows the leaves to feather naturally over each other; avoid crushing the leaves.
Using a short length of floral wire, secure the stems together.
Twist the wire to leave two ends about 3 inches long.
Place the bundle of stems flat against the wreath frame and secure it in place with the wire. Snip off the excess wire and tuck the sharp ends behind the stems.
Repeat step 3, placing each successive branch cluster so its leaves cover the stems of the previous cluster. Overlap the leaves densely to make a full wreath and hide the form entirely.
Tuck the last bundle of branches under the tips of the first.
A wreath of this size usually requires 10 to 12 leaf clusters. For variety, consider adding crabapple-laden twigs, sweetgum seed pods, or grass plumes.
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