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Create Your Own Festive Wreath

Longwood Gardens floral designer demonstrates how to make a gorgeous holiday decoration

AARP members can watch this video through Mar. 5, 2024; run time is 57 minutes. This is a recording of a live event, so references to participation in the chat no longer apply.
Courtesy: Longwood Gardens

Kick off the holiday season by creating a custom wreath that will fill your home with festive fragrances. Floral design instructor Shannon Toal demonstrates how to create a fresh wreath that will bring warmth to your home.

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A classic holiday decoration, the traditional wreath has a timeless charm that brings cheer and beauty to doors, mantels and walls.  

The supplies needed to build the wreath made in this video include:

  • 18-inch wreath frame or grapevine wreath frame
  • Spool wire or jute string
  • Mix of winter evergreens. Can include noble fir, western red cedar, incense cedar, princess pine
  • 5 pine cones
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 to 9 red ornaments
  • Holiday ribbon

Longwood Gardens is world-renowned for its dedication to botany, design, education and art. The botanical garden, located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, has more than 1,000 acres of woodlands, gardens and meadows.

This video is part of AARP’s Virtual Community Center, where you can find a variety of free virtual events designed for learning, self-improvement and fun.


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