A tail of evergreens with bright pops of color replaces the usual big red bow.

By Real Simple
Updated September 23, 2016
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A tail of evergreens with bright pops of color replaces the usual big red bow.

What You’ll Need

Evergreen wreath (any variety)

8 additional evergreen branches (4 each of 2 varieties); if the wreath has short needles, use long-needled branches for contrast (and vice versa)

5 bunches of berries (2 bright red, 2 dried white tallow, 1 dark red); for both the bright and dark red berries, choose from viburnum, winterberry, holly, Hypericum, crab apple, rose hip, or any other varieties you find and like

Garden gloves, shears, and 1 spool of medium-gauge floral wire

What to Do

1. Lay the wreath on a table. Set aside 3 long (12- to 18-inch) evergreen branches to create the drapey cascade. Trim the stems of the remaining 5 branches to 8 inches each. Trim the stems of 1 bunch of bright red berries and 1 bunch of white berries to about 6 inches each.

2. In your hand, make a loose bunch of 1 short (8-inch) evergreen stem, 2 short (6-inch) stems of bright red berries, and 1 short stem of white berries. Attach the bunch with wire at 10 o’clock on the wreath. Repeat, laying each bunch over the stems of the previous one, counterclockwise, until you’ve “berried” almost half the wreath.

3. At the center of the berried part of the wreath (about 8 o’clock), poke in the 3 long evergreen branches so that they arc down. Use 1 long piece of wire to bind all 3 branches together in the back.

4. Attach the remaining berries to the cascade: 2 or 3 long stems of dark red, 2 or 3 long stems of bright red, and 1 or 2 long stems of white.

5. Tuck the remaining evergreen stems into the unberried part of the wreath.6. Tuck in extra berries as desired.

How Long It Will Last

This wreath could last for weeks outside. The berries might shrivel a bit, but that can look pretty. If the extra greenery doesn’t age well, just pull it out and replace it.