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A Merry Garland

Even if your thumb isn't as green as the eucalyptus leaves in our garland, you can still plant natural elements in your holiday decorating. Swags, such as this one of seeded eucalyptus and pepper berries, are fragrant and elegant additions to window treatments.

What You Need:

For one garland:

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Greenery adds seasonal cheer.

  • Two large bunches of seeded eucalyptus (see Tips below)
  • Two large bunches of pepper berries (see Tips below)
  • Medium-gauge florist's wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Nails and hammer (optional)


1. Wire several eucalyptus stems together. Depending on how full you want the garland and how leafy the eucalyptus is, select 2 to 4 branches, aligning the stems. Holding the branches in one hand, use florist's wire to wrap the stalk or lower part of the stems together. After several wraps are completed, place additional branches atop the wired stems.

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Drape the swag over the
decorative end of a curtain rod.

2. Repeat. Continue wrapping the eucalyptus, overlapping and adding stems until the desired length is achieved.

3. Hang the garland (see Tips below), then insert clumps of pepper berries amid the eucalyptus stems wherever a shot of color is needed.


  • Most florists carry seeded eucalyptus -- a variety of the popular greenery that has been allowed to mature until the seeds are visible -- and dried pepper berries.
  • This garland can be hung over the ends of a decorative curtain rod, or on nails hammered into the top of the window frame at the corners.

Continued on page 4:  Shades of the Season


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