Easy Christmas display of decorative greenery found around your yard.
Spruce up your home with Holiday touches that have great fragrance!
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Step 1: Find and Cut Greenery
Tools Needed to cut and trim greenery
1. Craftsman Gloves
2. Craftsman Heavy-Duty Lopper
3. Craftsman Pruner
Cut off full looking shrub ends and leave some clean branch area for easier attachment.
Types of Greenery to use:
Cypress - Flat, supple, blush-green sprays with slender branches can be easily twisted into swags and wreaths.
Spruce Stiff, irregular branches has prickly needles and pinecones may vary from very dark to steely blue.
White Pine long, soft needles (up to 8 inches long).
Laurel produces a pleasingly fruity fragrance.
Eucalyptus dust blue-green leaves give off a lemon-like scent.
Rosemary branches with needle-like leaves.
Magnolia glossy, dark green leaves with a velvety rust-brown underside.
English Holly glossy, dark leaves.
Wates Golden Pine long-lasting needles turn golden only in the winter months.
Cedar tufted clusters of short needles arranges along graceful branches range in color from green to silver-blue.
Step 2: Prepare the Base
The base can be any shape or size. Use your Craftsman Tape Measure to size up your display area. If your base is an unusual size or shape you may need to make a template out of paper and copy it to your base material.
Base area needed:
clean and add a towel or felt if you think you may damage your base.
1. Craftsman Tape Measure
2. Safety Goggles
4. Craftsman C3 Drill
5. Craftsman Staple Gun
6. Craftsman Cutting tools either: Saber Saw, Circular Saw, or Rotary tool
7. Speed Clamp
8. (Cutting guide if needed)
I used 3/4 in. scrap ply-wood for the base and a scrap 1/2 in. piece of pine for the back support.
Cut base material to a slightly smaller size or shape of your base leaving enough area to hold your creation and small so that it is not visible.
Step 3: Begin Adding Your Prepared Greenery to the Base Area
Safely move these tools to your base area to continue working. (Craftsman Small Tool Bag)
1. Craftsman Staple Gun
2. Craftsman Pruning Shears
3. Craftsman Gloves
5. Wire cutter
Go to your prepared greenery and start trimming small pieces to apply to your base. I used a few larger and harder to handle (prickly needled) pines first. Staple the larger ones to the base and upright support. Start in the center of the base and work your way out. Base, then back support, use alternating greenery types. Keep adding various greenery to fill up your base area. See Photos...
Continue as needed...
Add pine cones, English Holly, Ribbon, Christmas decorations to your liking.
Step 4: Final Step
Your Done and it Looks GREAT!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
Keep fresh by spritzing it with water.
Enjoy your fresh decrotive greenery!
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