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DIY: Holiday wreaths

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From twinkling lights to silver bells and big red bows, it's Christmas time and holiday decorating is in full swing.

When it comes to wreath decorating, here are a few simple and fun money saving tips.

What do you need?

Wreath ($10)

Real pine cones

Pack of artificial cranberries ($5)

Ribbon ($5-10)


Wire cutter

Any extra accessories (glitter, bells, lights, christmas ornaments)

"You can't go wrong with any kind of ribbon," Tori Clark, associate at Sargent's Nursery, suggested.

"We've got some berries and cute little snowmen to put on a wreath," said Tammy Dieman at Cut Above Home.

From traditional red and green to a more rustic burlap style, there's a variety of ribbon options to choose from.

Clark advised stopping by if anyone needs a helping hand, "We get a lot of customers that come in and want us to tie a bow for them, because they have no idea how to make a bow."

Make your own

The time it takes to decorate a wreath can vary. Clark was able to design one in under 10 minutes, but allow more time when adding extra ornaments.

After buying ribbon, craft a bow to put in the center, on top, or on the bottom of the wreath. Use dark green wire to tie the bow to the wreath and a wire cutter for cutting. The rest is free game. Add berries, pine cones, glitter or any other holiday ornament along the side by placing on the wreath and tying dark green wire around so it stays put.

After the final embellishments are placed, the wreath is complete and ready to be hung.

Place it on the front door or around the house, like on a cabinet or hanging from the stair rail. Dieman recommends placing the wreath as a centerpiece for the dining room table, with a candle in the middle.

For more tips and extra help, visit Sargent's Nursery, 3352 N. Service Drive or A Cut Above Home, 320 W. Third St.

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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