20 Dec2009

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Sometimes, a little imagination is all you need to make a nice Christmas wreath without spending a whole lot of money. If you were reading this blog last Christmas, you might have noticed this wonderful wreath we received from a friend… Made by the team of Fiore di M, by Margarita Fores, it was stored in a plastic bag for the last year and given a simple facelift today. The original ribbons and dried pasta were removed (dried pasta had been munched on by bugs) and some very fresh Baguio pine branches were attached with the use of thin floral wire…

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The vine wreath was a wonderful base to build on. Surrounded by some baguio pine, it looked good plain, and had a nice fragrance to boot. This was roughly PHP30 worth of baguio pine branches. At this time of year, they sell three medium sized bunches for PHP100 at the Dimasalang flower market.

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Next, I put a small piece of floral foam or oasis at the bottom of the inner part of the wreath, secured it with a little wire, and arranged one large red carnation and about a dozen or so roses, also from Dimasalang. Along with some red ribbon, this whole wreath cost some PHP90 to make. Not bad, huh? And you can just change the flowers when they wilt, or replace them with a less perishable ribbon instead.

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With fresh mistletoe hanging above this wreath on our front door, it is indeed beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our home… I hope you are all faring well with your own holiday preparations!

 

COMMENTS:

  1. miles says:

    kewl wreath mm!!!

    Dec 20, 2009 | 9:23 am

     
  2. Jade186 says:

    Don’t forget red stockings filled with sweets like candy cane and cheerful little gifts :)

    Dec 20, 2009 | 9:25 am

     
  3. miles says:

    by the by, mm, is there no little brown book for this year?

    Dec 20, 2009 | 9:48 am

     
  4. Vicky Go says:

    You are so artistic & creative! That’s a beautiful wreath! We have two holly bushes in our backyard & my husband makes two wreathes every year (one for us, one for his sisters). He recycles the base but always uses fresh holly leaves. He has to make them as soon as he cuts the leaves because once they dry, they become so viciously prickly! We leave the berries on the bushes for the winter birds to feast on.

    Dec 20, 2009 | 10:16 am

     
  5. kurzhaar says:

    That looks more like juniper than pine, I think? Interesting needles.

    Dec 20, 2009 | 10:54 am

     
  6. millet says:

    nice and simple. am so tired of seeing those silk poinsettias everywhere.

    Dec 20, 2009 | 11:04 am

     
  7. Marketman says:

    kurzhaar, interesting you should note that, I bet you are correct, they DO look like juniper greens… In the Philippines, anything from the northern mountain region that is evergreen is often labelled “pine”… thanks. miles, no brown book this year. vicky, I have a holly post coming up for those who have never seen a bush… :)

    Dec 20, 2009 | 11:16 am

     
  8. Marie says:

    MM, this is such a unique and innovative way of recycling old christmas decors-thanks for the great idea :-) The wreath looks even more charming!

    Dec 20, 2009 | 10:32 pm

     
  9. marilen says:

    A blessed Christmas and happy New Year to MM and family and to all ‘in the family’ who look into this blog, share interesting conversations and spread much good cheer!!

    Dec 21, 2009 | 1:33 am

     
  10. sister says:

    Could it be cypress?

    Dec 21, 2009 | 1:42 am

     
  11. Marketman says:

    sister, yes, it could be cypress as well, several varieties grow in the North, and these do have a pine type fragrance…

    Dec 21, 2009 | 6:34 am

     
  12. lian says:

    hi mm, i’m from baguio and yep we call it cypress. =)

    Dec 21, 2009 | 9:43 am

     
  13. Marketman says:

    Thanks, lian!

    Dec 21, 2009 | 10:08 am

     
  14. sonia ner says:

    i love your use of fresh leaves and flowers beautiful!!!! — and so inexpensive. will also look lovely laid on a dinner table with candles in the void center.

    thanks for the idea.

    merry christmas and all good wishes for another year of simply delightful MM blogging

    Dec 21, 2009 | 11:07 am

     
  15. vance says:

    Wow, very pretty! :D Happy holidays!

    Dec 21, 2009 | 7:31 pm

     
  16. Fiona says:

    Where can I order Fiore di M flowers?

    Jan 18, 2011 | 10:00 am

     
 

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