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Step one: Prep your “ingredients.”
Gather some feathers (available at Coast Wholesale Florist), eucalyptus pods, Brazilian pepper berries (or other berries), Scotch pine and incense cedar--all of which can be found at the SF Flower Mart. Use clippers to cut everything down to five to eight inches, defoliating a few inches at the bottom of each stem. You’ll also need a few inches of gold wire, three pins and a few inches of ribbon (shown at bottom).
Step two: Assemble your ingredients.
Lay the branches on top of one another, varying the heights (there’s no “right” way to do this). Tuck the feathers behind the bundle.
Step three: Wire it all together.
Wrap the wire around the bundle several times, then tuck in the loose end. Clip the bottom of the branches so there’s about two inches underneath the wire.
Step four: Add the finishing touches.
Wrap your ribbon around the stems several times, leaving one inch free. Loop the rough end of the ribbon inside and secure it with three pins.
You pin elaborate tablescapes all day (and night) long. But when it comes to actually DIY’ing during the crazed holiday season, you prefer to keep things fairly simple.
Luckily, you can quickly make your own gorgeous (and remarkably easy) place settings with a little help from Gayle Nicoletti. The proprietress of floral-design shop Bloomingayle’s excels at elegant, airy arrangements. Her new outpost at Mill Valley Lumber Company is filled with her work as well as foliage for making your own arrangements--and she hosts onsite workshops there to boot.
Here, she walks us through the process of assembling a mini swag made with greenery, which can be laid on a napkin or popped into a decorative mason jar--no water required.
129 Miller Ave., Mill Valley; 415-298-4047 or gaylenicoletti.com
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