Natural pine wreaths look authentic and smell nicer than artificial ones, but like real Christmas trees, they need TLC to prolong their lives. Learn how to keep a live wreath fresh so that it doesn't dry out and can last through the holidays.
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How to Keep Live Christmas Greenery Fresh
Cut greenery has no source of moisture, so the drying-out process begins right away. Fresh Christmas greenery will last indoors for up to two weeks or so, although, when hung outside in colder climates, it will last longer. Always display your greenery away from heat sources and out of direct sunlight, as both are drying. If you see a few brown needles or leaves, gently remove them, taking care not to damage the greenery.
You can also try an anti-desiccant spray. These products are designed to protect plants from the elements by sealing the pores on the leaves and bark. In addition, mist your wreaths and greenery with water once a day. Do not overdo it, or the water will drip on the floor. When the decorations are outside, they will benefit from a little bit of rain, or you can mist them more heavily than you would indoor wreaths.
Tricks for Hanging Christmas Wreaths
When hanging a wreath, ensure that it's well attached, as well as attractively placed. For hanging, choose a ribbon that matches the wreath and your décor, which can help avoid the use of hooks or nails. Pick a strong, durable ribbon, and make sure that the wreath is in the top half of the door, centered at eye level. Hold the wreath where you want it to hang, and measure the distance from the inside top edge to the top of your door. Cut a piece of ribbon that is two times that measured distance, plus 3 inches.
Slip your ribbon around the wreath, and then knot it 1 inch from the ends, forming a long loop. Move the loop until the knots are hidden behind the top. Hold up the wreath on the door and fold the ribbon loop's end of the top of it. Using a staple gun, attach the ribbon to the top of the door, and you're done, unless your door is made from fiberglass and metal and cannot be stapled. In this case, you need an adhesive hook.
Using Hooks for Hanging
With hooks, see where you want the wreath to sit and determine its hanging height. Holding it in place, measure the distance from inside its top edge to the top of the door; also measure how deep the door is.
Cut a piece of ribbon that's two times the measured height and depth, and add 12 inches. Slip in the ribbon and knot it as described above. Hang the adhesive hook upside down on the inside of the door about 6 inches from the top. Center the wreath, thread the ribbon up over the opened door onto the other side and the hook.