WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- It takes less than 30 minutes and less than $20 to make a professional-looking holiday arrangement to hang on a fireplace, door or wall at your home.
No glue or wire is needed. Materials are simple and affordable because many pieces are cut from evergreens in your yard.
The framework is a crescent-shaped grapevine form you purchase for less than $10, depending on its size, at floral supply places and arts and crafts stores. Botanical materials such as lotus pods, dried celosia and yarrow and wheat can also be purchased at stores or harvested from your yard.
"You stick the greenery and floral pieces between the grapevine weaves," says Betsy Anderson while she creates one.
"That's the beauty of the grapevine."
Anderson, a past president of Green Spring Garden Club in Williamsburg, Va., makes the grapevine arrangement in preparation for the club's annual Christmas Homes Tour in Colonial Williamsburg.
"When planning the crescent arrangement, one of the most important things to do is to decide exactly where it will hang before starting to attach the dried materials," says Anderson.
"That way you can place hooks on the wall and try hanging the undecorated crescent, rather than risk damaging some of the dried materials after they are in place."
Command removable hooks by 3M, available in various sizes and styles, are an ideal way to hang a fairly lightweight holiday decoration, according to garden club members. When choosing one, check the package for the maximum weight each hook will support. They are easily removed when you take down decorations, leaving no holes in the wall or damage in any paint. For the grapevine crescent, Anderson chooses hooks, each able to support up to 3 pounds, with thin metal hangers so they easily slip between the grapevines.
Here's how to make the crescent wall hanging for your own holiday decorating needs.