Pick a spot on the wall or fireplace where you want to hang the crescent, and attach two Command hooks. Try hanging the crescent to be sure you like the location. It is best to do this before you start attaching dried materials.
Gather dried plant material and decide on a design, choosing where you want to place the largest or most predominant items. To create a symmetrical design, be sure to have pairs of items approximately the same size plus one main item, something eye-catching like a large artichoke, to use in the center.
If you make the crescent with all dried materials (no evergreens), begin attaching the largest items first, tucking materials with stems into the grapevine weaves. Use hot glue to attach anything without stems. Fill in with smaller materials such as wheat or cotton bolls, tucking in the stems.
If you design the crescent using a combination of greens and dried materials, start with evergreen sprigs, lightly filling in the surface. Add the dried materials, tucking in the stems, or glue if necessary. Fill in empty spaces with more greenery.
How to condition greens
Cut small branches or stems from your evergreen shrubs. Cut the end of the stem on a diagonal. Remove the bottom 2 to 3 inches and put immediately into a bucket of slightly warm water with a floral preservative added. If you are unable to put the stems in water immediately after cutting, recut them again just before placing in water. To make the greenery last longer, remove any needles or leaves that remain below the water level in the container while conditioning.
Note: Boxwood is an exception. It takes up water through its leaves. To fully condition, submerge the entire branch including leaves and the stem. Place an object on top of the branches to keep them submerged.
To keep the greenery fresh as long as possible, leave the branches in water at least 24 hours before removing. Then cut greenery into small sprigs 5 to 6 inches long. Remove leaves or needles from the bottom 1 to 2 inches of the stem.
Briefly let the sprigs dry on a towel so that the dried materials don't become wet when mixed with the wet greenery.