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Pepper Berry Heart Wreath

Wreaths don't have to disappear after Christmas. Try a heart-shaped one this Valentine's Day to set the mood in your home. Dried pepper berries used to adorn the heart are the perfect pink color for the holiday and easy to find. If hung and later stored in a dry place, your wreath should last several seasons.

What you'll need:

  • Quick-drying light-red spray paint
  • 9- or 10-inch heart-shaped willow wreath frame (available at craft supply stores)
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • 1 large bouquet dried pepper berries (available at florists and craft supply stores)
  • 24-inch length of wide satin ribbon
  • 2 dried pink roses

patti From: Holiday Hearts by Pamela Sheldon Johns and Jennifer Barry, photographs by Scott Peterson, © 2002. Used with permission of Ten Speed Press.


Lightly spray paint wreath frame on all sides and let dry.

Heat hot glue gun containing glue stick. Starting at the top of the wreath frame, begin inserting little sprigs of pepper berries into the crevasses of the frame and secure with a drop of hot glue. Layer sprigs on top of each other moving down and around the frame in one direction on each side. Note: Hot gluing will be less messy if you apply the glue to the berry sprigs before inserting them into the frame.

Cover the frame entirely so that none of the top surface of the frame shows through the berries. You can fill in cracks with very small berry clusters at the end as needed.

Thread the ribbon through the top back of the frame and tie in a bow to hang. For an added touch, insert 2 dried pink roses at the top center of the wreath.

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