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Ode to a Holiday Urn

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Of all seasonal decorations, a pine wreath is one of the most beloved. The traditional green takes an unconventional turn as a topper on an urn. Trimmed with glittered balls, an artificial bird, and berry clusters, the design is sheer poetry.


  • Six 8-inch-long wooden skewers
  • Styrofoam brand foam: 3-inch-diameter ball, 2½-inch-diameter ball, 2-inch-diameter ball, 4×8×2-inch block, and 14-inch-diameter wreath
  • Low-temp hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Crafts glue
  • Glitter: red, silver, and green
  • 10-inch-tall rustic urn
  • Serrated knife and old candle
  • Reindeer moss: green
  • Three or four faux evergreen bunches with pinecones
  • Florist's pins
  • Faux cardinal
  • Seven large berry clusters: red


  1. MAKE THE GLITTER BALLS: Push a wooden skewer halfway into each foam ball and hot-glue in place. Cover the 3-inch-diameter ball with crafts glue and sprinkle with red glitter, working over a container to catch the excess glitter. Insert skewer with glittered ball into foam block to dry. Repeat with remaining foam balls, using silver glitter on the 2½-inch-diameter ball and green glitter on the 2-inch-diameter ball. When glue on balls is dry, remove skewers with glittered balls from the foam block.

  2. PREPARE THE URN AND WREATH: Insert foam block vertically into the urn. For ease in cutting the foam block, rub serrated knife across an old candle; cut block even with top of urn. Cut the removed section into smaller pieces and press them into the spaces inside the urn; make sure all pieces fit snuggly inside the urn. Cover foam wreath with reindeer moss, hot-gluing it in place. Insert evergreen stems around the wreath front, securing them with florist's pins and hot glue.

  3. FINISH THE DESIGN: Position wreath on top of the urn and secure it using the three remaining skewers, florist's pins, and hot glue. Cover any gaps around top of urn with reindeer moss hot-glued in place. Referring to the photo, hot-glue skewers with glittered balls and the faux cardinal to bottom edge of wreath. Randomly insert berry clusters into wreath. Trim short pieces from an evergreen bunch and hot-glue them around the top of the urn to balance the shape.
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