Christmas Cranberry Topiary

Learn how to recreate this beautiful decoration, inspired by the White House, for your own home.
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Materials and Tools:

decorative bowl or platter of choice
craft foam blocks
foam topiary cone (The one pictured is 3-7/8" x 14-7/8".)
evergreen boughs (12 were used for this project.)
hot glue and 2 packs glue sticks
2 bags preserved moss
3 bags real cranberries
scissors

Steps:

1. Fill the decorative container with moist craft foam and then begin poking evergreen branches into the foam. The greenery acts as decoration around the tree base and helps hide the inside of the container. Be sure to add water to the craft foam every couple of days; this will keep the greenery fresh longer.

2. Working in small sections, use hot glue to apply a thin layer of preserved moss to the tree cone. Once that's done, start working from the bottom of the cone to hot-glue the individual cranberries. Try to keep the rows as straight as possible.

3. Once the cone is covered with the berries, gently place the tree in the center of the container. The weight of the tree will keep the arrangement sturdy.

* Note: Remember, you are working with real berries and greenery so the arrangement will only last three to four weeks. If you want a longer-lasting arrangement, use artificial greenery and berries.

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