Handmade Gift: Craft a Healthy and Edible Wreath

Clementines are a favorite seasonal fruit around the holidays as well as a popular gift basket filler. Take this tasty gift to the next level by turning them into a gorgeous wreath. It’s the perfect present for neighbors, teachers and a healthy alternative to all the holiday sweets.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Materials Needed

  • 7-9 clementines
  • clear cellophane wrap
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • sprigs of fresh-cut greenery
  • gift tag
  • pen

Cut Cellophane Wrap

Use sharp craft scissors to cut a piece of clear cellophane wrap approximately 8” wide. Use full width of the roll. Tip: Cellophane can tear easily, so have extra on hand and be gentle when handling it.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Space + Tie On First Clementine

Arrange clementines in a line along the cellophane to determine spacing (Image 1). Use an odd number of clementines. Once satisfied with the spacing, remove all but the center clementine. Wrap center clementine in cellophane (Image 2) and tie each side snugly with a 6” piece of yarn (Image 3).

Tie Remaining Clementines

Repeat step 2 with remaining clementines, an even number on either side of the center clementine (Image 1). Tie off each end with a simple knotted piece of yarn to secure and trim ends. Pinch the two ends together and secure with a 12” piece of yarn (Image 2).

Finish with Greenery + Tag

Collect a small bouquet of live greenery sprigs. Evergreens, herbs, or seasonal flowers could be used. Secure them to the wreath with the 12” piece of yarn. Once greens are secured, thread a tag labeled with the recipient’s name through yarn (Image 1). Tie yarn in a bow. Tip: Since the wreath doesn’t have a form to help hold its shape, present it on a solid surface (Image 2) like a clear, white or festive paper plate for some added support.

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