Fill a basket with greenery, pinecones, and dried berries for a centerpiece or decoration bursting with yuletide cheer.
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To keep greenery fresh longer, line a basket with plastic sheeting and tape it in place around the inside edge. Cut a block of floral foam to fit the basket and press it firmly inside.
For making smooth cuts in foam, use a large kitchen bread knife with a serrated blade.
Trim long branches for the back of the basket and insert them into the foam there.
Cut the branches progressively smaller as you work toward the front of the basket. Layer the different types of branches -- we used pine, spruce, and cedar -- for contrast.
Push stems with dried berries between the branches. Add the pinecones as space allows. If necessary, tie them to the branches with thin floral wire or 24-gauge galvanized wire.
If you lined your basket in the first step, add water to the foam until it’s moist. Continue watering it periodically as it dries out.