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Make your Own Wreath – It’s time to decorate for winter holidays, and it’s really inexpensive if you use natural materials (and they go in the compost bin when you’re done—so nothing to store). Long before Gardenerd, we used to make our own wreath for the front door from free or cheap materials that are easy to find. The free part: use trimmings from the base of the Christmas tree that are cut off for the stand. Soak the stems in water (or the bathtub) to keep them moist as long as possible. Cheap parts: a wreath frame (either wire or straw) and some flexible wire. Tie the wire to a starting point on the wreath frame. Next, cut small branches and cluster them together as you wrap the wire around the frame to hold the branches in place. Continue with clusters around the frame until it is covered. Tie off the wire and make sure to create a loop on the back to hang the wreath. Add decorative elements like recycled ribbon, holly, pine cones (also free in many places) and voila! You’re done. Find helpful hints for making your own compostable wreath here. Or take Martha’s approach.