The traditional evergreen wreath will always hold a special place in our hearts, but it’s fun to mix things up every now and then. Typography is having a major moment in the design world, and a simple letter can make a bold statement, especially when covered in berries and hung on your front door. This project is great because it’s affordable — less than $8 for all of the supplies — and it’s really versatile. You could swap out the berries for moss, mini pinecones, cedar, holly leaves, or yarn. You could even get ambitious and spell out a full word to hang on your windows or on the wall. —EJC
• Wooden letter (We used a 9-inch “G”)
• Red berry garland
• Black spray-paint
• Glue gun
1. If your letter is a light color, you’ll probably want to spray-paint it black to avoid any color showing through. To prevent the letter from sticking to the paper, prop it up on two disposable cups while painting.
2. While the paint is drying, start cutting small bunches of berries (not individuals) off of the larger bunch.
3. Now it’s time to glue. Picking out little sections of berries, manipulate them to fit the shape of your letter and then glue them down. If you haven’t used a glue gun before, word to the wise: The heat is no joke. Be careful not to get it on your skin.
4. We ended up applying two layers of berries to the letter, which gave some additional height and texture to fill in the gaps.
5. Loop a pretty ribbon through the top of the letter to hang on your door, or attach it to a wreath using florist wire.
Kristen Gastaldo is the manager of the Music Farm and founder of the Lowcountry Artist Market (lowcountryartistmarket.blogspot.com). She doesn’t consider herself to be particularly crafty, and her husband Michael accuses her of creating the market just so she can shop. The couple lives in Longborough with their cat Mable.