Wreaths of the Heartland
The Dairy State is also the nation's leading producer of cranberries. We wrapped strands of cranberries around a simple evergreen wreath and added a wire "floor" to the hole.
To make this wreath: Start with a grapevine wreath (ours was 18 inches wide). Create a "floor" for the wreath by stringing wire in a crisscross pattern across the bottom, attaching it to the wreath form. Wrap long branches of evergreens around the form, wiring the greenery into place. Using small-gauge wire, string fresh cranberries (make sure they're very firm, not mushy), and loop the string around the evergreen wreath. The length will depend on how closely you want the cranberry strings spaced apart. Thread four wires about 2 feet long with cranberries. (Make the wires longer if you're creating a larger wreath.) Wire each string to the wreath, spaced at equal distances apart. Leave extra wire at each end to join at the top to hang from a hook on a porch or inside. On the wire floor, place a glass bowl with a pillar candle.