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2 sheets of handmade paper: $3
5 cardboard boxes: $2.50
red and green raffia: $2
florist foam: $1.23
Handmade papers are works of art that don't cost a fortune. Here, two sheets of vibrant green-striped paper cover plain cardboard boxes in various sizes.
Place dry florist foam in each box, and tuck in three elaeagnus branches, stripped of leaves, into each piece of foam. Gather the tops of branches in each box, and secure with red and green raffia. Tuck small pieces of decorative cellophane into the base of the boxes.
Scatter a few more paper-wrapped boxes without branches for extra color. Finish the display with additional elaeagnus branches, leaves included, draped along the mantel. --created by Buffy Hargett