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PRESS PHOTOS BY ELSA KERSCHNER Lee Sivak displays the heavy, grapevine wreath base she made. PRESS PHOTOS BY ELSA KERSCHNER Lee Sivak displays the heavy, grapevine wreath base she made.
Bill Mineo added berries, pinecones and holly to his demonstration wreath. A thinner base, made from Virginia Creeper vines, is shown by Lorraine Mineo. Bill Mineo added berries, pinecones and holly to his demonstration wreath. A thinner base, made from Virginia Creeper vines, is shown by Lorraine Mineo.
Bonnie Stephens and Connie Nagy choose their greens from piles outside the Osprey House at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington. Bonnie Stephens and Connie Nagy choose their greens from piles outside the Osprey House at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington.
Anthony DelPercio shows the snow globe he made using a clear ball filled with water, greens and glitter. The outside of the ball was painted. The top had to be glued in place when everything inside was completed. Anthony DelPercio shows the snow globe he made using a clear ball filled with water, greens and glitter. The outside of the ball was painted. The top had to be glued in place when everything inside was completed.
Barb Egerton admires the demonstration wreath Bill Mineo completed by adding red ribbon. Barb Egerton admires the demonstration wreath Bill Mineo completed by adding red ribbon.
Brittney Bankos makers a bird feeder with peanut butter and pine cones. Brittney Bankos makers a bird feeder with peanut butter and pine cones.
Barb Thomas holds the ornament she made from a Christmas card. Barb Thomas holds the ornament she made from a Christmas card.
Bill Mineo ties the greens to the base working from the back. Bill Mineo ties the greens to the base working from the back.

Nature Center Christmas craft day treasures

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER ekerschner@tnonline.com in Focus Feature

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, was green with wreaths during Christmas craft day Dec. 7.

Greens, brought by several different people, were piled outside to make the wreaths.

In addition, to the wreaths, attendees could make pinecone bird feeders and tree ornaments.

Bill Mineo and his wife, Lorraine, have been coordinating the wreath project for several years.

The bases are made by wrapping grapevines in a circle being careful to leave a point on one side, which will be the top for hanging the wreath.

Lorraine Mineo showed how one made with Virginia Creeper vines is useful, if the wreath has to fit between doors or some other tight space.

Small branches of greens are clipped, being careful to leave a bit of the branch that can be pushed into the base.

Start adding the branches at the top and go around in the same direction, Bill Mineo said.

From the back, the branches can be tied to the base with a double knot-left over right and then right over left.

Mineo was using Juniper branches, which are soft and pliable.

Using different types of branches, some with short needles and some like white pine with long needles adds interest.

The white pine is also easy to work with, he explained.

When getting back to the beginning, branches are put in sideways and wrapped to make a thick clump to cover the bases of the branches used first – one wrapped toward the back, the other toward the front.

The clump can be covered with a bow.

Pinecones and berries add a decorative touch.

Bill Mineo tucked in a few holly branches.

The berries he brought were from multiflora roses.

Soon, the room was flooded with the Christmas fragrance of greens.

Mineo warned everyone not to make the wreath symmetrical because it is too difficult.

For a wreath to hang outside where it keeps better, there should be more weight so the wind does not blow it down, he explained.