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Make Eucalyptus Wreaths and Swags

Updated on May 7, 2016
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Fresh eucalyptus branches easily yield to wreath shapes, then dry quickly to make fragrant decorations.Eucalyptus trimmings make great wreaths or swags, even if they grow up behind a barn!Bundling branches with ribbons and flowers is an easy way to make swags.
Fresh eucalyptus branches easily yield to wreath shapes, then dry quickly to make fragrant decorations.
Fresh eucalyptus branches easily yield to wreath shapes, then dry quickly to make fragrant decorations. | Source
Eucalyptus trimmings make great wreaths or swags, even if they grow up behind a barn!
Eucalyptus trimmings make great wreaths or swags, even if they grow up behind a barn! | Source
Bundling branches with ribbons and flowers is an easy way to make swags.
Bundling branches with ribbons and flowers is an easy way to make swags. | Source

Using Fresh Eucalyptus Branches


What if, round behind a neighbor’s barn, a eucalyptus tree grew so big that there were trimmings enough to share with the whole neighborhood, each person wanting it being offered as much as they could carry so it wouldn’t go to waste.

Then, what if with your large country portion you decided to make wreaths and swags while the branches were still fresh and pliable, pungent and agreeable?


Well, the first thing that could happen is that your husband might ask, “Where did all that eucalyptus out by the driveway come from?” (He will ask this with particular amazement on a cool morning if you happened to drag batches home in the night when you and your friend took your usual late walk under the stars.)

After he is safely off to work that morning, you would get your gloves (which you should’ve had on the night before) and large snips so you could cut and separate the branches according to their lengths. Then you would begin sizing up the work ahead of you.

You would assess the needed supplies and gather them in the right quantity. If you are like me you don’t like to have to go shopping in the middle of a project, so this would be a very important step. Then you would set aside an appropriate work space and some extra time.

That last tip may seem obvious but, seriously, there might be a point in which your large stash of branches seem to multiply like bunnies on your the kitchen floor. (My patient husband just smiled and waited to see how many fragrant wreaths and swags I would wind up with.)


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A few tools and common supplies are all that's needed for creating eucalyptus arrangements.There are a wide variety of decorative products to use on holiday wreaths and swags.Berries, nuts, and fall leaves make wonderful additions to holiday decorations.Wreaths can be season specific or they can be designed to complement with each season.Incorporating large flowers into swags can be an effective design technique.
A few tools and common supplies are all that's needed for creating eucalyptus arrangements.
A few tools and common supplies are all that's needed for creating eucalyptus arrangements. | Source
There are a wide variety of decorative products to use on holiday wreaths and swags.
There are a wide variety of decorative products to use on holiday wreaths and swags. | Source
Berries, nuts, and fall leaves make wonderful additions to holiday decorations.
Berries, nuts, and fall leaves make wonderful additions to holiday decorations. | Source
Wreaths can be season specific or they can be designed to complement with each season.
Wreaths can be season specific or they can be designed to complement with each season. | Source
Incorporating large flowers into swags can be an effective design technique.
Incorporating large flowers into swags can be an effective design technique. | Source

Supplies Needed for Making Eucalyptus Wreathes and Swags


• Fresh Eucalyptus Branches

• Garden Snips (Sturdy ones.)

• Needle Nosed Pliers (Again, sturdy ones.)

• Green Floral Wire

• Ribbon(s) (I chose cheery kinds without a specific holiday theme that could be used throughout both the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons--mostly a sheer gold.)

• Holiday Floral Picks (Flowers, fruits/vegetables, bows, or other suitable picks for the seasons.)


You Can Do It!

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Piles of branches on my kitchen floor, on the table, and still more to come from outside!Some of the branches naturally lent themselves to oval shaped wreaths, others to round ones or swags.Wreaths filled the dining room table, and eventually there were two layers.They filled the perimeter and spilled into the living room.I filled a drying rack with them, then boxes, then coat racks!Eventually the stacks began to dwindle.Eucalyptus bouquets were easy to make from leftovers.The strong eucalyptus fragrance started getting pretty heady!Adding embellishments to the wreaths is the fun, creative aspect of making wreaths and swags.Large swag installed over arched doorway.
Piles of branches on my kitchen floor, on the table, and still more to come from outside!
Piles of branches on my kitchen floor, on the table, and still more to come from outside! | Source
Some of the branches naturally lent themselves to oval shaped wreaths, others to round ones or swags.
Some of the branches naturally lent themselves to oval shaped wreaths, others to round ones or swags. | Source
Wreaths filled the dining room table, and eventually there were two layers.
Wreaths filled the dining room table, and eventually there were two layers. | Source
They filled the perimeter and spilled into the living room.
They filled the perimeter and spilled into the living room. | Source
I filled a drying rack with them, then boxes, then coat racks!
I filled a drying rack with them, then boxes, then coat racks! | Source
Eventually the stacks began to dwindle.
Eventually the stacks began to dwindle. | Source
Eucalyptus bouquets were easy to make from leftovers.
Eucalyptus bouquets were easy to make from leftovers. | Source
The strong eucalyptus fragrance started getting pretty heady!
The strong eucalyptus fragrance started getting pretty heady! | Source
Adding embellishments to the wreaths is the fun, creative aspect of making wreaths and swags.
Adding embellishments to the wreaths is the fun, creative aspect of making wreaths and swags. | Source
Large swag installed over arched doorway.
Large swag installed over arched doorway. | Source

Easily Design and Create Holiday Wreaths and Swags


Eucalyptus branches are pliable when they are fresh and can easily be formed into wreaths and swags. Though I did make one wreath out of excess wisteria vines so I could add the fragrant branches to it, I found that the eucalyptus formed wreaths very well all by itself.

I wound up making at least a couple dozen, using a few 2-3” pieces of floral wire to hold entwined branches in place. After looking for just the right spot on each one, a 6-8” piece of wire formed nice hangers for them.

Wire edged bows created out of 2.5” ribbon were easily attached simply by tying them in place and manipulating the loops and tails to fit the sizes and shapes of the wreaths. (Bow making videos are include below in case you are unsure of how to make them.)

Finishing off with flowers, berries, sugared fruits, and pine cones was easy with picks from store floral departments. I used two pairs of needle nosed pliers to bend the stems, making a loop in the backs for attaching the picks to the bows.

To call them done, I went back to make sure the hangers did not get bent out of shape in the process of adding the decorations, and then double-checked the bows and tails for good placement. As the wreaths and swags began to multiply I started giving them away, making the effort well worth the time!


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Two oval, two round wreaths--four of the largest ones.  Wreaths were everywhere!Four mini swags.One of the mini wreaths.Medium sized swag.Medium wreath.
Two oval, two round wreaths--four of the largest ones.  Wreaths were everywhere!
Two oval, two round wreaths--four of the largest ones. Wreaths were everywhere! | Source
Four mini swags.
Four mini swags. | Source
One of the mini wreaths.
One of the mini wreaths. | Source
Medium sized swag.
Medium sized swag. | Source
Medium wreath.
Medium wreath. | Source

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Making Bows

Photos of Finished Eucalyptus Creations


These examples of the finished projects all dried into their shapes very quickly. If you make fresh eucalyptus wreaths or swags be sure to keep in mind that even when dried they still have oils in them that could get on your skin or any surface they touch.

As well, they should not get wet (on an exterior door or porch, for instance) because as a natural material they could soften and mildew. Nor should they be placed in direct sunlight if you want to retain the unique green coloring as they will bleach out quickly, though I actually do like the blond color and am enjoying it on my front door.

I’ve already given many of them away, and I have plans to do the same with the remaining wreaths and swags. However, we will miss the heady fragrance of eucalyptus wafting through the whole house. By the time it’s all gone, though, it will be time for gingerbread and wassail anyway.

If you want to make eucalyptus wreaths or swags but don't have a neighbor with an overgrown tree, you can find all the supplies you need at a craft store or online. Floral supplies allow you to mix flowers and ribbons for endless creative designs. They make great gifts as well as naturally-scented decorations for your own home!



Wreath with Large Bow

Easy Decorator's Bow

Painted Eucalyptus!

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    • RTalloni profile image
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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Dolores Monet:

      The fresh branches dry so beautifully that it is extra special to have them. My first-year eucalyptus plant made it through last winter and has been growing this summer. I hope to have my own branches to use eventually. Thanks kindly for checking out these wreaths/swags and letting me know you came by!

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love the smell of eucalyptus and it's great for a wreath to welcome people to your home. I've used dried eucalyptus but using fresh branches would be great. Very nice hub!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Chin chin:

      It really is too bad that you do not have eucalyptus trees there, but I'm sure you have other botanicals with fabulous fragrances that you could use to make herbal wreaths. You could also buy eucalyptus online if you wanted that specifically. Thanks much for stopping in!

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      Chin chin 2 years ago from Philippines

      Most Christmas decorations available in the store do not give a pleasant smell like the eucalyptus. This fresh wreath is definitely more preferable than other decorations because of its fragrance. Too bad we don't have eucalyptus tree here.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      suzettenaples:

      To years ago the events related in this hub actually happened and I am still using the one I made for our front door. Even now the fragrance wafts through the front hall when I open that door. Eucalyptus is amazing stuff and you are right, it is a wonderful ingredient for wreaths throughout the year. Thanks much for stopping in!

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love the smell of eucalyptus and it is so refreshing. I enjoyed reading this and I love the wreath idea. Your directions and explanation are good and easy to follow. These wreaths are beautiful all year around.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      CraftytotheCore:

      This opportunity couldn't be passed up and I've decided that I really do need to get my own eucalyptus tree growing this year. The whole process was indeed quite fun. My husband's surprise at all the branches still makes me smile. :)

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This looks like a really fun project. I love working with eucalyptus and silk flowers.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Thanks so much for sharing this holiday craft hub! Wreaths are fun to make and give, and these just sort of fell in my lap. :)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I had not joined Pinterest when I first read this hub. Will add this to my Christmas board. The holidays are fast approaching. While it is not yet Halloween, I am seeing Christmas trees in some of the stores!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      LongTimeMother:

      That is indeed funny! Perhaps it never occurred to you because they are so common, unlike here.

      Hope you get to enjoy making some of these wreaths soon! Thanks much for coming by. :)

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      lol. I'm sitting here surrounded by eucalyptus trees ('gum trees' as we call them in Australia) and wondering why I've never seen a wreath like yours down here. What a fabulous idea!

      Voted up+.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      mecheshier:

      Thanks much for your kind response to this wreath hub! Eucalyptus is both beautiful and useful, helpful year round in that its fragrance helps open snuffy winter noses and helps repel the insects of summer. It is a refreshing scent for the home and its colors fit any home decor. I agree, what's not to love? ! :)

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Beautiful idea. I love wreaths and eucalyptus (its color and aroma). Thank you for a fabulous Hub

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Debby Bruck:

      It is a lovely thing to have a neighbor with a eucalyptus--next best to having one's own. :) Hope you get to enjoy making a wreath soon!

      No, I'm not in any of the videos, though I did consider making my own, but thanks much for checking these out. Bows are fun to make and I may do one. It's not for lack of ideas that I haven't yet…time is the issue.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      phdast7:

      Thanks kindly--I'm still giving them away!!! New neighbors are moving in next week… :)

      Hope you have fun creating yours--maybe we will see it here? :)

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Hello RTalloni - An interesting idea, to take all that lovely eucalyptus to make wreaths. They look beautiful and have a wonderful fragrance. Were you in the first bow making video? I watched both of them. A neighbor has an enormous eucalyptus tree and if I see him outside, I may suggest this craft. Voted up! Blessings, Debby

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      RT - What beautiful (and ever so fragrant) wreaths you made. I thoroughly enjoyed all the instructions and all the pictures. I have always bought wreaths, but never tried to make one. I may just try to make one this December. :) Sharing.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      innerspin:

      It was indeed a big tree! I hope you enjoy making yours as much as I did mine. :) Thanks bunches for stopping in with your comment!

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Your introduction to the hub was very amusing. That must have been a big tree! Where's a koala bear when you need one? I love the idea of making a wreath, after reading this I'll have a go, so thank you.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      anglnwu:

      Thank you, anglnwu! It was a huge savings, indeed, and our neighbor was very kind to share the eucalyptus!

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      I love the smell of Eucalyptus and your wreaths are beautiful. I like it that you can get the branches free. They're about $3 a bunch, so imagine how much you saved just because you've a neighbor with Eucalyptus to spare. How cool.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      lindacee:

      The eucalyptus fragrance is a lovely greeting each time I open my front door. :) You won't be sorry if you do get to make one of the wreaths or swags! Thank you for stopping in and letting me hear from you!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      What a lovely idea for the fall and holiday season! I love the smell of eucalyptus. I may have to make a trip to Hobby Lobby or Michaels to gather up the supplies. Thanks for the great suggestions!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      FullOfLoveSites:

      I'm so glad you will be able to make use of your eucalyptus thanks to this hub and I very much appreciate that you let me know! Maybe we'll get to see some of your creations?

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      We have eucalyptus trees around our lot... good thing there's your hub, I can make use of the leaves! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      The funny thing is that I did not think to take a picture of the mound in my kitchen floor until I had used about 1/4 of it! Husbands can be very useful in some of these crafts, can't they? :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by with your feedback on this hub!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow Roberta! You really had a great amount of eucalyptus there with which to work! Your husband is probably like mine when I get into a craft making mode...he just smiles and knows that the house will...sooner or later...get back into shape. Ha! Nice photos of your work. I'll bet that your gift recipients were thrilled to get your wreaths and swags. Even that mini wreath was a beauty! Up votes!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Mama Kim 8:

      They are very fragrant indeed! We enjoyed having so much of it in the house. :) Thank you for your visit and feedback!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Beautiful! I bet they smell so wonderful as well ^_^ I loved your story on getting your stash of eucalyptus as well. Voting a bunch and pinning

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Sunnie Day:

      Apparently, eucalyptus is considered a fast growing tree in Texas so you might start a cottage industry of some sort with them. :)

      Thanks much for stopping by and for letting me know that you like these wreaths and swags. The upcoming seasons provide such wonderful opportunities for creative decorating!

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      What a wonderful idea! I wonder if Eucalyptus can be grown here in Texas? Love your hubs and gave me some great ideas for all the seasons.

      Thank you!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Sunshine625:

      Thank you for letting me know it arrived. I appreciate that you were the first to respond to this hub and I'm glad you like it! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for my wreath! It's beautiful and so festive. I will display it during the holiday season and boast about my crafty hubber friend who was kind enough to send it to me. Thanks again! :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      AliciaC:

      Thanks much for letting me know you enjoyed this hub's projects, and that you enjoyed the eucalyptus vicariously! :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Natashalh:

      Thanks very much for stopping in and for letting me know you found this useful. There are some great bow making videos to be found on the web and I wish I could post them all here. :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      nmdonders:

      Thank you kindly! You've learned that once you create your own wreaths it is something you want to do year after year. I hope you get to mix them up to your heart's content! :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      tammyswallow:

      Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed this holiday wreath/swag hub and for all of your input on it!

      They've been a lot of fun to put together and doing the hub was icing on the cake.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      kashmir56:

      Thanks a bunch for letting me know you like the idea of using eucalyptus to make natural wreaths--so appreciate you input!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      randomcreative:

      Thanks much--it's been fun giving them to friends and relatives. Delivered four more this first day of fall and the smiles are so rewarding! :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These decorations look so lovely, and I can smell the eucalyptus in my mind! Making eucalyptus wreaths and swags sounds like a wonderful project. Thank you for the instructions, RTalloni.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Mmmm, I love eucalyptus! And thanks for the linked video on how to make bows. I love making wreaths, but my bows need all the help they can get!

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      Great idea RTalloni. These are really pretty. Created my first homemade wreath just last year and was looking forward to doing it again this year. I wouldn't even mind a few of them to mix it up and have variety. I'll save this idea because I love it!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      These are absolutley gorgeous! I love eucalyptus but only have access to the store bought stuff. Looks like you have Christmas gifts taken care of! Outstanding layout, photos, and designs. Tweeted, pinned, shared!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub and awesome craft idea ! I have never made a wreath using eucalyptus but sounds like it could a nice project to do. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Just beautiful! What a perfect project for fall.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      akirchner:

      Thanks bunches--so appreciate your visit and input!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Movie Master:

      I sure hope you find that tree in your neighborhood, but if not check stores or online for supplies.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your input! :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      Love eucalyptus and these would be just the deal. Love all your pictures and detailed info, Roberta~

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I always look forward to and enjoy making wreaths, I have never used eucalyptus and think this is a wonderful idea - I now need to search the neighbourhood for a tree....

      A fabulous hub thank you and voted up.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Jackie Lynnley:

      Yes, seasonal creating is a lot of fun! It was fun to give more of the wreaths away tonight, too. So appreciate that you stopped by with your input!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      teaches12345:

      It's a fragrance that is both comforting and refreshing to me. Too bad we aren't neighbors! :) Thanks kindly for checking this hub out and letting me hear from you on it!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I don't do things like this anymore but I use to and I remember what fun it was, especially in the fall and up toward Christmas. Such a festive feeling. Great hub. Up and sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I do love the scent of eucalyptus in the home. I would love to have one of these wreaths on my front door. Beautiful suggestions and I voted this up for the wonderful content.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Pamela99:

      Thanks bunches for stopping by with your comment. For people who enjoy the scent the eucalyptus wreaths are a double pleasure!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Sunshine625:

      Not yet, but only because I couldn't find your address. Do you want to send it to me at hpfrndcntct@gmail.com?

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      stessily:

      My friend and I were very pleased, as well as surprised, with the gift of so much eucalyptus because we like it for all the same reasons you mention. I love eucalyptus mulch and I assure you that none of this went to waste. :)

      Thanks very much for stopping in and leaving your delightful input.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I have never made a wreath using eucalyptus, but what a great idea. They are really attractive. You always have the best ideas for crafting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Heck yes! Is the package in the mail yet? :)

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      stessily 4 years ago

      RTalloni, Eucalyptus is one of my favorite fragrances. I also love its coloration. You're "What if" scenario would be a dream come true for me. I loved seeing the photos of eucalyptus branches and wreaths reposing comfortably in your house. A vase of eucalyptus is a visual and olfactory sensation for me. When I have eucalyptus branches, I keep them in vases until the last fragrance dissipates and then I burn them, which releases hidden fragrances.

      Such beautiful wreaths you've created.

      Appreciatively, Stessily

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Sunshine625:

      They really are easy to make, but I know what you mean about it being simpler to buy them. :)

      Thanks kindly for your input here! May I mail you one for being the first to respond to this hub on multiplying wreaths?

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      To answer your question...No, I don't make wreaths or swags. I just buy them. I might decide to make one now after seeing how simple it could be with your easy directions and photos. No, probably not...I'd still just buy them. Superb hub!