Wreaths are welcoming accessories any time of the year, but it seems Christmas wreaths are the ones most visible. You might already have one hanging on your front door, but do you have one to use as part of a centerpiece on your dining table?

'Tis the season for making homemade things –– to give, to keep and, perhaps, to use year after year.

It's always nice to make special holiday cookies at this time of year, both for giving and for personal consumption. It's nice to make personalized gifts for people any time of year, but particularly now. And it is always nice to make special decorations for your home.

Let's try some rather easy, yet attractive, do-it-yourself decorations suggested by HGTV.

Wreaths are welcoming accessories any time of the year, but it seems Christmas wreaths are the ones most visible. You might already have one hanging on your front door, but do you have one to use as part of a centerpiece on your dining table? A moss-and-cranberry wreath might just be what you need.

First let's gather the materials. You will need:

-- An 18-inch straw wreath form
-- Three bags of reindeer moss (choose all light-colored, all dark-colored or a combination)
-- A hot-glue gun and glue sticks
-- A bag of fresh cranberries
-- Thin hemp twine
-- An upholstery needle
-- Scissors
-- Ribbon

All of the above except the cranberries should be available at any hobby store. Cranberries should be at your grocery store.

First, using hot glue, attach the moss to the straw wreath form. Add a small amount at a time, holding the moss onto the wreath in order to give the glue time to adhere. Continue adding moss. If you are using dark and light colors, alternate between the shades. Continue gluing until the entire wreath form is covered.

Next, string the fresh cranberries onto the hemp twine. Cut lengths of hemp approximately 16 inches long and tie a knot on one end. Then thread the twine onto the upholstery needle. String the cranberries with the needle, onto the twine.

Each string should be long enough to wrap around the wreath one time. Now wrap the lengths of these cranberries around the wreath, tying them in the back. The lengths can be wrapped in a spiral pattern or in a crisscross pattern. You choose. Finish the wreath by looping a ribbon onto it.

The ribbon can be simply decoration, if the wreath is to be used as a centerpiece, or it can be used to attach a hook for hanging.

This moss wreath is for one-time use.
    
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of "Mystery of Color." For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest@aol.com.