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July 12, 2014, 4:37 am

Classes teach art of making decorations

Starting next week, the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania at 100 E. Northwestern Ave. will hold classes on how to make holiday ornaments, wreaths and Christmas trees for those who want to get into the spirit.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon next Saturday, Dyan Krajnikovich, an artist, teacher and the owner of Pottery Works Mobile, will host the Keepsake Ornaments for the Holidays workshop. Completed projects can be picked up around Dec. 15.

On Dec. 4, Cheryl Wilks, floral educator, florist and the owner of the Flower on Location, will host two separate holiday wreath classes from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The workshop will focus on making wreaths from scratch with fresh boughs of greens. A wire and a spool ring will be used to construct the wreaths.

Wilks has been teaching to all ages and abilities for years, and guarantees success and smiles no matter how creatively challenged the students may be.

“This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, making beautiful pieces to decorate your home or to give as a gift to a special person," she said.

Wilks will also host the Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights classes, being held on Dec. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. To celebrate dinnertime during the holidays, a centerpiece is always a good way to decorate the table.

Participants will be shown how to create a centerpiece with various colored bowls and glass vases, and with flowers that reach 22 to 24 inches tall. The flowers will last for four to five weeks.

"This workshop makes you start signing ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ as you design an arrangement with hardy greens in the shape of a tree," Wilkes said. "Bring a friend or two to enjoy a fun workshop."

For more information about upcoming holiday classes, call (215) 247-5777.