1. Use heavy-duty garden shears to cut branches on an angle.
2. Bring the branches to a cool, dry room out of direct sunlight.
3. Gather several 5-gallon plastic buckets. Fill each bucket with one part glycerin and two parts warm tap water. You can buy glycerin at a pharmacy, crafts store or florist. Daniel recommends Fleet brand.
4. Carefully cut a 4-inch slit perpendicular to the bottom of every branch with a utility knife. This allows branches to better absorb the glycerin mixture.
5. Place the branches in the buckets with the cuts submerged for about four weeks. Replace any water that evaporates during that time.
6. After you decorate your home with the preserved greenery, use a spray bottle to gently spritz the branches with water every few days.
Photographed by Gridley + Graves