Ceiling medallions come in a variety of designs, from colonial-style rings to ornate Victorian-inspired flourishes—which is why we think they make great wreaths for the lover of architectural details. Here, we coated three lightweight polyurethane medallions (from $17 each; outwatercatalogs.com) in rich shades of green. Hung from red satin ribbon in a tidy group, they telegraph the same festive look as their leafy cousins—but will look just as good as they do now for countless seasons to come. To ensure coverage of all the medallion's "carved" details use an angled brush and two coats of latex paint.
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