Here's how it's done: Gather the trimmings from the bottom of your Christmas tree. (No fear if you don't do the live tree thing. Skip to the next paragraph to learn the work around.) You know, the ones you clip off so it will fit down in the tree stand? Don't throw them out! Pick out a few nice, full branches to drape over your mailbox. I used some plain old twine to wrap them together and then did a few loops around the post in back. So far they've held up great, and we've had some windy days! I then add a bow from a gorgeous Christmas package from a few years ago and tie it to the top with florist wire. If you don't have a pre-made bow handy, just use some thick, wire-edge ribbon of your choice to make your own. And there you have it! Easy Christmas cheer!
If you don't have a live tree to get clippings from, just try your local tree seller. I was at Home Depot last week and the tree guy said a lady had just come by with a basket and asked for a load of clippings. She got all she wanted for free! The tree guy said, the trimmings are just thrown in the dumpster. So it won't hurt to ask to scavenge for some beautiful live greenery for this project while you're out and about at a tree stand near you!