I thought I was so smart, and brought out a faux Christmas tree from storage. I tried to cheat and leave the lights on and just poof out the branches, but it looked awful. So I stripped the lights off and did it right… straightened each and every branch one. by. one.
It still looked awful. Not sure what happened, or maybe my eyes finally opened. But this one wasn’t happening. So I gave up the fight, and took it for a walk to the curb, (it disappeared in minutes, yay!) and took off to the backyard with my clippers instead.
We plan to get a real tree this year a little later on, so until then, there are plenty of trim materials on hand that WILL look great because it’s the real deal. Nature never does it wrong.
I love nature’s shopping mall for Christmas decorating. There is so much variety to choose from right outside the door. Where else can you stay in pjs while filling up your baskets with all you need for Christmas?
Ever do that? Get into ‘the zone’ so deep that you forget to get dressed for the day? Not I… heh.
While I loved our grapevine full of fall leaves, I also get giddy after they’ve dropped. Look what I get to play with!
The experiment of broken down grapevine branches for this twig / pinecone garland was a true win.
Next year I’ll make one out of a standard branch like this. I did an experiment with this and it turned out gorgeous!
Tips for branches:
Spread among greens for a rustic feel.
Add pinecones to the mix for a woodsy variation.
Cut branches to create garlands or stars.
Add to wreaths to create more interest.
Cut firewood or logs to create candle holders, centrepieces, or ornaments.
Spray branches for a completely different look.
Leave branches bare and decorate with lights or hang ornaments.
But the BIG motherload in my world is when I come across this.
This gorgeous (blue spruce?) will create a lovely highlight among other greens. (coming soon!
Tips for evergreens:
Use for mantels, stair rail trim, planters, toppers on most anything!
Mix a variety of greens for a truly unique look.
Small amounts of real greens are easy to change out and keep fresh.
It dries wonderfully and stays green for the most part.
Spray snow will help to lighten up dark areas.
Be sure to not turn on lights around trim that is too dry.
(check out a fresh greens wreath HERE)
I admit, I did bring out my (one) Christmas box for a few of the ornaments and lights. But long gone are all the other things I use to have.
Tips for colour and interest
Use fruit, such as apples, miniature pears and real cranberries for a true natural red beauty.
String together nuts for a rustic garland.
Decorate colourful objects so nature can stay neutral.
Nature, quite simply, always does it best.
Are you also a natureaholic when it comes to Christmas decorating? What do you make?
(reveals to these sneak peeks will fire up Dec 1st!)