Making Christmas decorations from nature is a very old tradition. The earliest Christmas decorations were garlands made of tree branches, living Christmas trees and evergreen wreaths. Natural materials have always been and will always be part of the decoration for the holidays. You can decorate your home with objects from nature and not only be both modern and traditional, but save a lot of money at the same time. Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Natural Wreaths
Natural wreaths are available in almost every store, but you can make your own and save money.
- You can make a small or large crown of English ivy. English Ivy is easy to grow and grows fast enough. Once your plant has a certain length, wrap the ivy around a frame that you have inserted into your jar. You can add lights or just about any type of decorations that you like like berries or other natural decorations.
- Another great way to make a wreath is to make one of cut green vegetables. Use a round wire frame that you can make from a hanger or you can buy one in any craft store. Take some of your evergreen bunches and tie them together at the base with wire. Then, wrap the evergreen branches around the wire frame or take a separate hanger and weave the wire around the branches from beginning to end, then form it in a circle. You can decorate the evergreen clusters with natural fruits and berries and put an arch at the top.
- For Christmas tree wreaths, take a few small twigs and make wreaths to hang them on your Christmas tree.
- You can use a handmade polystyrene circle and add leaves, berries and pine cones with fresh laurel leaves glued to scent. You can also use a glue gun to stick everything to the craft circle instead.
2. Natural Garland
Instead of buying garlands at the store for your staircases or for your coat, make them out of evergreen cut branches. Wire the evergreen branches and wrap them around your handrails or place them on your coat. They also look good on a door in a booty design.
When you make your garland, add a few bay leaves for a wonderful scent. If you have a laurel shrub, the cut leaves of the shrub would be perfect. If you do not have laurel shrub, you can also buy laurel leaves in bulk in some markets. Secure the bay leaves with string until you have the length you need, then mix them with the evergreen branches. Then add the dried fruits, pine cones and berries.
3. Studded Oranges or Cloves
Cloves or apples are a wonderful traditional decoration and many years ago they were offered as gifts. They have been called pomanders and some of them still exist in museums. Oranges, apples and lemons are generally used to make pomanders. They are very easy to make and they smell wonderful! Here are some easy instructions for you to make your own pomanders.
- First, with a small knit needed, skewer or fork, pierce the fruit everywhere, making each hole about "" apart. Then put dried pods in all the holes.
- In a small paper bag, mix 2 teaspoons of ground clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the teaspoon of iris root to the ground if you can find it. The iris root helps to dry and preserve the fruits.
- Put the studded fruit in the paper bag and shake to completely coat the fruit. Then place the fruit in a cool, dry place for two weeks. Shake the apple once a day. Pomanders look as good in a bowl or displayed on a coat.
These are just a few ideas for decorating your home this holiday season with nature. S & # 39; fun!