I have come full circle in my Christmas decoration aspirations. When I first started to get really into Christmas decorating, it was all about the freebies: the greenery on my doorstep I could nip out in my slippers and grab, the sprigs of holly I could nick from the neighbours, the berry branch I could nab from the park. Last year I had a technicolour swing, and drunk on a tinsel-clad rainbow, went all out on fluro’s and singing cyans and sunny yellows. And of course I still have those decorations because I have a hideous hoarding tendency, a rather nasty habit that occasionally comes back to entirely swamp me, like NOW. But this year, due to the huge changes that swept through our lives, dragging us with it slightly reluctantly I must say, I am feeling a strong need to simplify and go back to basics, and am finding Inspiration from past Christmasses. I’m not planning on doing all that much this Christmas- Our little potted tree, our willow branch stars, jars adorned with garden greenery. I have rather grand plans for the eee-normous rosemary bush in the garden too. Oo err!
I am doubly excited to welcome Lou this month with the most wonderful simple Christmas wreath. Over to Lou:
This time of year, we are all looking forward to decorate the home for the festive season. Wreathes inside are a wonderful way of bringing nature indoors. I love to use items from the garden or foraged / found on our walks in the woods. I never tidy the garden after the summer, and love to allow plants to natural dry outside.
This year I am trying to forgo the traditional pine covered wreath and use different materials instead. I am in love with dried flowers and foliage at the moment, they can add a simple, rustic and natural element to the home.
In each of the following examples I used a simple twig style wreath as the base. You can buy similar from here.
Here are three examples…
Using dried sweet pea stems, sycamore keys, hydrangea bracts, bracken leaves and agapanthus seed heads.
Twist the sweet pea stems around into a circle and feed into the wreath (you won’t need to use wire, but you can if you like)
Add the other dried ingredients to the wreath to give a rustic and informal arrangement.
Using 3 dried hydrangea heads, bracken and hydrangea bracts.
Arrange the hydrangea heads around the wreath, you want it to look balanced but not symmetrical. Add the other dried flora to compliment the blooms, you want these to be the star of the show.
I find feathers on every weekend walk. These are a mix of wood pigeon, blackbird and raven.
The key to this arrangement is to have the feathers all over lapping and facing the same way. Just push the quill into the wreath to secure.
I hope you will have a go at these alternative mid-winter wreaths. All a foraged, found, and above all, cost effective.
P.S Here is a Pinterest board I’ve set up specially for simple, natural, easy Christmas decorating ideas.
P.S I had the honour of interviewing Amelia of Amelia’s Magazine for Huffington Post this week. Its a really honest and brave post about her miscarriages and the amazing creative project she’s working on at the moment. Read it here.