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Christmas Crafts Using Nature

Georgina Chahed is a garden designer working for Touch Landscapes and a journalist who writes articles about design and all things horticultural. With Christmas just around the corner, she discusses how you can use the natural beauty of your garden to make Christmas crafts to spruce up your home for the festive season…

Displaying garden plants around the house needn’t be restricted to vases of flowers in spring and summer. There are plenty of creative ways you can utilise the treasures from your garden in autumn and winter too.
Christmas crafts are one way of doing this. Our choice of festive adornments can reveal a lot about our personality and style, so why not celebrate your individuality by incorporating some of these clever styling ideas into your pied-à -terre this year?

Natural Christmas crafts

Branching out

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Forget garish wreaths of imitation plants and instead opt for the real deal by creating your own festive door decoration. Giving a modern, relaxed feel, this wreath has been created by loosely tying together branches of rosemary.

Brush strokes

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Unleash your inner Picasso by spray painting loose branches from your tree or shrub to give them a winter makeover. White, gold or silver are ideal colour choices. Once your branches have dried, place them in a tall container and decorate them with baubles or classic white Christmas lights to brighten up a dark corner.
Another way of bringing lightness to our shorter days is to draw inspiration from Scandinavia. Here locals expertly use natural light, combining it with white walls and furnishings to create their clean and spacious homes.

Scandi style

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Many gardeners have a yew tree or yew hedge on their plot. Being evergreen, yew is a great choice for year-round colour in the garden and provides a striking structural framework which acts as a foil for perennials that die down in winter. By tying yew branches to a selection of matching glass bottles you can create an eye-catching Scandinavian style ornament. Alternatively, try a jam jar and pop a tea light inside.

Hanging on in there

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Similarly, being light and sculptural, pine cones make great Christmas tree decorations when painted or dressed with a velvet or satin ribbon. They can also be arranged in a clear bowl as a rustic table centrepiece. I love the way pine cones gradually change shape over time, opening up to release their seeds.

Now is the perfect opportunity to bring the outside in and incorporate the stunning shapes and textures from nature into your home.

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