Foliage has been brought inside the house at this time of year since people used branches to celebrate the Winter Solstice:looking towards the coming of Spring . We can still decorate in this natural way using what we find around us ,celebrating the turning of the seasons . There are lots of ways you can enjoy bringing the outside in this Christmas.
This is a low-cost Christmas which respects out cultural heritage and is easy on the environment by avoiding expensive man-made items . It’s also much more beautiful to me and it smells lovely !
‘What good is the warmth of Summer ,without the cold of Winter to give it sweetness?’
1.Make a wreath. Use simple twisted vines and bind together with string and wire,
Add berries , pine cones, feathers, dried flowers, silver sprayed twigs , moss and anything else you can forage
2. Make chandeliers out of twigs and foliage . Stick on berries, petals , leaves and sparkly bits .
This one was made for a bridal shoot but is now hanging over our dining table
3. Wrap presents with vines and decorate with foliage , dried flowers and lichen covered twigs
4. Fill jars with moss,nuts., seeds and cones and fill with berries and branches .
5 Put foliage and candles on your mantle, add ivy,holly. mistletoe and a few baubles
6. Make table centres for your low tables and dining table by adding foliage and candles to boxes or jars grouped together
These are just a few ideas to get you started — enjoy turning your home into a wintry wonderland…..