I have plans to make a garland out of that magnolia, but I haven’t quite gotten to that yet.
But I did make a boxwood wreath to hang on the old wooden sled decorating the hearth in our keeping room.
Have you checked out the prices of preserved boxwood wreaths? Steep!
Mine cost me about 25 cents to make, and it took about 10 minutes to pull together. I just tucked boxwood clippings into a rattan wreath form I bought for a quarter at a yard sale last summer.
Sprigs of boxwood come in handy for all sorts of things, like dressing up a gift or a serving plate. (Be sure to check out my grandma’s homemade icebox fruit cake recipe.)
On my kitchen table, I filled an antique dough bowl with some magnolia boughs, preserved boxwood balls, cotton bolls, evergreen branches, cinnamon sticks, pine cones and moss balls. It’s the perfect all-natural centerpiece, combining a few decorative items I already owned with free foliage.
Now, for my all-time favorite Christmas project from the back yard. All you need are some sticks, some hot glue and two paper cups.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these all-natural Christmas decorating ideas and sneak peeks into my holiday decor.
Are you planning to use natural elements in your Christmas decorating?
Be sure you stop by Atta Girl Says over the next several weeks when I’ll be sharing my entire 2013 Christmas home tour, plus lots of holiday-themed crafts, recipes and DIY projects. I even have a Christmas cocktail recipe I’ll be sharing soon!
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