How to Make Holiday Decorations Using Your Garden

Overview

Long before anyone could go down to the local shopping center and pick out a plastic tree, decorations were often made from items that were grown in the garden. Every holiday season, Christmas decorations are put up for display in Colonial Williamsburg Virginia. These decorations use fruits, nuts and berries that are grown in colonial gardens or imported from tropical regions. The popularity of these decorations has endured, according to the Colonial Williamsburg website, because they hearken to a less commercial time.

Wreath

Step 1

Twist grapevines into a wreath shape. Tuck loose ends into the wreath.

Step 2

Tuck greenery including lavender, rosemary and bay leaves into the wreath as a base for your decorations.

Step 3

Secure dried fruit and flowers to craft floral spikes.

Step 4

Insert spikes into the grapevine wreath.

Step 5

Secure spikes to wreath with floral wire and floral tape.

Centerpiece

Step 1

Insert cloves into apples and oranges.

Step 2

Pile fruit into a decorative bowl.

Step 3

Place bowl in center of a dining room table or a side board.

Swag

Step 1

Slice rings of oranges and apples crossways into round thin slices.

Step 2

Dry fruit rings to leathery consistency.

Step 3

Thread a needle with a nylon string.

Step 4

Tie the end of the string with a cinnamon stick.

Step 5

String bay leaves, apple and orange rounds onto the string to create a swag.

Step 6

When your swag is 12-24 inches long, tie another cinnamon stick on the other end.

Things You'll Need

  • Grapevines
  • Dried apples
  • Dried oranges
  • Dried orange slices
  • Dried apple slices
  • Dried flowers
  • Cloves
  • Dried bay leaves
  • Dried rosemary
  • Dried lavender
  • Craft floral tape
  • Craft floral wire
  • Craft floral spikes
  • Wire cutters
  • String
  • Needle
  • Cinnamon sticks.
  • Centerpiece bowl
  • Fruit dryer

References

  • 10 Holiday Decorations You Can Make from Recyclables
  • MAKE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
  • Celebrating the Holidays: Colonial Williamsburg

Who Can Help

  • Holiday decorations from your garden and yard
Keywords: Christmas Decorations, garden decorations, home decor

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After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.