Last week I shared our front door decor for the holidays which is relatively simple and traditional. Less seems to be more this year…
I’ve been utilizing what nature has to offer as winter approaches. We’re seeing beautiful holly, dried marsh grasses and bushy cedar beginning to take center stage. A brisk walk in the woods will provide you with enough supplies to make your very own mixed greens tree.
If you’ve read the December issue of Better Homes & Gardens, you may know where I am going with this project…
There are two very important tools that you’ll need to construct this tree: Florist wire and a tomato cage. An upside down tomato cage creates the perfect cone shape! You’ll need to find some sort of base for your tree. I used a vintage enamel pot. The handles were perfect for the tomato cage to sit on. Wire the 3 “legs” together on top to create the point of the tree form.
I started creating the tree with cedar cuttings first and followed the lateral lines of the cage, wiring each piece on as I went. Besides the top point, I wired all greens facing down (stems up) so it looked natural.
After all lateral lines are wired, it looked kind of hairy. Perseverance pays off. Keep going! I wired greens on the horizontal lines starting with the bottom first, making sure to overlap the enamel pot. Each subsequent layer covers the stems and mechanics of the previous layer.
Finally, fill in your cage so it looks like a nice, full tree. I stuck holly branches in without even wiring them. I also “decorated” the tree with dried grasses and a burlap ribbon remnant.
My DIY mixed greens tree is a little bit wild but it was fun and free to make! It took about 30 minutes to complete. And what else was I going to do with my tomato cage in December?
I have been back at milk painting holiday themed signs and boards as well…
Aside from tree ornaments, there are very few things we pulled out of storage to create a warm, seasonal home. Instead we opted to use everyday and season-less items with just a hint of Christmas ambiance in a relatively traditional color palette.
Our decor this year is very organic with the exception of the vintage chippy mirror and salvaged pillars. The blooming paperwhites whimsically frame a live succulent wreath. Why go for evergreens when you can have succulents? You must ask yourself.
Preserved boxwood topiaries add a bit of formality as they anchor the ends of the mantel plus they will last for years.
I continue to obsess over cotton stems. I simply laid them on their side to create a nice, full garland across the mantel.
Fresh holly from the yard nestles amongst the cotton.
Firewood is accompanied by a nearly blooming Christmas cactus.
The firewood tea light candle holder adds just a bit of warmth to the holiday display.
How are you decorating your mantel this holiday season?
Many of these items and similar ones are available at The West End Garage.
Bonus: they can easily transition into the new year with the omission of the holly and ornaments!
We’ve been decking the halls for weeks already yet somehow we’ve barely scratched the surface at our own home. That is about to change though. Over the weekend we rolled out the welcome mat and pulled the vintage sled out of storage.
There is a simple formula for holiday door decor that I like to follow every December: vintage sled (always), seasonal wreath and fresh greenery.
We’re going bold this season with blue, yellow and layers of green. Sort of nautical, sort of traditional. I painted the sled in boxwood milk paint this time around and framed it with a joint ruler star and holly. The felt mistletoe wreath, from Uncommon Goods, fits right in as it is traditional yet unexpected.
The folks at Uncommon Goods contacted me last month to check out their Christmas gifts. I love the texture of the mistletoe wreath and the adorable white berries. I’ve been a fan of Uncommon Goods since I learned about the company a few years ago. They provide a platform for uncommon artists and designers to sell their handmade wares while also highlighting their work spaces and studios so you can see where the products you’re about to purchase are made.
Uncommon Goods is a B Corporation which means they use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Ryan and I have consciously sourced inventory for our shop from other B Corporations since earning the B seal means the company meets a rigorous standard on a range of issues, including wage levels, environmental impact, and giving back to the local community. We can certainly get behind that especially in the season of giving.
Later this week, I’ll share details about that little statement tree by the door. You’ll never believe how easy it is to make!