Christmas Craft #26: Nature Garland


This project is pulled from the wonderful book ‘Christmas Decorations.’ Instructions are as followed with a few tweaks of my own. ( * )

Materials: Leaves (* Press in books and later paint some of them gold), berries, cinnamon sticks, nuts in their shells, dried apple rings and other decorative fruits, etc. Lengths of ribbon or flat tape. (* Martha Stewart’s gold thread is perfect.)

1. Cut a tiny slot through each dried leaf near an edge. Put thread through the holes then knot in place. You can also glue leaves flat to ribbon. (* Use a glue gun.)

2. Tie tiny bundles of cinnamon together and tie to thread/ribbon. Wrap nuts and pine cones in a similar way.

3. Cut apples into 1/4″ rings (* Quick Dry Method Immerse rings into lemon juice for 3-5 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper and place rings on top. Put in an oven set at low temperature…150 degrees…for two hours. Flip rings over and leave for another hour.) Hang apple rings onto the thread/ribbon and then knot securely.

(Styling & Photo- © 2013 Martha Browne)

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Craft #26: Nature Garland

  1. I really like homemade Christmas decorations. This year was the first year I made a homemade Christmas decoration….too long to go into detail here about my “homemade” project. I will say it was fun to do, and I am happy with the outcome. I think I might try some of the ones you listed here.

    1. BJ- I’d love to see your ‘homemade’ Christmas project. Maybe we could get together after the holidays are over…let me know. :)

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