November 23, 2012

Sprucing up Store Bought Greens

 
I trust everyone enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with family and loved ones. Now that we are officially in to the Christmas season, I am beginning to think about my holiday decorating. I love a lot of greens around my home during this season, mostly because of the way they look but also for their wonderful scent.
 
So with that being said there can also be the argument on the side of using faux greens...you can bring them out each year without them fading or drying up. Call me selfish but I like the best of both worlds.
 
Below is a tree I purchased at Micheal's a few years back. It looks kind of scrawny right?

 
Well with one trip to my backyard I collected an assortment of pine and boxwood along with a few cranberries from my frig.
 
 
And I embellished my little tree simply by poking in the extra greens...my gosh is that pine scent wonderful! 
 
 
The cranberries were pierced with a toothpick and tucked them into the tree.
 
 
I did the same here with an old wreath.
 
 
Again I just poked in some fresh greens from my yard and a few cranberries on a toothpick. This time I grouped the cranberries into threes.
 
 
This really gave me a much fuller and richer looking wreath for my front door.
 
 
Here's a closer look...
 
 
This was a lot cheaper than purchasing a new fresh wreath and it makes good use for an old tired wreath.

 
You can also embellish garland this way as well.
 
I hope this may have given you an idea or two on how you can improve the look of store bought greens this season. I plan to use this technique often in my holiday decorating this year, so stay tuned!!
 
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7 comments:

  1. i LOVE doing this sort of thing..makes me think of a time I drove my lawnmower to my neighbors house, our properties back up to one another, and clipped her pine trees, as I didn't have any..and made wreaths for my windows..all they could talk about is how I drove my lawnmower over there..haha..but I was gathering things in my wagon that I pulled behind my mower..so it came in handy. I love your wreath. It is really the prettiest when it sticks close to nature like yours does! Those red berries make all the difference,,and that little Christmas tree,,wow..what a huge difference it made..love your stuff!

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  2. They look very nice Barbara.

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  3. Barbara, That is such a great idea...combining the faux with the real...and the smell is the best part of it all. It is gorgeous- xo Diana

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  4. Barbara, you are my kind of girl! This is just exactly what I do too! You transformed your little tree into a beauty!!! And it probably smells so good too!

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  5. Now this is beautiful! I love the mix of real and faux! I bet the real adds the smell that completes the whole look!
    dee dee

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  6. I am new to the blogging world. Just found your blog. The name Rosemary Lane jumped out at me. That is my given name, Rosemary. Most people call me Rose, tho. Love your idea on using real with not. I am going to spruce up some of my wreaths with your ideas. Thanks.

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  7. Beautiful! It's amazing how much drama you can get from a few greens! Looks great! Hugs, Leena

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