The farm I grew up on housed the coolest ancient trees you ever laid eyes on. They were all rediculously huge, with scraggily unruly branches in the very best of ways, just the way nature intended them to be.
The summer the milk truck ran into the fully ripe bing cherry tree was the best day EVER for 5 always hungry kids. We were able to grab the biggest, juiciest cherries imaginable rather than the pittance the lower, much more manageable branches allowed.
Oh right! And then there was the crazy evergreen windbreak my Dad planted and let grow wild. We were so sheltered from the high winter winds and face freezing snowdrifts that I don’t think even a plane flying overhead could spot us! Yes, we loved our big ‘ol trees.
I suppose my love affair with those farm trees has led to my love for decorating with what they offer… branches. With that in mind, two cute garlands were created for our front door this season. They were so easy to make, and completely free!
Gather some like minded branches, and snip them down to the same size using some hand pruners.
With some light weight twine, tie two branches together. Pull the loose ends apart, and repeat until you get the length you’re after.
Dot each tied area with a bit of hot glue for added strength.
Cut fairly long evergreen branches, all around the same size. Layer one end on top of another end, then tie together with light twine. Two ties placed about an inch away from each other helped for added strength.
Tape each of the ends of the garlands to the door with clear packing tape, hidden with taped on bows.
The result is instant front door cheer in the most natural of ways.
It’s a good thing I didn’t require many branches for this project. I’m not completely certain my Dad would have approved of pruning more than was absolutely needed!
Are you a nature lover as well with your own decor?
What have you created this season?