Christmas decorating from nature… with evergreen and twig garlands

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Make a chevron twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

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!

Twig garland

Make a twig garland, via Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

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.

Make a chevron twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

Make a chevron twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

Evergreen garland

Evergreen garland via Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

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.

Make a chevron twig garland, by Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK Magazine's blog

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!

Another twig garland idea can be found HERE.

Are you a nature lover as well with your own decor?

What have you created this season?

Donna aka Funky Junk Interiors' bio on FOLK Magazine's blog

 

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14 Responses to Christmas decorating from nature… with evergreen and twig garlands

  1. Ann says:

    Oh I love your twig garland!! I think it adds so much to the decorating–makes you feel a connection to what God created for us to enjoy.
    I made some twig Christmas Trees with yarn garland–recently posted on my blog.
    Have a blessed Christmas.
    Ann

  2. Love these Donna! You amaze me every time with your ability to see beauty in everyday things. It’s a true gift my friend!

    Heather

  3. Melissa says:

    Love these garlands! Any chance you know where you got your ribbon? I have some from years ago and it’s my favorite but I haven’t been able to find more of it for the last few years.

  4. LUCY says:

    Only you have the ability to turn some old sticks into a gorgeous sight…thanks for always inspiring Donna…xo

  5. If would be great if we could post pictures on here! I created a great centerpiece with an old hollow log, some greenery and red berries from my yard. Painted some Modge Podge where I wanted snow, and then sprinkled Epsom Salt all over it! It’s beautiful and the Salt really looks like snow!! I love the garland Donna, it looks like little T Pee’s all lined up!

  6. Hi there sweet Donna! You always have the best ideas! This would be fun to make and the scent would make the whole house smell nice! Merry Christmas!

  7. That is the sweetest garland I think I’ve ever seen Donna! In all you do your love for nature and a link to the past is so obvious! :-)
    Vanessa

  8. Baileywife says:

    I, too, have used sticks, twigs, and clippings found around our yard (and feathers around our farm!)
    The best way to decorate for Christmas, NATURALLY! ~Kim

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