Christmas Craft Ideas for Décor
There is something magical about bringing greenery into the home for Christmas: the smell of pine needles on the tree, the glossiness of rich, dark evergreens, like holly and ivy, and the vibrancy of scarlet holly berries.
In the bleak, greyness of winter, these Christmas craft ideas are symbols of renewed life, a reminder that spring is on its way and that the days will soon be blooming with the glorious colors of spring.
During the festivities, the Christmas tree is the most prominent decoration, hung with lights, tinsel and colored baubles.
Yet the tree only stands in one room: in the other rooms you can add fresh or artificial greenery to continue the Christmas craft theme throughout the home.
Garlands and Wreaths
Rather than fixing up the leafy decorations with drawing pins or sticky tape, drape wreaths round pictures, mirrors or door frames, or swathe them over the banisters.
Tuck sprigs into open shelves or along the top of a bookcase or dresser, and hang them in the kitchen for some Christmas craft festive flair.
There are lots of things you can use from the garden or the countryside for these decorations. Cut berry-laden bundles of rowan or holly and look for rose hips in the hedgerows.
Combine these with ivy, both dark green and variegated and other colored leaves like variegated laurel. If you’re lucky, you may find some deciduous trees, still bearing leaves of burnished brown or red which will add color to your displays.
Hot and Spicy
(Above) A hot combination of orange sweet corn, red apples and red, orange and yellow Chinese lanterns makes an eye catching Christmas craft swag round a door frame which blends beautifully with the warm color of the natural wood. A matching wreath on the door provides a neat focus.
A simple but effective arrangement of holly, berries and fir cones is the crowning glory of this large dresser. Other, quick Christmas craft decorations include toffees in their shiny red wrappers and biscuits hung from the ceiling with red ribbon.
Trim Your Tree With Plants
Popular Christmas plants include holly, mistletoe, ivy and Christmas trees. The interior of a home may be decorated with these plants, along with garlands and evergreen foliage. These often come with small ornaments tied to the delicate branches, and sometimes with a small light set.
Wreaths are made from real or artificial conifer branches, or sometimes other broadleaf evergreens or holly. Several types of evergreen or even deciduous branches may be used in the same wreath, along with pinecones and sprays of berries, and Christmas ornaments including jingle bells.
A bow is usually used at the top or bottom, and an electric or unlit candle may be placed in the middle. Christmas lights are often used, and they may be hung from door or windows, and sometimes walls, lampposts and light fixtures, or even statuary. Since the nineteenth century, the poinsettia, a native plant from Mexico, has been associated with Christmas.
In North and South America, Australia, and Europe, it is traditional to decorate the outside of houses with lights and sometimes with illuminated sleighs, snowmen, and other Christmas figures. Municipalities often sponsor decorations as well. Christmas banners may be hung from street lights and Christmas trees placed in the town square.
Reference: The Country Look: Decor & Crafts
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