AUBURN, Ala. – Why go out and spend hundreds of dollars on fall and holiday decorations when you could just walk out into your backyard and find them?
With Pinterest being more popular than ever, there is a new trend to craft your own unique wreaths, table centerpieces and Christmas decorations.
Mallory Kelley, a regional agent in home grounds, gardens and home pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, shared some easy items you can find outdoors to use in do-it-yourself decorating projects.
Make the Most of Greenery
“I say start with evergreens around your home,” said Kelley, an Alabama Extension agent in home grounds, gardens and home pests. “With cool temperature, most greenery such as hollies, boxwoods, cedars, pines, magnolia and ligustrum will last for weeks without any water before they dry and become brittle.”
To make your greenery last longer, use wettable oasis, and the cuttings will have a fresh appearance for weeks. As the greenery starts to turn brown, simply pull it out and replace it with fresh cuttings.
If locating evergreens gives you any trouble, an easy way to acquire some is simply buy a slightly larger Christmas tree than you actually need.
“Once you get the tree home, cut greenery from the bottom branches to make a garland for the fireplace or wreaths for the doors,” said Kelley.
Sweet Scents for Your Home
If you are looking to fill your home with natural, organic aromas, rosemary is a great place to start. Poking cloves in the skins of oranges and lemons also makes a great aroma in the home.
Unique Centerpieces and Wreaths
Holly berries, pine cones, acorns and pecans make beautiful holiday decorations.
“Glue a stick on the bottom of the pine cone and then stick it in the oasis in a floral arrangement to add a different touch and texture,” said Kelley.
If you have children in the home, it may be best to avoid using holly berries. If you decide to use them, be sure to keep the poisonous berries out of the reach of children and pets.
Kelley shared an easy wreath project that only requires a cardboard box the size of the wreath you want and muscadine vines.
“Lace the vines around the bottom of the box and let them sit a few weeks to dry out. They will hold the form once they are dry,” said Kelley. “Then secure vines with wire or string, and you have your own homemade grapevine wreath.”
You do not have to go out and spend a ton of money and time searching for the perfect decorations for your home. Instead, simply create your own, and have fun doing it.
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