12-12-2011 UPDATED WITH FINISHED WREATH PHOTOS :
I’m sure you have your tree up by now, but do you have a few spots that still need a bit of holiday cheer? My tree is up, but only has lights on it. I’m getting ready to decorate it — I love to do a themed tree! I like minimal decorations that make an impact along with my treasured, sentimental ornaments.
I thought it would be fun to decorate a wreath and my porch planter with a garden and/or bird theme this year. There are so many ornaments and decor out there for just about any hobby you can imagine. I ventured to a big box store to find ornaments and came back with birds and bird houses.
That will do! And I could definitely snag some twigs, dried flower pods, red dogwood branches, or pine cones from my yard to add another layer of natural elements.
One year, my Aunt had huge dried hydrangea blossoms that she sprayed and simply “tucked” into her tree. It was so beautiful! Dried baby’s breath, lambs’ ear, statice or holly berry would work great too.
Do you decorate with a theme inspired by nature? Share your ideas by commenting below. I love new ideas! Since inspiring decorating ideas are not my strength, I keep my eyes peeled to see what I can “steal” from others! LOL
Here are some QUICK TIPS for pulling your arrangements together:
- Don’t make it symmetrical – an asymmetric look is more interesting.
- Use odd numbers – this will help add impact and interest. This works with plantings in your yard too! That being said, I see I grabbed an EVEN number of ormaments….DOH!
- Choose a focal point – weight items around a focal point to draw the eye.
- Know when to stop – less is more. When there is too much going on, the eye doesn’t know where to look; give it a visual “break.”
- Use wire – securing elements with wire will help them stay put, especially if it will be placed outdoors.
Get more ideas by visiting your garden centers, attending local holiday events and shopping local. You’ll see lots of great decorating ideas, and heck, no one will know if you “steal” a few for your own use. Mix it up and have fun!
What will your arrangements look like this year? Share your inspirations by leaving a comment or take some inspiration from the large wreath at our Minnesota Governor’s residence. Mark Dayton is a dog-lover and avid outdoorsman. Diane Lee, of Mickman Brothers Landscapes for Living, designed his wreath with woodsy things like feathers, pine cones, cranberries, and a small pheasant. This will hang on the red brick exterior of the home.