Are you decorating for Christmas? I bet most of you have already started. It’s a very busy time of the year. Not only are we decorating and buying gifts and wrapping them too, and attending parties and having parties and…. the list goes on. We are also still going about our daily lives and routines. I don’t need to tell you that this is a busy time of year… ooops, looks like I already did!
This year I’m all about making Christmas easy and doable and oh, so beautiful too! So today I’m going to share 6 ways to use greens creatively and without much effort! Let’s get started!
Today is HOME STYLE SATURDAY! I’ve pulled out one of my most revenant archived post about using Christmas greens as we decorate! Lots of tips for you today!
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In the past several years I’ve gotten rid of all my big bins of Christmas ho-ho-hum in the basement and opted for taking a more organic, lightly decorated approach to StoneGable! It’s quite freeing and I love the more natural way of decorating!
I hope these 6 tips will help and inspire you!
1. USE FAUX GREENS
There I said it (clasping hands over mouth)! Yes, when possible use faux greens. I adore the look and smell of live greens, but hate the clean up and smelly water to change and upkeep. Make Christmas a whole lot easier on yourself and buy faux greens… the best greens you can afford. I’ve collected good faux greens little by little when they go on sale and use them over and over. This is a very good investment! These greens will last for YEARS… and no dropping needles or yucky water!
SG Tip: buy a long garland of beautiful greens when they go on sale and cut the garland apart. It is far more economical than buying individual sprays or spikes of greens.
Another SG Tip: don’t be afraid to cut greens apart. Keep all of them from year to year in clear plastic shoe boxed by size of greens. You would not believe how many times I use just the littlest snippet of greens here and there.
The only exceptions to buying faux greens are boxwood, outdoor wreaths and Christmas trees (and I’m on the fence about the trees, some faux trees are really gorgeous)! Sometimes you can’t fake the beauty of the real deal!
To see how to make a gorgeous Christmas wreath by starting with an old motley fake one click HERE.
2. PLANT A TREE
Plant sweet little Cyprus trees in pretty bowls and use them to decorate! They need very little upkeep and will last all season! They are a big WOW factor Christmas decor! Depending on where you live, they can be planted outdoors after the Christmas season! I found these little trees at my local Lowes.
3. HANG BOXWOOD WREATHS FROM SILKY RIBBONS OR BURLAP
Say no to the bow! Boxwood wreaths are so elegant, they don’t need any extra froo froo. Just hang them from a great ribbon! Now that’s Christmas perfection!
I’ve been using black and white with reds and greens for Christmas for several years.
You can buy preserved boxwood and they will last for years and years, but even on sale they can be a tad expensive!
4. MAKE A LITTLE CHRISTMAS TOPIARY
Make a little topiary and “plant” it in an unexpected “pot”. Add Christmas balls and berries. It’s just a little green thing but it sure packs a punch of Christmas cheer!
I put this topiary in a tiny blue and white sugar bowl. Super sweet… pun intended! To see an easy way to make a Christmas Topiary click HERE.
5. DON’T FORGET THE CHANDY
A little green on a chandy goes a long way! Just something simple to lift our eyes up to look around the room. When a chandy is turned on, the greens throw off beautiful shadows and give everything a soft romantic feel… like an evening walk in the woods! So pretty!
I’ve used a plain faux green garland around the bottom tier of my kitchen table chandy. Lots of texture and interest going on here so I’m keeping it simple.
6. TUCK GREENS IN UNEXPECTED PLACES
Small snippets of greens can be tucked here and there around the house in all kinds of places and in so many containers. Be creative! Make sure to put some greens in every room. And if you use faux greens, you don’t need to tend them. Don’t forget the bathroom…show it a little green love!
Teacups and greens were made for each other. The white cup and saucer is a fun and festive when filled with greens and holly and placed on a chair with a big Christmas package! Sassy!
Do you have special ways you like to use greens. Share them with us.
Now, let’s get busy decorating for Christmas. And let’s make it easy and merry and fun!
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