Christmas Foliage

Advent RingAt Christmas I like to have a lot of natural foliage in my decorations, I cut holly and ivy from the back lane and various evergreens from my garden, such as osmanthus and eunonymous.

The Christmas season starts with an Advent Ring, with a week to go ours is just starting to need the occasional dead  piece replacing.

Partrisge in a Pear TreeLast year I went on a Christmas flower arranging workshop organised by one of our WI ladies who is pretty high up in the flower arranging world, one arrangement we made was a topiary style fir tree. It was made from an oasis ball on a stick in a plant pot. I’d saved mine so I soaked the oasis again and covered it in short pieces of cupressus. Last year I made a partridge and a pear so I sat the partridge on top and hung the golden partridge from the side. It’s stood in one of the windows in our conservatory.

We have a long, thinnish conservatory, at Christmas I place a Christmas tree in each window, lots of different styles and sizes, wooden ones, wire ones, tall, small. The partridge fits in nicely and adds a bit of height.

Castle Howard TreeOne new addition to the Christmas tree room is the bare tree, I’ve not ‘got’ bare trees before, until we went to Castle Howard….Castle Howard is a stately  home in North Yorkshire (where Brideshead Revisited was filmed!) the house opens at Christmas time when it’s all decorated for Christmas, it’s absolutely beautiful. One huge tree in the atrium has over 2000 baubles on it!

Castle Howard TreeThere were quite a few bare trees there, one in particular was covered with clear, gold and silver decorations and candles, it was stunning. I’ve got a contorted hazel in the garden in a pot, so I brought it in, tied a ribbon round the base, added some white fairy lights and then hung a variety of silver and gold baubles, fairies, snowflakes and the like. The corkscrew branches of the hazel were perfect for hanging decorations on. I love it! It’s only small, but it’s so pretty! I call it my Castle Howard Tree!

Christmas WreathOn our back door we always have a wreath or something similar, sometimes I make like a foliage bouquet which hangs down, they’re great as they are very quick to make and you can easily make them several feet long for a dramatic entrance! This year I’ve used a block of oasis on a paddle I got a last years workshop. I covered it with foliage and added some dried fruit on wires. It’s not come out quite as big as I anticipated but it looks good on the door. Somehow the paddle doesn’t seem to upset the dogs as much as the bouquet did, I think that must have moved a lot more so they kept thinking someone was at  the door, very annoying after a couple of days!

My last arrangement is a floor-standing candlestick, I stuck a square of oasis on the top and a candle in the centre and then filled it was green and variegated foliage, it took a while to get the shape right, I certainly lost it at one point, but I kept snipping bits off and adding others until it looked ok. A gold bow and some sprigs of artificial foliage add a bit of sparkle.

As the sign in the dining room says, ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’

Christmas Foliage





About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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1 Response to Christmas Foliage

  1. The most amazing thing about these decorations are how quickly they were put together. I know because I watched some of them in progress. For those of you with time constraints, try the swag wreath, the partridge tree, and the decorated stick tree. In 30 minutes, your house will look beautiful and it will look like you worked for hours and have amazing creative talents.

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