Gone are the days of chucking a few garlands of cheap tinsel on the tree and spraying your windows with fake snow. A vintage-themed ‘homemade’ Christmas is the only way to go if you want to impress your friends and family this festive season. Don’t worry if you’re not the naturally crafty sort. The most effective homemade decorations are often the simplest – and this dried flower garland idea from Shane Powers’ Bring The Outdoors In is no exception.
Okay, so this isn’t technically a Christmas project but we’ve come up with a few easy tweaks to give it a fabulously festive twist. Another reason so start saving and drying the blooms of all your bouquets...
What you’ll need:
- White polyester thread
- Hand sewing needle
- Selection of dried flowers
How to make it:
1. Cut the thread to the desired length of the garland. I made mine about 2 1/2 yards.
2. With a needle and thread, start stringing the flowers onto the thread. For longer lengths, thread the flowers to the middle from one end and then rethread the needle on the other side of the thread and repeat the process. (this keeps you from having to drag and deteriorate the flower all the way across).
3. Just tie knots on either end, and you're ready to hang!
Add a Christmas twist…
- Choose a selection of red and white dried flowers, such as red roses and snowflake-like flowers like white chrysanthemums and lilies.
- Tie cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices, pinecones and sprigs of winter berries, holly and mistletoe to your garland.
- Spray with a little white glitter for a frosted finish.
- Drape your garlands over the mantelpiece and on your tree.
- Complement with some dried flower Christmas tree baubles.
Look out for the book, Bring The Outdoors In, for more beautiful projects.