While this pagoda-inspired garland made fromcedarandolive branchesframing a mirror looks pretty advanced, it’s actually just bundles of overlapping boughs.
From the simplest gestures of a snippet of greenery on a package to a sumptuously decked out sideboard, here are a few of our favorite ideas for bringing the outside in this winter.
Miniature terra cotta pots are ideal foils for natural decorations. A scoop of soil holds white tapers in place, topped with snippets of fresh rosemaryand brightred holly berries. Slipped into a milk bottle carrier and placed on a table or used individually as place settings, what a charming way to bring the garden indoors.
If Santa Were Nate Berkus…
Black, white, and green. A classic combination anytime of year, but one that’s so unexpected for wrapping gifts during the winter holidays. Sophisticated, but also clean and organic, this is just black paper festooned with a bundle ofBright Fantasy™ Snowberry and a conifer sprig tied up with yards of black ribbon.
So “Martha” (but so simple, too)
Evergreens have been a part of winter festivals since ancient times. They represent hope for the return of spring, and transform the plain to the lavish and lush. Even a classic dessert like this glazed cake feels more special with a ring of cut greenery such asbalsam fir tucked around it.Recipe here.
Ring in the Season
Boxwoods are under-appreciated for winter decorating.They have a Ye Olde English effect that’s right for the season and cut branches dry well, keeping their color if out of direct sunlight. This wreath is a clutch of clippings wired to an embroidery hoop, with a paper banner announcing the theme of the season.
In warmer regions of the country, it’s not unusual to find roses and camellias in bloom around the holidays. These flowers take on a more seasonal vibe when tucked into a vase filled with cut branches of conifers such as theseJapanese pine. A few ornaments add a bit of sparkle. Any red flower will do!
Add Quick Charm
This narrow sideboard has been transformed from service to sensational by adding a centerpiece of freshpomegranates (so easy to grow your own!) in a pedestal bowl and tucking a variety of cut greens all around. Look around the house for places that can be dressed to thrill.
You’re So Etsy!
If (like us) you find any blank canvas that can be transformed with a coat of chalkboard spray paint to be pretty irresistible, you’ll love this idea. Spray the cardboard backing of a store-bought picture frame and then make it holiday with sprigs ofGreen Beauty boxwood and a bit of ribbon.