There is something really magical about bringing nature inside at Christmas and Chrissie from Hat Therapy has used beautiful DIY natural Christmas decorations to bring her store window to life and she is sharing her tips and tricks with us today.
Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be expensive. Using natural items to decorate mean that it is virtually free. So this year, resist purchasing expensive decorations and instead opt for the simplicity of natural materials with our tips.
I have know Chrissie online for a long time and she runs beautiful milliners in Hebden Bridge. She has a real knack for turning what might seem to be a mundane past its best piece of nature into something wonderful and I was so excited to see how she transforms things like dried bracken and leaves into natural Christmas decorations.
How to Make Natural Christmas Decorations
There are so many lovely items outside that have gone past their best but are fantastic for revamping and using inside at Christmas.
Plants that are perfect for transformation include:
- Dried Bracken
- Crocosmia or Montbretia (found in gardens)
- Oak or other tree leaves
- Hydrangea Flowers
- Branches of birch leaves
- Brown Paper (UK Link/US Link)
- Old vases or bottles
- Empty boxes or books
- Gold Floral Spray (UK Link/US Link)
- Copper Floral Spray (UK Link)
Tip: Make sure all your outdoor items have dried off well for a few days before using them.
Spraying your plants makes them really perfect for the Christmas season and also prolongs their use, so don’t worry if they are looking a little faded or past their best.
Make sure you cover your hands and wear a mask plus us the spray in a well-ventilated area, ideally outside is best as they are potent.
When spraying the bracken hold it away from your body and turn it as you spray it.
When spraying your leaves, lay them down on some brown paper and then you can use then used the paper as gift wrap as it leaves a lovely pattern.
Wrap your boxes or books and then use your ribbon and sprayed leaves to trim.
You can use twine, rope or ribbon on your gifts, just save it up over the year. Try layering thicker ribbon under, then or even mixing and matching.
Don’t worry of you don’t have a suitable vase, Chrissie used a cardboard tube which she rapped with lights as for the base of her montbretia tree.
She then hung gingerbread from the Kind Cake Company on the tree and in the window. The beautiful presents sit next to the Stockings that Chrissie sells – just message her on Instagram is anything takes your eye.
I love how Chrissie mixes the dried and sprayed natural Christmas decorations with evergreens and berries to creative a beautiful restful feel. If you have any painted greenery left then you could make these Scandi-style baubles.
Please go and show Chrissie some love over on Instagram, she really is a lovely kind-hearted lady.
If you like this, then check out our post on how to dry orange slices and also how to make an orange pomander as they are brilliant for Christmas.I also love how inexpensive it is to add sparkle to foraged greenery throughout your home.