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Making Holiday Decor From the Garden

Creative ways to decorate for the holiday season

Today a good friend of the GPOD, Cherry Ong from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada (see some of her previous posts here and here) is sharing some beautiful and creative ways she decorates for the holidays using materials from her garden. They’re beautiful, and best of all, they don’t look too difficult! I’m not the craftiest of people, but I think I could pull off some of these.

Here’s what Cherry had to say:

Winter is the time of year when I miss gardening, so I try to squeeze in some garden crafts with my holiday decorating. Here are a few photos from last winter’s outdoor and indoor holiday decor.

My best decorating trick was with a bag of cranberries for my agaves. The berries are perfect for my big blue Agave ovatifolia ‘Frosty Blue’ (Zones 7–9). They’re economical and compostable, too, when the season is over.

Of course, the season would not be complete without fresh wreaths hung on the front and back doors. Costco sells the best fresh wreaths around, but I remove all the goodies and design and attach my own. My goodies are a combination of foraged and store bought.

I love that Cherry uses a store-bought wreath as a base for these creations. I don’t have the skills to make a whole wreath, but I could certainly add in highlights cut from the garden!

Anything left over gets clipped and arranged into florals for the holiday table.

More leftovers arranged simply for a table-top display.

Avid GPODers probably remember the moss and pine-cone arrangements from a previous holiday post. Here I added an antler and some glass balls for some fun.

Wishing you all joy through the season. I know I feel joy as I forage through my garden and trim my tree and home with fresh greens and berries.


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    meander_michaele 12/20/2018

    You are the queen of adding a perfect little finishing touch that takes an arrangement to the "Wow" the antler to guide the eyes upward and the glass balls to bring them back down. And, of course, the cranberries on the oh, so sharp agave tips are a home run. I did that last year (and plan to repeat it) and I was trying to remember from where/who I got the idea...well, duh, Cherry, of course. Thanks for today's sharing!

    1. perenniallycrazy 12/20/2018

      You're welcome and happy holidays Michaele and Darwin and family! Amazing what cranberries can do.

  2. OregonGardenGal 12/20/2018

    Love them all Cherry! I made a wreath this year inspired by you!

    1. perenniallycrazy 12/20/2018

      Thank you and happy to hear you're enjoying the season with wreath making.

  3. btucker9675 12/20/2018

    So beautiful! The cranberries on the agave spikes are so charming - what a great idea.

    1. perenniallycrazy 12/20/2018

      Thank you and happy holidays!

  4. schatzi 12/20/2018

    Merry Christmas, Cherry. Your creativity is amazing, as usual. Beautiful! Love it all.

    1. perenniallycrazy 12/20/2018

      Thank you and Merry Christmas! Here's to new garden ideas this season.

  5. Chris_N 12/20/2018

    I'll have to remember to cranberry trick. Love your customized wreaths. And is that a tillandsia in the last photo?

    1. perenniallycrazy 12/20/2018

      That is a sansevieria in the urn in the last photo. It's a really low maintenance houseplant. You'll love it. Happy Holidays Chris!

  6. user-5117752 12/20/2018

    Oh, to be so creative!!! Just love each and every one of your creations!!! Thank you for taking the time to share!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS, Cherry!!!

  7. perenniallycrazy 12/20/2018

    That is a sansevieria in the urn in the last photo. It's a really low maintenance houseplant. You'll love it. Happy Holidays Chris!

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