Bring fresh evergreens into your home this holiday season and enjoy the fragrance and foliage in easy-to-make decorations. Use sharp pruners to take cuttings from evergreen trees and shrubs in your landscape. During the Christmas season, check out the live Christmas tree area at The Home Depot Garden Center and pull free tree trimmings for your projects.
Garden writer Debbie Wolfe makes a foraged wreath for her front door each holiday season. “They are so easy to make and you probably have all the materials you need in your backyard,” she says. Wolfe is the author of “Do-It-Yourself Garden Projects and Crafts” (Skyhorse Publishing). Follow her step-by-step instructions to craft your own unique evergreen wreath.
Foraged Evergreen Wreath
Tools and Materials:
- Evergreen branches
- Floral snips
- Straw wreath
- Floral “U” pins
- Pine cones, seed pods and berries
1. Gather the greenery. Look for a mixture of color and textures.
2. Cut a 4-foot length of ribbon. Loop the ribbon through the straw wreath form.
3. Gather a few sprigs of greenery into a small bundle.
4. Pin the bundle to the wreath form with a “U” pin.
5. Make another bundle and pin it below the first bundle in the same direction, but slightly to the left of the first bundle. Continue in this fashion, alternating sides as you place the bundles. When you get back to the first bundle, tuck the end underneath the first bundle, then pin.
6. Embellish the wreath with a bow, pine cones or holly berries for a special holiday touch.
A simple wreath is just the beginning. Read on for more ideas for making decorations with evergreens.
This evergreen chandelier makes use of seasonal greenery and pinecones to create festive decor for your home. Use whatever you have in the yard – juniper, cedar, pine, camellia or magnolia leaves. Learn how to make this evergreen chandelier for Christmas.
Christmas Tree Dress 3 Ways
Make a Christmas tree dress for a beautiful focal point in your great room, living room, hallway, on your porch or in a small space. We share three styles so you can create beautiful Christmas decor that matches your taste. See how to make three different dress form Christmas trees.
This Santa gnome is made of found pine boughs and moss. According to Scandinavian folklore, these mythological gnomes, or “nisse” creatures, signify the winter solstice and holiday season.
For this version, you’ll need to forage outdoors for greenery and prune an evergreen tree, such as pine, juniper, cypress or fir. You can also source greenery from the bottom of your Christmas tree or from tree cuttings from The Home Depot Garden Center. Get the step-by-step instructions for making a Santa Gnome.
Evergreen Garland with Pinecones
Create an elegant evergreen garland for your mantel this holiday season. You can purchase garland in the Garden Center, or make your own from evergreens, like magnolia, pine and arborvitae, in your landscape.
Add texture to the display with bleached pine cones, an easy and inexpensive project for holiday decorating. Try this project and you’ll find that the garland is surprisingly simple to make. If you have helpers to trim the greenery and make the bundles, it will come together quickly. Follow the step-by-step below, and consult the video How to Make Fresh Holiday Garland for more instructions.
Pine cones are naturally perfect for Christmas decor. When you give them a bleach treatment, you’ll have parchment-colored pinecones to add rustic style to your holiday decorations.
Once they’re finished, use wire and ribbon to create a pinecone cluster for your front door or mantelpiece. Read more about Making a Pinecone Cluster for Christmas decor.