Decorating for the Holidays
Cape Cod and the Islands are ripe with beautiful, natural materials to accommodate our holiday decorating desires in abundance. Your home can have that “Martha Stewart” touch, with evergreens clipped from your own backyard. We are fortunate to live in an area where Juniper, White Pine, Spruce, Arborvitae, and Fir are as close as a few steps into your own neighborhood.
Grab your garden clippers and a bucket; go on a treasure hunt for greens. Items you might find to add “flavor” to your arrangements are our own native Holly, Cedar; even your dear Rhododendron leaf-bouquets. Add a variety of texture with native and exotic species that catch your eye. Rose hips add a country, coastal element, while inviting color. Cedar, Juniper berries, lavender, along with our favorite pine add a fresh scent to any holiday arrangement.
Most of these evergreens will last over a month after clipping. Decorate the Thanksgiving table with an accent of gourds, mini pumpkins, chestnuts and fall foliage from your garden with greens. Replace the autumn color scheme with fresh holly berries and cut Dusty Miller from your summer garden for an instant change-over into the Christmas Holiday season. For a Country look, add gathered pine cones to add texture, any size will do. You can even leave your greens up through the New Year!
TIP: To keep your greens and wreaths fresh, try spritzing them with water and leaving them in a cool place at night.
TIP: Cut dried, hydrangea clusters from your garden. Use them in your decorations in their natural state or spray them silver or gold if that is your theme. Better yet, make a wreath that will last through the spring.
TIP: To open pinecones, keep them in a warm, dry place. If you are in a hurry place them on a cookie sheet on low heat in the oven until open. I used to put them on the top of the wood stove in my workshop.
TIP: To give your arrangements a “Coastal” feel, add starfish, scallops, clam or mussel shells. Make sure you clean them first! If you want added sparkle, try taking a wide paint brush dipped in diluted craft glue and sprinkle the shells with white glitter dust.
Sign up for our Pastiche “Decorating for the Holidays” or “Wreath” workshops for a step-by-step guide to help you decorate your home for the holidays.