Anything that gets me outdoors as November races by, is a very good thing indeed. My husband will probably tell you different, but I haven’t suffered badly with SAD for years, not since I taught drama in blacked out room all day. This year though, I feel like I am fighting harder than usual to keep happy, despite all my efforts to get ahead. Something creative, that involves a walk to collect the materials, is normally just the thing to pull me through black clouds.
After pondering where our Christmas style comes from earlier this week, and sharing some Scandinavian home ideas, I was quite struck by how much all that came together in these pictures I took of the Christmas garlands we made.
I love the simplicity, these were a real pleasure to collect for and so easy to make. Our house is Victorian, we have high ceilings, nooks and crannies and lots of hallway, so our house drowns out decorations fast, but these are a really quick and thrifty way to decorate.
We collected them on a walk very locally, along the river, behind the back of the leisure centre, past local schools, we didn’t have to wander far to find some great things to include. The whole family helped, and we soon collected a mix of red and black berries, dried out seed pods, tiny pine cones, thistle heads and evergreens. A great mix of colours and shapes.
To attach them simply make a slip knot, as you would to start crochet or knitting, slip something into the knot and tighten, this makes it easy to add on without tangling and the bunches hang neatly.
I used straw coloured raffia in the den which goes well against the black surround and tiles. I kept to quite simple shapes in this room. The red raffia looked good against the white fireplace in the living room and the green of the kitchen units. I used bigger bundles here, you can play around for a different look. In the book I found this craft in, My First Nature Activity Book – they also suggest using these outdoors, or when camping, which I loved the sound of too. You can also tie little bows in different colour raffia around each bundle, but I like them simple best.
Lots more little crafts to come, but I couldn’t wait to share these as they are so cheap, easy, involve getting outdoors too.
Come back tomorrow for a Nutella Viennese biscuit?