This weekend I began decorating my cottage this years theme would be 'natural', possibly I went a wee bit overboard with my mantelpiece, hopefully it will survive until Boxing day.
With my mantelpiece I basically foraged for foliage while out walking. I bought a couple of pieces of Pohutakawa (NZ Christmas tree), for a central feature, The secret is lining your mantel with clear cellophane and then using pre-soaked bricks of florists oasis. I placed one in the centre and then one at each end. I started with the centre one poking in pieces of foliage. I then added some longer pieces at each end and filled in between. Once I was happy with the balance, I added a few silver balls and a garland of tiny silver stars which I weaved in and out. I need a few more Pohutakawa and pinecones in the centre but fairly happy with my first attempt at doing something like this although possibly it is a little overdone and I may prune it a little before Christmas day.
Above: I created some little candles for my guests on Christmas day...I have a post about the diy candle holders here.
And a glimpse from my bedroom which is almost finished and will be shared on my blog next week...
I have more decorating ideas to share this week, including how to make a cute little candle holders for your place settings and much more.
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