Tree branches, with their unique shapes and textures, make a good starting point for creative decorating using things from nature. This is a guide about decorating with branches.
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Collect various branches or smaller limbs and spray paint them black or your choice of colors and secure upright in a flower pot suited to its size in cement.
It may be used to display your favorite objects that would become weather worn if left out during the off season.
By melody_yesterday from Sedalia, MO
This idea can be used all year as well as Christmas. I gathered branches and made sure all the leaves were off and spray painted them white, I found a basic vase, that would accept the white spray paint, I found the little twinkle lights and put those on the branches after they were dry.
Of course, use caution when using the electric lights, also it is still pretty without the lights, look through your decorations or old jewelry to see what you would like to hang from the branches, you can use pretty ribbon, I used mostly clear decorations, and now all year I look for small things to hang on the branches. You can decorate the branches for Easter or just for fun. Also the branches look great with their natural color.
It's a fun idea for kids to help with the decorating part, they could make paper chains all in white or cut snowflakes. You may need to weigh down your vase and branches with rocks in the bottom. This idea can be cheaper than a tree and be used all year, enjoy.
By Kersti from Bellevue, Wa.
Say hello to spring this year by cutting a few branches from flowering trees and coaxing them to bloom for you indoors. Many woody plants can be forced into early flowering early, including forsythia, pussy willow, fruits trees, witch hazel, spirea, quince, and even lilac.
Late January to early February: Cornelian Cherry, Forsythia, Flowering Quince, Witch Hazel, Poplar, Willow)
February: Red Maple, Alder, Birch, Quince, Cherry trees, Rhododendrons and Azaleas (later in the month), Pussy Willow and Wintersweet.
Mid-March to early April: Hawthorns, Honeysuckle shrubs, Callery pears, Apple trees, Crab Apple trees, Mock orange, Oaks, Lilacs (late March to early April), Redbud and Spirea.
By Ellen Brown
"Decorating the house with fresh greenery is one of the oldest winter holiday traditions. Evergreens have been a part of winter festivals since ancient times. Evergreens are used to represent everlasting life and hope for the return of spring."
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