Decorating With Nature

It was so nice out yesterday I went out to enjoy the fall colors. I sprang to my feet as if by ORDER and got a roll of wide tape (the kind used when mailing packages.) Then I began searching for leaves to fit the tape.

There are more varieties than I knew around my house! I stuck the leaves and a few flowers from weeds on the tape. When it began to drag the ground I went inside and fixed it to my storm door glass. So when I look out this winter, there is some greenery when everything else is covered with snow!

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I felt SO GOOD about it that I went out with more tape and went on a walk around the other side of my house. I put that piece on the kitchen window!

Then, I ran out of that that tape and got the next size, about 3/4th inch wide and went out for more. This time I got only small leaves, off the roses and some that didn't reach their full size yet. Wow!

I will get more tape when I can soon. There are a few nice days left, maybe even a months worth or more!

Last summer, because I really am a plant killer, I went out to a nearby nature reserve (Check your maps, maybe there is something near you that you didn't know about. Mine is only 8 miles of very pretty back roads.) I got a couple of downed limbs. I would never tell someone to go cut limbs but if that is what you can do, go for it!) I painted them black with can of Dollar General spray paint. It is $2 or $2.50 and I had some pots so went to lumber yard for bags of cement ($1.87 for 10 lbs.) I mixed some cement in the pot with a paint stirrer and placed a painted limb in each and let dry.

I have had SO many compliments on my "indoor woods"! I even had one suspended from the ceiling but it fell. It had a chimes hanging on it and a small birdhouse with tiny flower garland I created of deco hole punch and crocheted a chain stich in between each.

I also have a huge red maple leaf fixed to a pane of glass in the front door. I like to think that when I look out through all this that I remain "hidden" until I choose to open the door. I have a curtain too, but this is a lot more fun!

What do you all do with the beautiful items gifted to us by Mother Nature?

November 3, 20040 found this helpful
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Pine cones in baskets, tall twigs and grasses in large vases, any evergreen branches laid on tabletop surfaces interspursed with tall candles, neat shaped stones in small glass dishes, stones in glass vases in place of glass balls for flower arrangements, sand with seashells in shallow containers with votive candles pushed in - beautiful, renewable interior decorations.

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July 19, 20050 found this helpful
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I dry all kinds of flowers all year long and then make my own popourri...also I collect pinecones,seed pods,tree limbs, ect. In school we collected all kinds of stuff and then hot glued it on a straw wreath..including japanese lantern's which dry very nicley...gail2656...they are a beautiful orange color

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Cat tails are great for adding to flower arrangements, especially in the fall. Use hair spray to cover them, to keep them from falling apart. Dead twigs can be sprayed painted with glitter spray paint to add a sparkle to an arrangement. Pine cones have many uses, in baskets, or making wreaths with them. Pine cone bird feeders (cover in a butter, peanut butter mixture and roll in bird seed. Place in freezer for about 30 minutes to harden. Tie ribbon on pine cones and hang from tree limbs) and such!

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November 1, 20040 found this helpful

My, you are certainly creative! I'm currently drying some roses with hairspray. Hang upside down in a sunny place (I used a clothes rack & twisty ties to hang 'em).

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November 2, 20040 found this helpful

What wonderful, nature-full ideas! Just one hint for you, though. If I read your post correctly, you said you are paying $2 to $2.50 for a can of spray paint at the Dollar Store. Wal-Mart has cans of generic spray paint (including black) for about 88 cents a can.

Thanks for sharing your creative genius,

Kathy

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November 27, 20070 found this helpful

I own a coffee house in a small, historic down town. I wanted a unique holiday theme as my customers are very diverse. I started with a bundle of dead tree branches and tied them together with twine, anchored them with stones in a vase that I retail for a local potter and artist. For the "tree" decore, I unwrapped some holly garland with pinecones and placed the individual stems and pieces in order to highlight the interesting curves of the branches. However, I did have to add net lights to it as the lighting from underneath was not enough. Though the net lights seem to be too much...any suggestions?

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

That is great! It's just a personal opinion but I like more branch/twigs & less lights. Otherwise it's very cool! What will you be doing in the way of decorating this year!? Post pics!

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