Artificial Christmas Wreath

 

For this wall-hanging design, I have taken a wire wreath frame, and added a looped wire for a hanger.

Then, I have woven it with olive-green ribbon to cover the wire (see detailed photo below).

Finally, I have added a spray of red, green and gold coloured artificial materials, with a tartan bow, and some gold ribbon streamers.

This is quite light in weight, so would be more suitable for an inside wall or door, as the wind would probably blow it around far too much if it was outside, unless it was in a very sheltered position.

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About the AuthorChrissie Harten lives in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, with her husband, and her cute dog Toby. Gardening is her passion, and Chrissie loves to describe herself as a plantaholic. When she is not in her garden, Chrissie teaches Flower Arrangements and plays the Saxophone. She is the Secretary and Internet Officer of Bromsgrove and District Flower Arrangement Society, which is affiliated to NAFAS.

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DIY Artificial Ivy Leaves Christmas Tree

DIY Artificial Ivy Leaves Christmas Tree

DIY Artificial Ivy Leaves Christmas Tree

For this Christmas Tree design, I have used a gold-sprayed basketry pot for the container.

I have used a dri-foam cone for the tree itself, and glued it into position in the top of the pot.

Then, starting from the base of the cone, I have pinned Ivy leaves in rows around the cone, bringing the first row down over the rim of the container.

Each leaf and row should slightly overlap, so that no foam is showing.

I have used quite undulating Ivy leaves for this, rather than flat ones, as I wanted a slightly uneven look to it.

I have pinned some gold artificial leaves at intervals all around the design, to bring a bit of festive spirit to the design!

Finally, I have added some small gold berries, pinned in at intervals.

About the AuthorChrissie Harten lives in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, with her husband, and her cute dog Toby. Gardening is her passion, and Chrissie loves to describe herself as a plantaholic. When she is not in her garden, Chrissie teaches Flower Arrangements and plays the Saxophone. She is the Secretary and Internet Officer of Bromsgrove and District Flower Arrangement Society, which is affiliated to NAFAS.

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Silver-White Festive Flower Arrangement

Silver-White Festive Flower Arrangement

Silver-White Festive Flower Arrangement

This arrangement was one of three which I made for a demonstration to Broomsgrove & District Flower Arranging Society.

I have used a silver base, and a silver shallow dish with floral foam for the container. For the height, I have used some silver painted curled palm stems, with some silver glittery ting-ting.

Foliage used was dried Eucalyptus, Pice pungens glauca (Blue Spruce), Fatsia japonica variegata, Aspidistra elatior variegata, Hedera helix ‘Erecta’, and Hedera colchica variegata. Flowers used were all white, and included Lissianthus (Eustoma), Carnations, and Lilies for the focal point.

I have also used three white and silver candles in the center, to give a festive feel! To finish the design, I have wound round a string of irridescent beads, and added a group of glass cubes at the front, which resemble ice cubes.

 

About the AuthorChrissie Harten lives in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, with her husband, and her cute dog Toby. Gardening is her passion, and Chrissie loves to describe herself as a plantaholic. When she is not in her garden, Chrissie teaches Flower Arrangements and plays the Saxophone. She is the Secretary and Internet Officer of Bromsgrove and District Flower Arrangement Society, which is affiliated to NAFAS.

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Orange-Copper Christmas Flower Arrangement

Orange-Copper Christmas Flower Arrangement

I have used a willow ring as the container for this arrangement in orange and copper colours.

A plastic dish just fits into the hole, and floral foam has been used to support the plant material.

This picture shows one side of the arrangement (the other side is shown below) and I have used three copper coloured candles of varying heights, and two copper coloured wicker balls to repeat the colouring of the candles.

A copper coloured bow is used on the other side of the arrangement.

Flowers used are orange Lilies, and apricot coloured Roses round the other side of the arrangement.

I have also added two satsumas, to pick up the colour of the Lilies, and these have been impaled on barbecue sticks to keep them in position.

Foliage used is blue Picea pungens glauca, a blue conifer (type unknown), Heuchera ‘Pewter Veil’, xFatshedera lizei (plain), and xFatshedera lizei ‘Anna Mikkels’ (variegated), Ilex “Silver Queen’ (variegated Holly), and Tellima grandiflora, whose foliage has lovely maroon veins in winter.

The flowers were from the florist, all the foliage was from the garden.

 

About the AuthorChrissie Harten lives in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, with her husband, and her cute dog Toby. Gardening is her passion, and Chrissie loves to describe herself as a plantaholic. When she is not in her garden, Chrissie teaches Flower Arrangements and plays the Saxophone. She is the Secretary and Internet Officer of Bromsgrove and District Flower Arrangement Society, which is affiliated to NAFAS.

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Exquisite Red Floral Arrangement for Christmas

Exquisite Red Floral Arrangement for Christmas

Exquisite Red Floral Arrangement for Christmas

This arrangement was one of three which I made for a demonstration to Broomsgrove & District Flower Arranging Society.

I have used two placements on a circular base, the taller one in a gold-coloured wicker container, both with floral foam for the mechanics.

Both arrangements used the same plant material. Foliage used for these designs was dried Eucalyptus, Picea pungens glauca, Fatshedera lizei, Mahonia japonica, Fatsia japonica variegata, Hedera colchica ‘Sulphur Heart’, and Hedera helix deltoidea.

Flowers used were red Roses, red Carnations, and ‘Kermit’ Chrysanthemums. I have also used some gold artificial flowers and foliage, artificial red grapes, gold wicker spheres, and gold ribbon.

In the top arrangement, I have added three gold candle holders, with dark green candles.

Finally, to link the two design together, I have added a figurine of Father Christmas, dressed in red, gold and green – just to add a bit of fun and festive spirit!

About the Author

Chrissie Harten lives in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, with her husband, and her cute dog Toby. Gardening is her passion, and Chrissie loves to describe herself as a plantaholic. When she is not in her garden, Chrissie teaches Flower Arrangements and plays the Saxophone. She is the Secretary and Internet Officer of Bromsgrove and District Flower Arrangement Society, which is affiliated to NAFAS.

Visit Chrissie’s Website – A Flower Arranger’s Garden

Orange-Copper-Bronze Christmas Flower Arrangement

Orange-Copper-Bronze Christmas Flower Arrangement

Orange-Copper-Bronze Christmas Flower Arrangement

This arrangement was one of three which I made for a demonstration to Broomsgrove & District Flower Arranging Society.

I have used a brown rectangular base, and two bronze/copper coloured rectangular containers, the taller one placed behind the longer one. These containers were lined with black plastic, as they were made of sisal on a metal framework, and were somewhat see-through.

I then stuffed each container with newspaper, and added floral foam, wrapped in black plastic, for the mechanics.

For the height, I have used some Phormium tenax purpureum, and some copper coloured ting-ting. Other foliage used is Rubus tricolour, Fatshedera lizei, Hedera helix ‘Erecta’, and Hedera colchica variegata. Flowers used were Rosa “Narinja”, Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paw), and “Kermit” Chrysanthemums.

I have also used some copper coloured artificial leaves and grapes. To link the two containers, I have used some bronze ribbon, and placed some artificial bronze coloured apples at the base of the design.

 About the Author

Chrissie Harten lives in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, with her husband, and her cute dog Toby. Gardening is her passion, and Chrissie loves to describe herself as a plantaholic. When she is not in her garden, Chrissie teaches Flower Arrangements and plays the Saxophone. She is the Secretary and Internet Officer of Bromsgrove and District Flower Arrangement Society, which is affiliated to NAFAS.

Visit Chrissie’s Website – A Flower Arranger’s Garden

Ideas for Festive Curtains and Windows: Christmas Decorating

Festive green colored bottles holding branches of red berries can make a windowsil look very Christmassy

Windowsills can be turned into beautiful areas during the holiday season but sometimes coming up with the right look is a little difficult or you just can’t get your imaginative juices flowing. This article can help by giving easy and fun ideas for decorating your windowsill for the holidays.

Festive green colored bottles holding branches of red berries can make a windowsil look very Christmassy

1. Find holiday colored bottles in different shapes and sizes. Arrange them on the windowsill and put water in them. Then put pine branches, cut poinsettias and other holiday flowers in the bottles. This creates a fun look that sparkles and shimmers when the sun hits it.

2. Use the windowsill as a place to display pictures from Christmas’ past. Get different sized frames, and arrange them on the windowsill. For a dramatic effect, get an unlike planter and plant ivy. Use those little sticks that cards come on in bouquets but put your pictures in the top. Poke the sticks into the soil in a fun display.

3. Create a window box indoors and put all sorts of potted plants in it. To dress the plants up for the holiday season, hang small ornaments on them. Then put Christmas lights on the window box.

4. Place ivy topiaries on the windowsill and decorate with white lace and holly.

5. Turn the windowsill into a Christmas present. Put festive wrapping paper on the wall and windowsill so that it looks like the front and top of a Christmas present. Put a large bow on top with a tag.

6. Put fake snow on the windowsill and place luminaries at equal intervals along the windowsill. Light the candles for a cheery winter glow.

7. Arrange festive candles on the windowsill. Choose candles with different heights and widths for the best look.

8. Hang candy canes from red ribbon so that they hang down from the edge of the windowsill.

9. Have some of the younger members of the family make gingerbread houses. Then display them on the windowsill. You can even cut a bit of cardboard so that it fits nicely in the windowsill and make little roads out of candies and icing that go between the houses. Don’t forget the street signs.

10. Decorate with pine boughs and pinecones. You can even roll the pinecones in a little glue and then some white sparkly glitter to make it look like they have just been snowed on.

11. Do you have a few different tree toppers? Get small trees to put in the windowsill; put fake snow in the boughs then put on your tree toppers. Now people can see all of them at once.

12. Use the windowsill as a place to display your children’s Christmas art. Get small plastic easels to put some of the larger art on. Attach wire to the edge of the windowsill and wrap it around a clothespin at the end. Use the clothespin to hold artwork.

13. Display collections you may have such as nutcrackers, Christmas bells, ornaments, Christmas villages, antique Christmas cards, or model trains.

DIY Wooden Violin Christmas Door Decoration

DIY Wooden Violin Christmas Decoration

DIY Wooden Violin Christmas Decoration

This wooden violin makes a different wall hanging or door design.

It has a built-in area on the front for holding the floral foam.

I have used dri-foam for the mechanics, as all the materials are artificial.

Materials used are gold Poinsettias for the focal area, large red berries, sprays of small maroon berries, gold leaves, and a bow of tartan ribbon with a gold thread running through.

A wire hanger has been attached at the back.

 

Welcome Home – Christmas Hanging Flower Arrangement

Welcome Home - Hanging/Inverted Christmas Flower Arrangement with Orchids and Gerbera Daisies

Get real creative and welcome and wow guests with an inverted over-the-head ‘chandelier style’ flower arrangement for the porch. It is sure to stand out as your best decorating….and we won’t let out the secret!

Welcome Home - Hanging/Inverted Christmas Flower Arrangement with Orchids and Gerbera Daisies

How To:

1. First, you will need to prepare a base for your arrangement. Place three twigs forming a triangle and fasten their overlapping ends with jute rope making a loop for hanging. Refer to the image below.

Twigs over a brick of floral foam fastened with florist wire.
Twigs over a brick of floral foam fastened with florist wire.

2. Place the twig triangle over a brick of floral foam and fasten the foam with a lot of florist wire.

3. Turn the base over. This is where you start arranging your flowers as if it were a normal upright standing arrangement.

Turn the base over to start arranging flowers

4. Use flowers with long stems that penetrate the foam and go all the way back and poke out of the foam from between the wire. Start by placing white gerberas in the center and all 4 sides. Add orchids and fill in empty spaces with greens.

5. Pour water over the foam. The foam will shrink and hold on to the flower stems tightly. Turn it upside down and hang your arrangement in the porch, doorway or hallway from the rope loop.

This article first appeared in the ‘Celebrating Christmas PDF Magazine‘ which is a FREE magazine that you can download and even print out.

Victorian Christmas Decorating Ideas

Victorian Christmas Decorating Ideas

A Victorian theme can bring classic elegance to your home this Christmas. Victorian decor is romantic and sophisticated, and so easy to achieve. Keep reading for some ideas to help you create a Victorian Christmas wonderland in your home this year!

Victorian Christmas Decorating Ideas

You’ll want to choose a color scheme for your Victorian decorations. This will ensure that all your decorations coordinate and look like they’ve been chosen by a professional designer! There are many different color combinations that are appropriate for a Victorian theme. Usually, your accent color will be either gold or silver, which adds opulence. Your main color can be something like dusty blue, feminine mauve or powder pink, light sage green, or deep, rich cranberry.

victorian christmas door decoration
Victorian Winter Christmas Ice Skate Door Decoration

The focal point of the room is of course the Christmas tree. Place a beautifully embroidered tree skirt that features your color scheme around the bottom of the tree. Then, string white lights around the tree. White lights are classic and match any color scheme. Now, you can begin placing the ornaments on the tree. A trip to most any store that offers Christmas decorations will provide you with many Victorian theme choices. The Victorian theme is hotter than ever — you’re sure to have lots of gorgeous ornaments to select from!

victorian christmas angel tree topper
16″ Red and Gold Christmas Holiday Angel Tree Topper

After your tree is decked out with Victorian flair, you can adorn the rest of your home. Try a lace tablecloth and a beautiful floral centerpiece that contains your colors to give any table an eye-catching richness. A satin, tassel adorned runner over the mantle makes a nice backdrop for your figurines or nativity scene. Candles are always a great addition to a Victorian Christmas themed room. Choose ivory candles in pretty crystal, brass or silver holders for a classic look. Floating candles are also beautiful and attention-getting.

thomas kinkade victorian christmas wreath

For the walls, try matting and framing Victorian themed Christmas cards, which can be picked up from most any stationery store. A wrought iron birdcage hung from the ceiling and filled with ivy and silk blossoms also brings classic beauty to any room. Try playing soft instrumental Christmas music that features popular Victorian instruments like the harp to add extra ambiance.

With a little shopping and a lot of creativity, you can turn your home into a beautiful Victorian themed holiday haven!