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December 20, 2022

A Natural Seasonal Christmas

Designing a natural Christmas

With one week to go, I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a happy, festive season and share some natural, Christmas decorative ideas I’ve been creating.

A Woodland Christmas wreath
A Woodland Christmas Wreath

I instantly feel like the season has begun when I make my first wreath. I put mine up on December 1st, but often change it half way through the month. Drying oranges is a seasonal tradition. The aroma as they dry in the oven is irresistible and I love the bright glow amongst the winter foliage. This year I’m using this rich russet velvet ribbon from Bertie and Fred.

Dried oranges for Christmas
Dried Oranges

I always imagine that I’ll fill the house with an abundance of natural, seasonal foliage with all kinds of swags, wreaths and wild, woodland mantle designs. It’s such an inspiring time of year for foraging and gathering foliage, berried ivy, bracken, larch twigs and dried stems saved from summer. Like everyone else, I end up running out of time and daylight with all the shopping, wrapping and multitude of other tasks that creep up (like the car MOT…why does that always happen in December)! So again, it’s up in to the attic and out with all the lovely, sentimental decorations gathered over the years. Yes, there will be a natural wreath on the door and a table centrepiece hastily thrown together on Christmas eve. Lots of candles and twinkling lights.

Floral chandelier for Christmas
Hanging floral chandelier

An Advent chandelier

Earlier in the month, I did find some time to create and photograph some seasonal, floral decoration ideas. They won’t last till Christmas because they were made so far in advance. For me it’s about creating content and inspiration to share on Instagram and Pinterest over the festive season.

Detail of floral Christmas chandelier
Detail of Spanish moss and amaranthus

I mossed up a ring and filled it with larch, ivy, garden foliage (oleaster and pittosporum are a favourite for this time of year), dried honesty, strawflowers, amaranthus, limonium and fronds of Spanish moss. This is an advent calander, but I didn’t get round to the candle part! They could very easily be pinned in to the moss though.

Detail of strawflowers in Christmas chandelier
Berried ivy and strawflowers

A festive Chandelier

This decoration was created from an old wire thrift shop find. A metal chandelier covered in moss and decorated with garden foliage, berries, hips and crab apples.

Christmas chandelier with berries and candles
Candlelit festive chandelier

I’m loving these skinny, natural beeswax candles this season. I’ve stuck them in to mini vintage pastry tins perfect for dotting around the Christmas table. I keep the candles in the fridge or somewhere cold and then they don’t burn too fast.

Detail of Christmas chandelier with larch twigs
Larch twigs and ivy

I do hope your Christmas is merry and bright and filled with all the lovely things that make your heart sing. If like me you plan to set aside some time for photography then you can read my tips on embracing winter light here.

With love and best wishes for the New Year.

Janne x

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