Holiday Decorating for the Irreligious and Talentless

I recently searched on YouTube for “Christmas decorations with natural materials” and found a bunch of crafty people in the U.S. and England. This confirmed my assessment that I’m not one of them.

This is as “Christmasy” as my front door will get this season. My goal is really decorating for the winter, so I use colors that don’t look like they need to go away on New Year’s Day, like red always does. I like blue, with a bit of silver. In mid-winter I’ll replace the Juniper bits, and leave it all there until March.

In these pots next to my front door, where my favorite Iresines once dazzled, I use Juniper clippings with bits of possibly tacky extras from a craft store.

On my front patio, where ginormous Coleuses wow visitors in season, I used more Juniper clippings, this time paired with fake holly berries. The trailing Sedum overwinters there just fine. (It’s S. sarmentosum, which grows around here like a weed.)

In my back yard, where the pots hold a different color of Iresine all summer, I’ve used blue ornaments and some natural stalks of something or other that have been sprayed silver. I’m not thrilled with this combo.

Indoors, I do even less decorating – hanging another possibly tacky doodad above this quilt in the dining room. Above the TV in the living room I hang a wreath, which could use a little more color, I think. I do like the way it looks with the birch tree stencil.

By now you see why I welcome your easy decorating ideas – as long as they don’t require talent in floral design.

UPDATE: I just noticed the most Christmasy thing in my house are the Santa’s Elf headbands on the bookcase next to the front door. They are so much fun to wear!

Holiday Decorating for the Irreligious and Talentless originally appeared on GardenRant on December 7, 2018.

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