Sweet pine needle garland | pine needle garland

 

Garland

I had a few small branches of pine tree left over last night and I thought I’d try to make a pretty garland similar to one I saw on Pinterest. How easy!

pine branch

 

As you can see above, the pine bough has little groups of needles. Try and pinch those off intact, you don’t want to be dealing with individual needles (see both below) – way too much work.

pine needles

Gather a bunch of needle “groups”, secure with florist wire and cover that with twine. Tie the bunch to a longer piece of twine at regular intervals and done! Sweet pine needle garland – easy as anything.

pine tassel

 

 

 

 

Make a stunning wreath easily | Cedar wreath

Door wreath

I won’t claim to have made the wreath pictured above but I did make it special. I started with a base of a plain cedar wreath that is available at pretty much any grocery store right now.  Starting with a symmetrical, well-made wreath is a whole lot more efficient and let me get to the fun embellishment part faster.

Plain cedar wreath

The only other green that I used was seeded eucalyptus bought at the garden centre. As far as I can tell the burgundy eucalyptus was sprayed and not naturally that colour, but the contrast was perfect.

Eucalyptus

From the grocery store I got kumquats, key limes and physalis (Cape gooseberries) which I wired with florist wire.

wreath add-ons

Starting with the greens, I inserted the cut pieces into the existing wreath base and tried to make the form more organic or wild looking. I then moved on to the burgundy eucalyptus and spread it evenly throughout. The fruit was last and was wired securely with floral wire. Make sure you stand back and check the form often. So from a basic store-bought wreath I got a custom made, pretty spectacular front door wreath.

I’m thrilled with the result, it will be interesting to see how the fruit holds up. I wonder if the squirrels will strip it bare?

December East Coast Christmas Playlist

 

December playlist

1. Hey Rosetta Carry Me Home

2. Bruce Guthro Angels We Have Heard on High

3. The Barra MacNeils Auld Lang Syne

4. Matt Andersen O Holy Night

5. Jenn Grant Carol of the Bells

6. Ashley MacIsaac God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

7. Great Big Sea Seven Joys of Mary

8. Natalie McMaster A Christmas Jig/Mouth of the Tobique  Reel

9. Measha Brueggergosman Do You Hear What I Hear?