• Natural Christmas garland ideas

    Posted on November 15, 2013 by in Christmas crafts

    There are some great ways of using natural botanicals to decorate your home

    Many dried fruits and spices are suitable for threading together into a garland. As ever, my two personal favourites are cinnamon sticks and orange slices.

    Thread together some dried orange slices

    The pic below is of a garland I made for my tree a couple of years ago. Dried orange slices are easy to buy online, or leave fresh orange slices in a cool oven (30degC) for a few hours to dry out. My garland was threaded with natural raffia.

    natural christmas garland dried orange slices

    Make a natural Christmas garland with orange slices by stitching them together with raffia.

    Chilli garlands are easy to make

    This pic was taken in my kitchen. Again, I threaded the dried chillies together using natural raffia. I pierced a hole just under the stalk on the chilli. They are a lovely shade of glossy dark burgundy red.

    natural christmas garland with chillies

    A natural Christmas garland with chillies. The colours are perfect for Christmas.

    A cinnamon garland

    This garland was on display in a laurel tree outside my house last year – see the post on how I made the garland. It comprises of a length of cinnamon sticks threaded with florists wire, decorated at intervals with ribbon and orange slices.

    cinnamon stick dried orange natural garland

    A natural cinnamon stick garland with dried oranges and ribbon.

    Ready-made natural Christmas garlands

    Here are two garlands I have bought ready-made. Ready-made garlands can be expensive, but might act as inspiration in future years! This first one shows how simple it can be to thread different items onto a string for an impressive effect.

    Natural Christmas decoration with orange slices

    Orange slice garland with mini pumpkins, bay leaves and chillies threaded onto raffia. The ends are tied with cinnamon sticks.

    This second ready-made Christmas garland would be simple to copy at home, and it would be lovely if the items used had been collected on a winter walk! It would be very simple to make twig bundles like the ones shown, tied together with string or florists wire.

    chunky garland pods pinecones

    Chunky garland with pods, twig bundles and pine cones on jute string.

    Happy making!
    Ruth. x

    P.S. Below are some links you might find useful.

    More natural Christmas decorations – Links to related posts

    Handmade Christmas potpourri

    Make cinnamon cones   |   Make a cinnamon bundle

    Matching natural Christmas wreaths

    Make your own natural Christmas garlands – shopping links

    Buy cinnamon sticks   |   Bay leaves

    Dried orange slices   |   pine cones

    Buy ready-made natural Christmas decorations and garlands