Over the weekend, Ed, my daughters, and I went to pick out our Christmas Tree. We like to get a real one and for the past 4 years we have gone to Corkum Tree Farm in Skippack Townsip, Pa to get it. While there, I also like to buy the cuttings from all the trees that they tie up into bundles and sell for a few dollars. I like to use them to add fresh greens around the house – usually on the mantel and window sills. This year, I made greenery sprays with them, to hang under the exterior light fixtures using a block of foam and a wire coat hanger.
This is an easy and very affordable way to decorate not only your front porch or entryway, but a door, window, gate, carriage light, or fence post. I added to the greenery I bought by clipping a few sprigs from a boxwood in my yard to create a interesting mix of texture to the hook-on greenery.
It cost me about $5 to make and took about 30 minutes.
How To Make Hook-On Christmas Greenery
Supplies Needed:Foam block – preferably green Wire coat hanger 4 Green chenille stems U-shaped florist pins or paper clips (open paper clips and form a U-shape with the wire) Variety of greenery from your yard or tree trimmings from a local Christmas tree seller. Tree branch snippers Optional: ribbon, ornaments, a few more chenille stems
1. Bend the coat hanger as shown and attach with the U-shaped pins. Twist two chenille stems together to create a longer one. Do the same thing with the other two more chenille stems. Wrap and tie them around the foam block as shown. This will be the back of the greenery hanger.
Hang over arm on light fixture. If hanging on a door or window – add a piece of green felt to the back so the wire does not mar the paint or glass.
To keep greenery fresher longer, dip foam into water. I laid the foam and hanger on the ground outside as I worked on it. Once I had most of it covered, I hung it back up to make sure it was shaped symmetrically. To create the shape – imagine the shape and size of the cluster you want. My light is large so I wanted to keep the size of the greenery in proportion. Start by placing the long stem at the top and bottom to mark the length; then mark side edges with shorter stems. Begin to fill in the shape, working from the outside edges of the block, and placing shorter stems on top. Layer until you cannot see the foam block.
I mixed Douglas fir, scotch pine, and boxwood.
I made a bow using red opalescent ribbon. I tied a few small ornaments to the center using a chenille stem and then tied it all onto the greenery with another chenille stem.
Add pine cones instead of ornaments or whatever you like. Mist with water to keep the greens fresher longer.
This is the first holiday decoration I have created so far this year. Have you started decorating yet?