Around my house, everything needs to work double duty. Remember the patriotic post where generic dishes and linens rotated in and out so that holidays are quickly and easily decorated? Believe it or not, the same can happen with artificial greens that usually only come out at Christmas.
Sound crazy? Well, maybe so. But before you decide, let’s have a look…
Easy Year Round Decor Using Christmas Greens
This post is in collaboration with Tree Classics, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.
It all started when Tree Classics invited me to participate in a Christmas in July Challenge. They wanted to see how a cast of participating bloggers would incorporate a couple of their Christmas products into a summer decor plan. I chose a 9-foot garland and a 24-inch wreath, both with super-easy battery-operated LED lights.
Before the garland arrived, the plan was to tie the greenery in sections to resemble balls and pile the balls in a basket on the sofa table.
Only, the surprise is on me! The garland simply could not be rolled and bound because it is too lush and thick.
Wow! What a great problem to have!
Well, unless you’re me and need to pull a Plan B out of the hat. Like…toot sweet. 🙂
Then it’s all ….panicsville.
But I was able to stay with the original plan. Sort of.
I just found a bigger (as in huge) basket and laid the garland inside.
This way the basket is totally mobile. It could fit under a table, sit by the fireplace, rest on top of the front porch steps, and well —the list goes on and on. Turns out, I could find a gazillion places for that sweet basket of sparkling greens.
But my current favorite spot is in the sunroom on top of a distressed flower cart. During the day, it is cheery, fun, and unexpected. And at night, there’s a nice soft twinkle. Not enough to light the room, but just enough to create a cozy ambience.
24-Inch Wreath Used 3 Ways
Wreath #1 – Fall
Just off of the sunroom is the patio with an outdoor fireplace. Last Fall, I also had the pleasure of participating in Tree Classics Fall Challenge. In case you missed this post, a wreath was simply laid over a mirror to create a one-of-a-kind fireplace accessory.
It was so easy to make and so easy to change out for Christmas, too. If you’d like to see the full post, please click here.
Wreath #2 – Rustic Farmhouse
Another idea for using the wreath all year round is in combination with a ladder.
It’s totally rustic and filled with farmhouse flair.
Simply add a spray of flowers to one side. Or, if you like, fill the entire wreath.
Then tie the wreath to the ladder with a rough-and-ready burlap bow.
This ladder/wreath combination was placed next to a tree that stands just to the right of the fireplace.
And it fits right in with the natural elements found in this part of the backyard.
But if you think about it, this look could easily move to a porch or indoors. Like the basket filled with garland, aren’t there at least a gazillion places to use this popular combo?
Why, yes! Of course, there are.
Wreath #3 – Centerpiece
And last, but not least, is the wreath combined with an arrangement of succulents.
Earlier in the Spring, I made a container of faux succulents for the kitchen. This summer, when I needed a quick and easy centerpiece for the outdoor table, the wreath formed a perfect base.
Then the container of succulents was simply nestled into the center.
The wreath can be lit or unlit. Remember, it’s battery operated.
And there you have it. Evergreen garland and wreaths used all year round in ways you may not have expected.
These ideas focus on a very natural, woodsy setting, but can translate to any decor style.
Just let your imagination go wild and have lots of fun.
But wait, what if I need to store the greens away?
If you find that you actually do need to store the greens, Tree Classics has the best bag I’ve ever seen. The hanger on the inside has hooks that grab and hold the wreath. It’s so strong, I do believe that it can hold any amount of weight from the wreath.
And the bag can has plenty of room in the bottom for extra goodies. I was able to add the 9-foot garland and still had room for more.
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