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Easy Year Round Decor Using Christmas Greens

Hello Friends,

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.

9-Foot Garland

A basket of garland provides year-round greenery | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

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.

Holiday garland is placed in a basket for summer decor | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.comOnly, 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.

A gently lit basket of artifical greens provides twinkle in the evenings | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

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.

A holiday garland mixes with other summer greens to complete a corner in the sunroom | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

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.

Christmas greens add to the summer fun and decor | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

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. 

A Christmas wreath is easily layered for a great Fall look | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

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.

A beautiful Christmas wreath is so lush and full, simple layering on a textural element is all that is needed | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

Wreath #2 – Rustic Farmhouse

Another idea for using the wreath all year round is in combination with a ladder. 

The all-natural look of an artificial Christmas wreath makes it a great decor item all year | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

It’s totally rustic and filled with farmhouse flair.

A simple flower spray is all that's needed for a pop of color | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

Simply add a spray of flowers to one side. Or, if you like, fill the entire wreath.

A full and lush artificial wreath is easy to use all year round | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then tie the wreath to the ladder with a rough-and-ready burlap bow.

An artificial Christmas wreath is added to a ladder for a year-round rustic farmhouse look | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

This ladder/wreath combination was placed next to a tree that stands just to the right of the fireplace.

A #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.comrtificial wreaths look great when paired with natural elements |

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.

You don't have to be a pro wreath maker to create an easy, breezy rustic farmhouse look | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

Wreath #3 – Centerpiece

And last, but not least, is the wreath combined with an arrangement of succulents. 

Combine succulents and an artificial Christmas wreath for year-round decor | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

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.

An easy centerpiece is made using faux succulents and an artificial wreath | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then the container of succulents was simply nestled into the center.

Wreaths can make great centerpieces when combined with other decor elements | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

The wreath can be lit or unlit. Remember, it’s battery operated.

An easy rustic centerpiece is made by combining succulents with an artificial wreath | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

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.

A centerpiece using artifical elelments can be used indoors or outdoors | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

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.

Storage bags for artifical greens are handy when they have very strong wreath-grabbing hangers | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

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.

The Tree Classics storage bag is super-strong and has ample room for holiday decor | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

If you would like to circle back to these ideas, please…

Four easy ideas for using Christmas greens all year round | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

An artificial Christmas wreath is perfect to use for year-round decor | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

An artificial Christmas wreath forms the base for an indoor or outdoor centerpiece | #christmas #greens | #spon Tree Classics | www.thechelseaproject.com

For more ideas using holiday greens throughout the year, please visit my bloggy friends.

Click here for Laura of Pet Scribbles. She made two fabulous wreaths for indoor or outdoor use.

Click here (goes live July 14 – I’ll add the link tomorrow) for Angelina of Peonies and Orange Blossoms

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  • Reply Laura / Pet Scribbles July 13, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Wow Susie — I’m loving your decorating ideas — especially the basket of garland! What a brilliant idea, and it looks so pretty! (In fact that entire room looks SO inviting and cozy!) I’m saving these ideas — including using the wreath as part of a centerpiece!

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 13, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Hi Laura and thanks! It was really fun to think outside the box. Love your wreaths, too!! So happy to have you stop by!

  • Reply Michelle July 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I have to say I was skeptical…but you pulled it off. It looks crazy good and I am in love with that basket!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      LOL!!! Michelle! Have a little faith, girl. LOL!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s always so good to see you! XOXO

  • Reply Angelina PeoniesandOrangeBlossoms July 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Susie, I love your decorating ideas. I like the simplicity of storing the garland in a basket – it goes so well with your other baskets of greenery!

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 13, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      Hi Angelina and thanks so much! We are certainly enjoying the lovely evergreens in the sunroom. This challege has been so fun! So happy to share it with you and Laura!

  • Reply Susie of The Chelsea Project July 13, 2017 at 11:58 pm

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  • Reply cristina July 14, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Oh, I got a bit distracted looking at that beautiful outdoor fireplace of yours! Gotta bring those greens out and enjoy them year round! Love the basket and all your ideas.

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Hi Cristina and thanks! You need to come over and sit by the fire.

  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 July 16, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I never would have thought to use Christmas greens all year round. I love the ideas you showed.

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 16, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Hi Debra and thanks! I have to admit that I hadn’t really thought about it either until challenged to give it a try. It was really a fun exercise in finding a way to use these lush colors and textures all summer.
      Appreciate the visit! XOXO

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  • Reply Jennifer Essad July 16, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Having a wonderful Tree Classics Wreath as a base for decorating to our liking is the way to go, I love being able to move it around from time to time with it being battery operated makes it so easy

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