I love fresh greenery! The smell, the way it looks, that classic Christmas decor atmosphere. Not to mention the fact that it is environmentally friendly and usually really inexpensive, especially if you collect it yourself instead of purchasing it in store.
1. Check before you trim
If you have a bunch of fresh greenery on your own property, prune away! These are your trees and you can cut a few branches. But if you are going to collect branches elsewhere, check your local bylaws to make sure you don’t need a permit, or to be sure the area you are cutting isn’t protected.
2. Keep it cool
Fresh greenery is happiest outdoors. Especially if outside is cool and a little damp. Case in point, my wreath outside my door (read here for how to make one!) is still flexible and the greens on my mantelpiece are getting a little crunchy.
3. Shorten your timelines
With indoor greenery, you can’t decorate in mid November and still expect it to look fresh at Christmas. If you needed an excuse to decorate with only two weeks before the big day, this is it. If you want it long term, look into which types of greens have a longer shelf life. Some evergreens drop needles easier. Large leaves like magnolia or eucalyptus will stay looking nice and can dry without crumbling everywhere.
No matter what, once you set it up, don’t touch it, or you will be cleaning up needles off the floor all season
4. Real greenery loves fake candles
Even if you love firefighters, this is not the way to meet one. Fresh greenery and open flames do not mix. It seems like a no-brainer, but I don’t want to take any chances! Use LED mini lights, or fake flickering tea lights like I have. This way you can enjoy the gorgeous glow of candlelight without the risk of burning your house down.
I am sorry. I even snuck it in at the end so that it wouldn’t freak you out right at the beginning. But greenery comes from outside. So do spiders and all sorts of other creepy crawlers. If you live somewhere much colder, the bugs might be dead by Christmas time. If you live in a warmer climate, make sure to shake of the branches outside, and then I like to brush them off with a stiff bristle once I get inside. I would rather squish something with 8 legs in the bathtub instead of finding it Christmas morning in my stocking.
What are your favourite ways to decorate with fresh greenery? Do you have any tips on how to use it best? Let me know in the comments!
Merry Christmas everyone!