DIY Pine Greenery

Our exterior was seriously lacking the Christmas spirit that shines inside. I’ve been a little stumped as far as how I wanted to decorate outside.

Took a quick pic then made a loose game plan involving up to 15 window wreaths plus a wreath and garland around the front door. Sounded expensive.

BEFORE going shopping I had an epiphany to explore our natural resources. Hello, pine forest.

{in Florida my go to garland source was my magnolia tree}

Headed out to the pines with our large clippers.

Made a pile of my fresh loot then gathered floral wire, scissors and jute.

I made window sill swags in about 5 minutes. The bay window sills are 5 feet long. I trimmed clippings to about 3 feet then placed half facing left and half facing to the right. I overlapped the branches and wired them together with floral wire.

We ran wire under the screen to secure the swag to the window sill. That was a 2 person job.

I measured around the front door – both sides and across the top- then cut a 20 foot piece. I found the center and wired branches to the jute. I oriented them to the left of center and to the right wiring branches to the jute until I reached the ends.

Hung the garland to check length. I also made a wire loop over the light fixture to hang a layered mix of greens. Now we have a fresh green overload at the front entry.

Picked up a few spools of red ribbon at Walmart to break up all the green.

I used some around my urns and on the light fixture sprays but I can’t decide if I like it.

Subtracted the red ribbon under the lights for another picture. Not sure what I’ll end up with but in the big scheme of life this is not a biggie.

Added a bow to the fresh greens on the 2 bay window sills.

Adding all of this fresh greenery was completely free. I used our natural resources, ribbon from my stash plus $3.98 for the new spool. Not bad, huh? Totally worth the sappy fingers😁

I still need to track down wreaths for the windows and front door. Overall, I’m happy with today’s progress for the entry.

Happy holidays y’all~


About Laurel Dane Designs, LLC

Making our final house into a home one room at a time. This is our 11th and final home so it is unique. Every detail in this home is aimed at creating our FOREVER home. I've worked on many of my homes and clients homes so theres plenty of inspirational for all home styles here!

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