Turn Your Garden into A Winter Wonderland This Christmas
12.10.2018 in News
Usually during the Christmas period, we like to bring greenery inside our homes; we put up holly wreaths, we hang decorations and most importantly we put up a Christmas tree, complete with Christmas lights! We love to take inspiration from our gardens to spruce up our homes over the festive season but decorating the garden itself can sometimes prove to be a bit more challenging so here are a few ways you can turn your garden into a winter wonderland this Christmas.
The Front Door
Your front door may not be a part of your garden, but it’s just as easy and fun to decorate the entrance to your home. The most popular Christmas decoration to hang on your front door is a holly wreath and they’re a beautiful classic complement to almost any coloured door.
If you were looking for something a little bit different this Christmas, then you may want to try out one of these ideas:
So many old Christmas cards get either thrown away or put in a box in a cupboard somewhere never to see the light of day again. Why not turn them into a beautiful and festive decorative upcycled wreath that you can use time and time again.
You can purchase bare wreath rings online and get as creative as you like by building your own! You could use artificial flowers, ribbons, tinsel, bits and bobs you’ve found in the garden or just whatever you feel like to make the perfect Christmas wreath for your front door.
- Decorative Heaters
Most people cover up their furniture for the winter because they don’t want to sit outside in the cold. But a simple garden heater will give you something to cozy up to with friends and family as well as add a beautiful decorative element to your garden.
Faux Fur Throws
A stylish and modern way to get you garden furniture looking nice and cozy is to cover them with a faux fur blanket just before your guests come over for holiday festivities. They’ll add a warm, winter look to your garden and they’re something that you can use throughout the rest of the year once the Christmas period is over.
Blankets and heaters are great, but they won’t protect you and your guests from the snow! Gazebos not only provide excellent shelter throughout the Winter, they can also be a nice decorative feature in your garden. They’re great for hanging up garlands, lights and baubles.
The greenery in your garden is already a beautiful vibrant green colour which is perfect for Christmas, so they really don’t need much. Outdoor fairy lights are a perfect way to add some Christmas magic to your hedges, they’ll shine through the snow and will hold up well once the snow melts.
Tinsel has always been the decoration of choice for fences. It looks great, it’s cheap and its quick and easy to put up. However, if you were looking to try something more original for your fences then here are a couple of ideas;
Homemade Pinecone Decorations
You don’t have to spend lots of money to have beautiful Christmas decorations; is there a pine tree in your garden or local park? Simply take any old pine cone and cover the edges with a bit of clear or glittery nail polish. Once you’ve done that then all you need to do is attach a piece of looped ribbon or string so that you can hang it up to on the fence. Repeat 10 to 20 times for a magical look.
There are very few things as iconic as Santa’s red and white hat and propping these up on your fence will help your garden to ooze Christmas spirit, making it seem like Santa has stopped inside your house for a milk and cookie break.
Big Red Bows
Some big, bright red bows will make your home feel like it’s been all wrapped up just like a Christmas present! If you are using real ribbon, just make sure that you use a wide flat ribbon so that they will really stand out against the white snow and frost.
Ornaments and Figurines
Some of our lawns will be covered with a blanket of snow this Christmas, and sometimes that can be decorative enough. However, if you wanted to go the extra mile then light up lawn ornaments are a great way to go. There are so many different styles and figures about. From minimalistic penguin figurines to a life-size Santa sleigh with the reindeers and everything.
If you’re more of a minimalist but you still want to join in with the Christmas spirit, then ornamental candle lanterns are a great way to go. They’re small, inexpensive and they don’t use any electricity. You can also find a wide variety of different colours and designs.
The first thing that most people want to do when it snows is build a snowman, it’s a great family activity but it also is an eco-friendly and inexpensive way to add a decorative Christmas element to your garden.
Just like building a snowman, another fun activity for the whole family when it snows is to make snow angels! All you need to do is lie down face-up in the snow and draw your arms and legs through the snow and you will leave beautiful angel shaped prints on the
lawn in your garden – then hope it doesn’t snow straight after!
An Eco-Conscious Christmas
To so many, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year but sometimes we forget about how much goes to waste over the festive season. Here are a few tips that will help you be a little bit kinder to the planet this year.
The Christmas Tree
Contrary to popular belief, using a real christmas tree is actually more eco-friendly than using a fake one. If you’re using a real tree in your living room as your Christmas tree, a good idea to help reduce your environmental footprint over the festive season would be to take your tree out into the garden on boxing day and plant it there. That way you can preserve a beautiful Christmas tradition and the life of a tree.
Although, do not throw away old plastic trees, why not give away on a recycling page?
Whilst tinsel and ribbon are beautiful, they also last a long time once we have disposed of them. That’s why many of our ideas have revolved around using pine cones and other things that you can find in your garden because after the Christmas period you can simply leave them out in your garden until they naturally degrade.
Compost your wrapping paper
A lot of wrapping paper is used and thrown away over Christmas and most of us remember to throw it away in our recycling bins, but if you wanted to you could go a step further. If you receive a gift that’s wrapped in paper that doesn’t have that chemical glossy layer, then you can actually compost it. Just make sure you shred it before you add it to your compost heap.
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