Christmas time is my favourite. It's my favourite thing ever! And last year I wanted to do something a bit different, and I'd had an idea to work dried flowers into decorating the tree, but I wasn't sure if it would work/how it would look, as I'd never actually seen in done before.
One night, my husband fell asleep super early while we were watching a movie. We'd picked up our Christmas tree that day (we get real ones every year now). We spent Christmas in a beautiful cabin in upstate New York a few years back and had the whole white christmas/pick your own tree experience (and life was complete). Since then, I can never go back to artificial trees. For those who have had real trees you know what I'm talking about when I mention the smell. Ohhhhhh that smell of pine first thing in the morning, there's nothing like it! This year, we have finally renovated our downstairs living area, and I'm SO EXCITED to report that we have a mantle/fireplace to hang our stockings. I feel like I've been waiting for this my whole life lol. The christmas tree will go next to that this year, and I simply cannot wait.
Anyway, back to the night I decorated my christmas tree with dried flowers. I'd been drying flowers for months, and I finally felt like I may have just enough to decorate the entire tree. I put Taylor Swift's Christmas collection on my iPod, and I had the best little night, dancing and bopping around the tree, singing christmas carols, and poking flowers in any little nook I could find. It's that simple. I didn't do anything super crafty or fancy to get them to stay in there, I just placed them amongst the pine bristles and it worked perfectly. Can I also just mention the other amazing thing about having a real tree and decorating it with dried flowers. When Christmas is over, you just throw the whole thing away. SO SATISFYING. I find that packing up when Christmas is over, is one of the most depressing things in life! It's like cleaning up the morning after a party. Sad and boring. This way, you avoid the whole thing! No packaging delicate ornaments back into boxes, disassembling the tree and cleaning up tinsel (that stuff is the devil by the way, and will never appear on any Christmas tree of mine).
Now, to the question I get asked all the time!
HOW DO YOU DRY FLOWERS?
It's actually very simple, you just hang them upside down! In saying that, I do have some little tips that will help make them look amazing.
* Hang them up pretty much straight away, don't let them sit in a vase with water for too long. 1-2 days max, and while they're still vibrant, start drying them.
* If you try and dry out flowers that are a bit lacklustre, then that's exactly what you'll end up with once they're dried.
* Try and use flowers that hold their shape and aren't too flimsy. Some of my favourites are: roses, peonies, natives (these look amazing dried!) protea, marigold, lavender, statice, spray flowers, baby's breath and celosia. These are all that come to mind right now, as I think of more I'll add them to the list.
* Keep them out of direct sunlight.
And that's about it! Another great idea is to head out to the countryside and gather some pretty wild flowers/pretty tall grass and dry some of them out.
I hope this helps you on your way. There's 12 weeks until December, so there's plenty of time to collect beautiful flowers for your glorious bohemian christmas tree. Happy drying!