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All Natural Holiday Decorations

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

PomanderPomanders

These traditional decorations for the holiday season smell and look wonderful. They can also be hung all winter long! This can be an intricate decoration or something simple and fun to do with the kids.

You will need:

Firm, healthy lemons, limes, or oranges (or all three!)
Toothpicks
Cloves
Rubber bands
Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and orris root powder

First you will want to mix the powders together in a bowl. Use a tablespoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove and then a pinch of orris root powder. Add more if need based on these proportions.

Then place the rubber bands on the fruit where the ribbon (if you are hanging the fruit) will go. The fruit will shrink considerably but the part will be visible. Now use toothpicks to poke holes in whatever pattern you like then place cloves in the holes. When the fruit is covered place some of the powder onto a large plate. Place the fruit on top and roll each piece all over the plate. You can also sprinkle powder on top of the fruits for an even coating. Repeat the coating process for several days until the fruit is dry and lightweight. Then it is ready to hang or become a beautiful part of your potpourri!

Garland

Garlands are always beautiful. Making your own for your home can add warmth and color as well as beautiful complex scents. A bay leaf garland is simple, inexpensive, and can be used for many years (if cared for properly).

You will need:

Whole bay leaves (at least an ounce or two)
Dried fruit (I prefer apples and oranges but you can use whatever you like)
Cinnamon sticks (about an ounce)
Cardamom pods (a few will do)
Rose hips (an ounce)
Star anise (an ounce)
Dried ginger slices (an ounce)
Allspice (an ounce)
Hemp twine
A tapestry needle
Ribbon

First soak the cinnamon, cardamom and rosehips before stringing. You will also want to soak the star anise but for a shorter amount of time. Do this is room temperature water.

Thread the needle and begin stringing the herbs, fruit and herbs in a pattern you like. Do this until the twine is full and secure the ends with a strong loop knot and decorate with a ribbon bow. Hang wherever you like. I like to put it above doorframes and archways.

These are just two ides. Feel free to experiment with your holiday decorations. With plenty of patience and a little creativity you can make your home festive and beautiful.

Sources: http://theessentialherbal.blogspot.com/2009/11/pomanders.html
http://theessentialherbal.blogspot.com/2012/12/bay-leaf-garlands.html

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com