Each year our garden club does a nature themed Christmas tree for the local courthouse and library. This year we used pine cones, dried hydrangea blooms, wisteria pods, crepe myrtle seed pods and pods from the Paulowina tree...all sprayed silver and tied with silver bows......then we used assorted cardinals for color. I thought it turned out beautifully and wanted to share. Amazing what a couple of creative people can come up with.....(not me), I just followed directions
Hope you enjoy looking!
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This Christmas fanatic thinks your tree is stunning! So well done!
"Bloom where you are planted."
Beautiful. How did you dry the hydrangeas? Did you have to dry the pods before you painted them?
Very pretty! TFS Gives me some inspiration!
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So nicely done!!!
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Soooo darn pretty!Love it!
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Thanks ladies - I loved this tree....one year we collected leaves and sprayed them...that one was pretty too, and one year we made ornaments from walnut hulls, gourds, dried queen annes lace and other ornamental looking weeds, okra pods, etc. This one is so pretty in person, I think it's my favorite.
Still trying - you dry the hydrangea blooms by cutting them off and standing in a jar, or by hanging upside down...takes awhile. They will be brown when dry...and are very fragile, so you have to handle them carefully. The pods all need to be dry, but by this time of the year, most everything is dry enough to spray paint. My contribution was some pine cones and some of the paulownia pods. Who'd have thunk they would have turned out so beautifully...the slightly open pods look like silver bells.
So glad y'all like the decorations.
Oh yes, it is beautiful. You follow directions, well, ve.
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That is absolutely lovely. Very creative and attractive.
I love it!! You did good!!! Thanks for sharing with us and the great idea.
Oh, that's so pretty!! Wanna come do mine, now?
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Oh my goodness, how pretty is that!!! I love it. Some people are really amazingly creative. I love the ribbons and Cardinals as well. I wish they were "outdoor" Cardinals. I'd hang some on the top of my shrubs. Well done!!!
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Very nice and creative!
Wow - Very nice.
beautiful. almost makes me want one.
You gals did an amazing job! Just gorgeous!
Dang, your going to make me have to go to work & do some stuff!
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Nice work. Very festive!
Maybe we should create a new thread where we ALL share photos of our Christmas trees (for those of us who celebrate)! Thoughts? What other natural elements have you all used to adorn your tree?
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Hi Mallory - I like your idea. I have already used a honeysuckle wreath decorated with natural materials.......I'm thinking of doing one for my mailbox. If I do, then will take pictures and share. Hopefully others will jump onto the thread and share.
Thank you for answering my questions. You do follow directions well. I hope you don't mind if I say I think you must of had some creative influence on this project.
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