Design & Decor - Crafts

Holiday decorating with nature

Christina Selby
Photography by
Roger Yip

Gather berries, cones and evergreen branches to create your own holiday magic.

At this most sociable time of the year, nothing says “welcome” quite like a beautifully dressed front entrance and home. By gathering berries, cones and evergreen branches from the garden (or your local florist), and adding fruit, flowers and candles, you can replicate many of the ideas shown here to create your own holiday magic.

1 Mellow yellows (shown above)
Osage oranges are mixed with yellow dogwood and oregonia, florist-speak for a small, variegated boxwood.


2 The front walkway

A row of red dogwood branches lines the path, while a cedar bower frames the entrance. Hanging baskets are filled with more cedar, as well as pine and willow branches.


3 Door detail

A fan of dogwoods highlights the curvy transom.


4 A holiday urn
A sleek metal container holds an arrangement of ornamental cabbage, cedar, pine cones, yellow amaranth and Italian pittosporum, a tender green best suited to indoor use.


5 A crown of roses
A rusty candelabra wears a sash of rose hips.


6 Ravishing reds
Cedar branches are the perfect foil for rosy pomegranates and dogwood branches, spiced up with osage oranges from the Maclura pomifera tree, which is native to central North America.


7 Light effects
Pomegranates and osage oranges were hollowed out and tea lights installed for this warm, inviting display.


8 White light
Snowy roses and gerbera daisies sparkle in this centrepiece; the smaller bouquets are just the right size for individual place settings.


9 Table talk
Hypericum (a.k.a. St. John's wort) berries, seeded eucalyptus and Cymbidium orchids provide the punctuation in this arrangement.


10 Soft ambience

A large candle in the centre of this arrangement of hydrangeas and roses adds a romantic glow.


11 Mantel makeover
Create a warm and inviting focal point for your mantel with an assortment of greens, flowers and berries.

Read Mantel magic for step-by-step instructions.


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