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5 Creative Ways to Decorate With Free Backyard Greenery

Thursday, November 5, 2020   /   by Frank Hornstein

5 Creative Ways to Decorate With Free Backyard Greenery









5 Creative Ways to Decorate With Free Backyard Greenery







Put your crafting abilities to the test and save some money in the process by putting free backyard greenery to work in your home's holiday decor.















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Like many things in life, the best Christmas decorations are free. From mini trees with a colorful twist to a wall hanging that's packed with handmade charm, we’ve filled this list with five fantastic ways to turn free greenery into charming holiday decor. So, what are you waiting for? Christmas is just around the corner!






Money-Saving Mini Trees










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Materials Needed







  • common juniper cuttings

  • wood rounds

  • acrylic paint

  • paint brush



  • awl

  • hot glue gun + sticks

  • pruning shears








You could spend a fortune on a forest of bottle brush trees or make some yourself with free juniper cuttings. This DIY utilizes craft wood rounds as the bases, but you can take the savings one step further by cutting your own bases from a tree branch. To assemble, start by painting the center of the wood rounds with your choice of acrylic paint (Image 1). Go for a solid look or get creative with patterns. Set the rounds to the side to dry and use pruning shears to prep your juniper cuttings. Once dry, use an awl to poke a hole in the center of the rounds, then coat the bottom of your cuttings with hot glue and press into the hole (Images 2-4). Hold the tree still until the glue hardens and get to decorating.











Tree-tastic Tassel










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Materials Needed







  • Eastern white pine needles

  • pruning shears



  • colorful embroidery floss

  • scissors








We think these evergreen tassels are the perfect addition to a beautifully wrapped Christmas present, but there really is no limit to how you could use them. To make them, start by trimming the needles off of an Eastern white pine branch (Image 1). Once you have a fair amount of needles, create a bundle and wrap one end with colorful embroidery floss until secure (Image 2). Tie off the embroidery floss, leaving a loop at the top as a means of hanging (Image 3). Once assembled, use scissors to trim off the excess and create a straight line across the bottom of the needles (Image 4). All that's left is to find your favorite use for these gorgeous tassels.











Tabletop Scrap Tree










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Materials Needed







  • cypress cuttings

  • white pine cuttings

  • pruning shears



  • bottom-heavy vases

  • floral wire

  • ornaments








Waste not, want not — turn leftover trimmed branches into tabletop trees. All you need to do is trim the limbs to fit in your chosen wide-based vase, then secure festive ornaments to the cuttings with floral wire. For this DIY, we recommend using white pine and floppy cypress cuttings. Keep these little cuties watered, and they’ll last about a month.










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Wallet-Friendly Wreath










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Materials Needed







  • Chinese privet cuttings

  • boxwood cuttings

  • pruning shears



  • floral wire

  • large gold wreath ring








To craft a minimalistic fresh wreath, all you have to buy is a gold wreath ring and some floral wire. The evergreen used for this DIY comes straight from your landscaping. We opted for Chinese privets and boxwoods, but these could be substituted with any evergreen that's readily available. Simply gather some trimmings and begin making bundles, securing each bunch with floral wire (Images 1 & 2). Attach the bundles to the bottom of a large wreath ring, working your way from the center upwards (Image 3). We stopped before the halfway point, but you could easily take this wreath all the way around.











Handmade Wall Hanging










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Materials Needed







  • Leland cypress cuttings

  • twine

  • sturdy branch



  • pruning shears

  • clear fishing line








This wall hanging is packed with a handmade flair that'll lend the fresh scent of evergreens to any room you hang it in. Best of all, this DIY utilizes only one material you actually have to pay for. To craft this delightful decoration, start by trimming Leland cypress branches into similarly sized small pieces (Image 1). Bundle three to four pieces together and tie off at the cut end using cotton twine (Image 2). Wrap the twine around several times to make a chunkier knot, then cut off the excess using scissors. To take this tree to the wall, hang a straight tree branch on the wall using cotton twine and begin connecting the bundles with clear fishing line (Images 3 & 4). As you attach them, layer each consecutive row to resemble a floating Christmas tree (Image 5). Just like that, you’ve created a wall hanging that'll wow your guests.















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Inexpensively add major wow factor to your windows and bring a smile to your neighbors' faces this holiday season with our easy-to-craft outdoor Christmas decorating ideas.











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One of the simplest ways to make a huge holiday statement is to deck out your home's windows. These budget-friendly decorating ideas use both recycled and low-cost items to create window decor that looks like a million bucks but costs next to nothing to craft.




Window Box Christmas Tree








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Materials Needed







  • window box planter

  • floral foam

  • water

  • plastic bin



  • foraged greenery

  • battery-powered outdoor lights

  • outdoor ornaments

  • floral wire






If your home is already outfitted with window boxes, you’re in luck. You can easily overhaul your planters for Christmas with a few simple items. To begin, remove any old plants. Stack a few blocks of soaked floral foam in the window boxes, keeping the blocks below the top lip of the box (Images 1 & 2). Next, poke foraged greenery into the floral foam in a layered manner that spills over the side of the box (Image 3). Tuck battery-powered outdoor lights into the greenery and finish off the Christmas window box by placing a few shatterproof outdoor ornaments on top and securing with floral wire (Images 4 & 5). Just like that, you’ve created a window box Christmas display the whole neighborhood can enjoy.







Coffee Stirrer Stars








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Materials Needed







  • coffee stirrers

  • hot glue gun + sticks

  • metallic gold spray paint



  • thin ribbon

  • appropriate mounting hardware






These minimalistic stars are loaded with Scandinavian charm that will fit right in with your existing Christmas decorations. The slender silhouette they cast in the light of the window will beautify your house both inside and out. To make, simply hot glue four wooden coffee stirrers together at their centers to create a shape similar to an asterisk. Next, glue stir sticks on each tip at an angle, joining in a "V" shape with the stir stick next to it to create a point (Image 1). The end result will be a star with eight points (Image 2). Once the glue has set, place the star on a protected surface, spray with gold metallic spray paint and let dry (Image 3). To hang the stars, simply knot ribbon through one of the star's points (Image 4). Finally, add suction cup hooks, small nails or clear tape to fill your windows with falling stars. The choice is yours!







Snowy Paper Village








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Materials Needed







  • poster board

  • ruler

  • magic marker

  • scissors



  • craft knife

  • self-healing cutting mat

  • double-sided tape

  • white window paint pen






Many people’s favorite Christmas tradition is to set up the miniature Christmas village with family. While fun and oh-so-charming, these displays tend to take up a lot of precious real estate in the home. To get around this, we’ve thought up an easy and fun craft that makes use of the vertical space on your window. To create this adorable paper village, start by tracing Christmas trees and houses onto posterboard using a magic marker and a straight edge (Images 1 & 2). Cut out the shapes using scissors, but for windows and details, you may find it easier to place the posterboard on a protected surface and cut using a craft knife (Images 3 & 4). Once you’ve cut out your designs, place them across the bottom of your window using double-sided tape. Use a white window paint pen to fill the rest of the window in with dots of snow, then step back and enjoy your work (Image 5). The glow from your interior lights around the village makes for a can’t-miss visual on the exterior of your home.







Pro Tip: Feel free to exercise as much creativity as you like, but keep in mind the amount of cutting you’ll want to do. For these silhouettes, the simpler the shape the better.




















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