Christmastime here in New Hampshire often looks like a Hallmark movie; beautiful old New England home blanketed in snow, glistening lights adorning homes as you drive by at night,and community tree lighting ceremonies to welcome the season.
I look forward to dragging out the garlands and lights every year and decorating my outdoor space. It’s so much fun and puts me in the holiday spirit! I never quite know exactly what the end product is going to look like and just go with the flow.
I’m lucky enough to have an amazing array of evergreens and pine cones available out my back door. I trek out with a big bucket and clippers to collect fresh greens to use in my decorating. I like to use prelit garlands because of their shape and durability but I insert boughs of fresh greens throughout to make it look like it is fresh.
I made a couple quick decorations for my garage entrance. I used a variety of green boughs and then some fresh red berries, I finished off both displays by attaching pine cones with floral wire to hold them in place. Just wrap the base of the pine cone a few times with the wire and then attach it to a piece of the pine bough.
As you can see I simply added pieces of the fresh greens throughout my faux garland. I attach the garland to the railings first, then fluff and arrange it. After, I go back and pop in the fresh greens.
TIP: If you don’t have access to fresh greens in your backyard you can buy a premade fresh pine rope at your home improvement store and wrap it with a prelit garland to create a more real and full look.
I scored the old milk porch cooler and antique watering can at a flea market (Todd Farm in Rowley, Ma.) for a few dollars; I ended up getting the watering can for only $2 because I think the guy was sick of me!! The sled was a yard sale score for $5.
The BELIEVE sign is an easy DIY. I bought a precut 4 ft board at Lowe’s and a pack of letter stencils at Walmart along with red and white acrylic paint. Paint the board with a couple coats of the red paint and after it dries trace the letters on the board with a pencil and fill in with the white paint. I did white paint on the edges of the sign as well.
On the other side of the door I used an old soda crate as a base for a tall nordic tree and a little wooden sleigh.
Right after I had finished decorating the snow started to fall and made everything look so beautiful!