Last year I bought a beautiful evergreen garland to hang in our entryway.
I draped it around the doorway between the entryway and kitchen, and walking under it reminded me of walking through the field of pine trees my dad planted at my childhood home. The garland had that amazing freshcut evergreen aroma; it looked beautiful and I absolutely loved it …
… for about two days.
After 48 hours passed, I was smacking myself for wasting money on it.
It started looking dried out, and every time someone passed by it, the dried pieces fell all over the floor.
Sweeping them up over an over again swept the holly jolly right out of me.
I decided to forgo buying another one this year, but last weekend I discovered I didn’t need to deprive myself of the look and scent of fresh pine that I love so much.
I was wandering through the Christmas tree lot at a local home improvement store and discovered a big bin full of all kinds of branch clippings the store had trimmed off of the trees they had for sale.
I hesitantly asked the nearest store employee if the branches were free.
He said they were and to help myself to all I wanted. I had to contain myself to keep from skipping out of the store.
Oh, happy evergreen day!
I loaded my arms with branches and couldn’t wait to do some Christmas decorating with them.
I love to tuck clippings everywhere, and I could tuck to my heart’s content now!
I filled up a few of my ironstone pitchers with them, but couldn’t decide where to put them.
At first I thought I’d just use them as a table centerpiece, but I got another idea.
I have three antique platters hanging on a wall in my kitchen. I adore them, but I don’t love the electric outlet that’s below them, so I’m always looking for a way to hide it.
Last year I added boxwood wreaths to the platters and hid the outlet behind a lantern.
This year I bought wood letters, painted them red, and used foam adhesive dots (affiliate link) to stick them on the platters.
I lined the pitchers on the counter below the plates, and it looks so fresh and festive. The water in the pitchers will keep the cuttings fresh longer.
I didn’t want to waste any branches, so I pulled out another antique platter, spray-painted some pine cones, and made a quick display for a candle.
You can’t beat the free price tag for my evergreen branches, and there’s nothing you could find in a store that’s prettier!