Make a Yule Vase Arrangement

yule decorations

Yesterday I made a Yule vase arrangement using things I’d collected from the garden. I used bare twigs and small pieces of Fir and Spruce branches, I applied gold artist paint (from my craft box) to the twigs using a brush then rolled the twigs in glitter before the paint dried. I gave the cones a touch of sparkle too by painting the edges of the cones with PVA glue and sprinkling with glitter (all from my craft box). Make sure you cover your work surface with lots of newspaper for the glittering, otherwise you’ll be cleaning it up for weeks.

yule vase

This Yule arrangement was very simple to do and best of all it was free!

yule decoration ideas

The Fir, Pine and Spruce trees in our garden were planted many years ago by the previous owners, starting off as potted Christmas trees. Now they are huge specimen trees with interesting foliage and fruit (cones). They provide privacy in the garden, screen the Koi pond, create shade for our chickens and are home to many different species of wildlife.

pine cone

My arrangement is pretty simple (themed to go with other decorations in our dining room), experiment by arranging greenery and berries from the garden and perhaps try other colour schemes. There are many things that can be used such as dried flowers / fruit, seed heads, sections of evergreen shrubs, old favourites holly and ivy, twigs, ribbon, twine and raffia. Use glitter, artist paint or spray paint to add a touch of festive sparkle. Go foraging for things to use or ask a friend or neighbour. You can use any vase or container that you like, take a look at this lovely watering can arrangement by Lottie Land Girl and this pretty vintage teacup arrangement by The Dorset Finca for more inspiration.

Have fun creating and making!

Handmade Beads

owl beads and charm pendant

I started using polymer clay for the first time recently, I wanted to try my hand at making beads. Being naturally drawn to woodland and nature themes I made these beads and pendants. I have to say that I know some amazing polymer clay and ceramic clay artists and their work knocks spots off of my little creations, but I really enjoyed seeing what I could create and I had fun doing so.

owl pendant

bird bead

Each piece you see was formed by hand, if I make more than one of the same they’re all a little different. After baking hard there’s sanding to be done to make each piece smooth, then I applied artist paint to bring the pieces to life. I guess my style is a little rustic, I’m generally not one for perfection but neither is mother nature.