The Crafted Garden, Stylish Projects Inspired by Nature Book Review

The Crafted Garden

The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley is a wonderful book for gardeners and crafters, offering 50 seasonal craft projects inspired by the gifts of nature with easy to follow instructions and beautiful photography by Jason Ingram. The Crafted Garden encourages a connection with the seasons, bring the outside in and craft with natures ingredients such as seeds, flowers, sprigs and twigs and create beautiful ornaments and decorations for the home.

From twig and bark pots to edible dinner decorations, there’s a project to inspire everyone to enjoy and celebrate the beauty of nature from the garden and hedgerow. The book also offers great tips for seed saving, drying plants, flower pressing, preserving plants, forcing bulbs and the etiquette of foraging.

My personal favourite project is the foraged fairy, how sweet! I’m completely inspired to make these lovely little decorations for the garden and the house at Christmas time.

the crafted garden book

The Crafted Garden officially releases on 3rd September 2015, published by Frances Lincoln. I’m delighted to offer my readers the following discount code:

To order The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley at the discounted price of £13.99 including p&p* (RRP: £16.99), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG355. 
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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!