December is here and it's time to think about decorating for the holidays ahead. Today I am sharing a simple, cheerful little project: jingle berry branches.
To make my faux berry branches you need:
• some very fine wire
• red jingle bells
• wire cutters
• some bare branches (from your garden or foraged respectfully)
• blue ribbon for a bow (optional)
Cut short lengths of wire and pass one end of the wire through the bell loop.
Twist the wire on your bell closed.
Arrange the branches a pitcher or vase of your choice. This will make it easier to
determine where to place your "berries".
Loop the wire around the branches a couple of times and snip off any excess. Press any sharp ends of the wire inward with your thumb nail, so you don't end up with thorny berry branches.
I couldn't resist adding a few little bluebirds when I was done.
And there you have it! Festive berry branches that jingle.
I also made an evergreen version.
To make the evergreen arrangement you need:
• assorted evergreen boughs (from your garden, foraged respectfully or purchased from the store)
• red dogwood branches
• red and gold jingle bells
• wire cutters
• very fine wire
• pine cones
• low heat glue gun & glue sticks
• shish kabob skewers
• faux red berry branches
• red ribbon for a bow (optional)
Fill your the pitcher or vase with fresh water and arrange your evergreen boughs. (Tips: Try to strip away any evergreen needles that will be sitting below the surface of the water. This will help the water stay fresher longer. Cedar and pine branches spill nicely, while fur boughs add an upright element to the arrangement.)
Insert the red dogwood branches, which can be cut from the garden or bought from a florist or store.
Add pinecone pics to the arrangement. (These can be pricey to purchase, so I make my own.)
How to make the pinecone pics:
Create snow by brushing some white latex paint on the tips of your pinecones.
Set aside and allow to dry.
The wooden sticks are just shish kabob skewers purchased at the Dollar Store.
Put a generous blob of hot glue at the bottom centre of your pinecone. Take a shish kabob skewer and twirl it in the blob of hot glue to coat the end of the stick. Shift the stick into its proper upright position and hold it for a minute until the glue sets.
Use fine wire to tie the red "berry" bells to the evergreen bows. Use the same wire to tie gold jingle bells to the dogwood branches. (Note: These bells were one size up from the bells I used to create the previous jingle berry arrangement.)
Finally add some faux or real berry branches to the arrangement for that extra bit of holiday cheer.
Keep the water in your pitcher or vase fresh and the arrangement should last for a couple of weeks.
If you have a minute, check out the DIY holiday ornaments on my home page.