How to make garden baubles for Christmas

Natural Christmas decorations

LEFT: Moss and old man’s beard on chicken wire

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  • Cut chicken wire to 12cm x 20cm and form a cylinder.
  • Crush the top and bottom inwards to form a ball of about 8cm diameter.
  • Using pliers pull out and twist a loop for a ribbon.
  • Cover with damp moss.
  • Secure with florist’s stub wire bent like hair pins.
  • Secure the stems of the seed heads into the moss with wire.

MIDDLE: Nigella seed heads on wire (360mm x 1.2mm)

  • Take two 36cm pieces of stub wire and wrap them around a jar to form two rings.
  • Thread the Nigella on to one, then thread the second ring through the bottom seed head at 90 degrees.
  • Add seed heads either side of the fixed bottom one and twist the ends of the wire together to make a loop for the ribbon.
  • Seedheads from love-in-a-mist, as <em>Nigella</em> is commonly known, can also be used to make a Christmas garland.

RIGHT: Crab apple and rosemary on wire (360mm x 1.2mm)

  • Make as bauble 2, but thread with alternating crab apples and rosemary, having first pierced them with an awl or compass point.
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Visit our Christmas hub for more handmade Christmas decoration ideas including wreaths and garlands.

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