How to make large Christmas baubles from the garden
These baubles, made from natural materials gathered from the garden, look lovely hanging off the Christmas tree or from the mantelpiece, but are super easy to make by following our simple steps. Photography Jason Ingram. Styling by Kristy Ramage
How to make garden baubles for Christmas
LEFT: Moss and old man’s beard on chicken wire
- 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.
Summer sale! 3 issues for £5
Try 3 issues of Gardens Illustrated today for just £5. Subscribe today and enjoy beautiful places, top planting ideas and expert advice for your garden. *Offer ends 1st July 2022. This offer is only available to UK residents paying by Direct Debit
Container Gardening Special Edition
The Gardens Illustrated Guide to Container Gardening. In this special edition, discover colourful flower combinations and seasonal planting schemes for pots designed by leading plantspeople, and essential know-how for container gardening success. Just £9.99 inc UK p&p
Gardens of the Globe
Discover some of the most glorious gardens from around the world.Find out more