Natural Christmas decorations

Lichen-covered branch with crab apple baubles

In damp places you'll find branches of trees covered with the most magnificent lichen. At Christmas a branch like this, decorated with baubles and ribbon adds a natural touch.

Materials

  • 1 found branch
  • Galvanised bucket with stones and chippings
  • Crab apples (these are from Malus ‘Evereste’)
  • Florist’s stub wire
  • Ribbon cut to 26cm with diagonal ends
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To make

Secure the branch in the bucket with rocks. Pour on chippings. Trim the branch to the best shape. Use wire cutters to cut a pile of 6-7cm lengths of florist’s stub wire. Make a small ring on one end. Push the other end through the base of the crab apple. Form another bigger ring and thread the ribbon, tying a loop. Hang the ribbon from the branch.

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Styling by Kristy Ramage.