Regular readers will know I love to forage: introducing seasonal, free fare into my baking and cooking is a passion of mine. I also love foraged decorations for the household, and Christmas is my favourite time to incorporate seasonal greenery. Found and foraged larch, fir and holly all adorn my mantle at the moment, and as long as you source responsibly, they add a simple and sustainable touch to your Christmas decor. I also like to use natural elements into my festive DIYs, such as my foraged Christmas wreath last year. Today I’m sharing the third of my seasonal crafting posts in collaboration with John Lewis Edinburgh, the easiest yet: DIY foraged Christmas baubles.
The Create Christmas premium glass baubles make this DIY an absolute cinch, and can be updated and reused – perfect for the thrifty and time-poor crafter. The trend for clear baubles shows no signs of abating and you could fill them with whatever takes your fancy. This year I went the natural, Scandic-minimal route, but you could fill them with glitter, miniature pom-poms – anything! The baubles themselves are high quality and allow their contents to sing.
All I did was choose objects that would fit through the opening, such as these white feathers (from JL), curled round the bottom of the bauble and trimmed to fit. I also went for miniature pine cones (from last year’s haul) and a small piece of fir, pinching the needles together to place it inside after removing the metal hook. To re-fit it, pinch together the metal prongs and pop back inside.
Then all I did was attach a sparkly ribbon round the top – making the large bow part of my design – but you could always use some more subtle twine or similar.
My DIY Foraged Christmas Baubles are now adorning our tree, but I couldn’t resist a little festive faffing too, making a wee display on our mantle with some foraged larch branches.
Lit from behind, the baubles sparkle beautifully and their foraged innards cast some lovely shadows. The best thing about these baubles is I can update them year on year – just use tweezers to remove the contents! I’m already thinking about what I want to put in them next year… Answers on a postcard!
Crafting equipment c/o John Lewis Edinburgh, plus vintage props. All love of thrifty crafting entirely my own!