I’ve really REALLY been craving things that are fresh and green and alive and beautiful lately. It could have something to do with the 2.5 seconds of sunshine we’re getting each day, or the grey-brown color of the world in general right now. I know everything will be bursting into green within 2-3 weeks, but why not help it along a little?
Can you guess what these bright green “grass clippings” are really made out of?
Here’s how I did it!
First of all, you want to go clip a few types of evergreen and do a little experimenting. You want the one that loses its needles at the drop of a hat. Completely opposite from what you want at Christmastime. You can guess how I found out which type of tree in our yard is right for this job. My house was a bit of a mess in December wherever I used this particular type of greenery. It was worth it though!
I left these boughs upside down in the metal bucket for about a week to dry out inside.
When the week was up, I shook the boughs and most of the needles fell off right into the bucket. Quite a few fell out onto the floor too, but I just swept them up and added them to my easter decor using a clear tea light holder and a clear pedestal vase!
That’s really all it takes to bring a little fresh green Springyness into your world! They really keep their color too. I had quite a big bag full of pine needles that I’d saved from cleaning up in January and they were still as green as can be!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.