Emily has set about decorating the barn for the fall season by using her skills of flower arranging and her knowledge of basket weaving to create some lovely autumn decor. But first things first, you need to gather the needed materials:
Young willow and alder branches are the best for bending, and can easily be made into shapes for use in baskets, wreaths, and trellises.
And don’t forget to keep an eye out for interesting things along the way. Pieces of nature, like these little alder cones, can be used in decorating your finished products!
After gathering your branches, they’ll need to be cleared of all leaves and tiny twigs to allow for easy weaving.
Once you’ve gathered and cleaned your sticks and branches, its now time to start creating!
Emily used a thick branch, with a fork in it, and shapes it to be a heart. The bottoms she firmly keeps in place with a little bit of wire, then she carefully intertwines other branches throughout this base until she is satisfied with the look of it.
Cedar was secretly chewing on Emily’s sticks, but when confronted, she acted like she hadn’t been doing anything at all! Such a sneaky puppy. . .
And now the best part: decorating!
Emily wires flowers, pinecones and other fall plant life together in bundles. Once several are finished she carefully attaches them to her newly made creations. All that’s left to do is to hang and admire!
The Barn now looks ready to greet the fall season!
But of course with the wreaths she made, there was bound to be one left over. That one found its way onto the main house:
But what did Cedar think of all this fall decorating?
She thought it was time for a new hairstyle. . .
Rebecca Brand said:
I went to Bible College with your parents. They were a beautiful couple! Looks like you and your lovely wife are going to carry on that same standard. I love your Fall Decorations.