I know it’s not even close to Christmas (despite what Mountain Mama would have you thinking last week), but none-the-less there’s something Christmas related that has to be discussed this time of year: Christmas ornaments. Specifically ornaments made from flowers, because NOW is the time to be collecting your future Christmas Tree Baubles.
It’s the perfect ornament because it looks so much like a snow flake. And they’re beautiful! It blooms this time of year and can be found almost everywhere in the US and Canada. I happened to notice last week that it’s flowering in the Sierras, so I collected some.
Here’s how to make your ornament:
1. Take a hike.
2. Collect your flowers. Queen Anne’s Lace is the best option, but you can also tryÂ Cow Parsnip (beautiful nameÂ isn’tÂ it). Collect lots, they’re fragile so you’ll want to make plenty incase they meet anÂ untimelyÂ death.
3. Press them using a plant press, a phone book (since you don’t use phone books for anything else nowadays), or in between sheets of newspaper with books stacked on top.
4. Keep your flowers in the press until Christmas just to make sure they stay intact.
5. When it’s time to decorate your tree pull them out and wrap a piece of thread around one or two of the flowers. No glue needed, although I suppose you could try a dot of glue if you so desired.
6. Hang them on your tree away from small hands, and enjoy.
Heather says it’s likely they will only last you one season because their so fragile. But hey, then you have an excuse every summer to collect more!
What other natural objects do you use to decorate for the holidays?