How to Use Garden Plants for Home Decor Projects – Bob Vila

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Your garden is the perfect source for botanical decor. Not only does it give you an edible bounty, colorful foliage and flowers, and a plethora of delicious scents, it can be a go-to source for free decorating supplies. If you’re looking for ways to maximize the beautiful flowers and abundant herbs and vegetables in the garden now, read on for some easy decorative items you can DIY right from the garden.

Home Decor Ideas - Rosemary Wreath

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Natural wreath

Fresh herbs, flowers and leaves are great for making wreaths. With just a straw wreath shape and floral U-pins, this project is super easy to put together. Use large leaves from evergreen trees or shrubs for the base of the wreath. Then, layer smaller foliage from herbs such as sage, rosemary, and oregano.

Finally, finish the design with showy or dried flowers. Hydrangeas left to dry on the plant are great for wreaths because they won’t wilt. Other dried plants, seed heads and pods, or even dehydrated chili peppers from the garden make nice garnishes.

Spray the crown with water daily to help keep it looking fresh. When the foliage and flowers start to wilt, loosen them and throw them in the compost heap. The straw shape and U pins are reusable – swap foliage and flowers throughout the season.

Decorating ideas for the home - Filled garland

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Garden garland

Garlands look great on coats, as table runners, or just about anywhere you need a touch of green. Gather greenery such as grasses and foliage from trees and shrubs first and secure each bundle with green rubber band or floral thread. For color, use dried flower heads or fresh flowers and group them together as well.

Cut some jute or cotton twine and lay it on a table. Do it longer than you think, it’s easier to trim the excess length. Leave a 6-inch piece of string at each end. Add a bunch of greenery starting at one end. Secure it to the string with floral thread.

Then add the bunch of flowers, followed by a bunch of greenery. Alternate the bundles as you move towards the end of the twine. Spray the garland with water daily to give it a fresh look.

Home decor ideas - Centerpiece made with vegetables, tomatoes and herbs

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Edible arrangements

Use your exceptional crops to add a splash of color to a centerpiece. Tomatoes, squash, and peppers make pretty focal points in an arrangement. They add lots of color and offer fun textures that will make your centerpiece stand out.

Place the fruit or vegetable in a bowl or shallow dish in groups of three or five. Fill the spaces with herbs and other edible foliage such as squash leaves, lettuce, or kale. Once your event is over, you can gift the arrangement to a guest or donate it to a food bank.

Home Decor Ideas - Christmas Decorations - Okra Made Into Santa Claus Ornaments

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Holiday ornaments

Dried squash isn’t the only vegetable you can turn into holiday ornaments. Any plant that forms a pod, like okra, is perfect for home decorating. Okra is a fast growing plant that produces edible pods that dry quickly on the plant. Let a few grow and harvest them at the end of the season. You will have to wait until they are completely dry and no longer green.

When dry, paint the lower half and end of the rod red. Glue cotton at the base of the ends of the stems to form a hat. Paint a cheerful face on it and use cotton to make a beard. Drill a small hole through the end of the rod and thread a piece of string for the hanger. These Okra Santa Claus are fun crafts for kids and adults alike.

Home Decor Ideas - Hanging Herb Swag

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Herbal Booty

Door garlands are a snap to assemble and add a beautiful decorative element to any door in your home. Using herbs to loot gives it a dual purpose. Once the herbs are dry, you can remove what you need for your next recipe or store them in an airtight container for later use.

To make the booty, wrap your favorite herbs. Make each bundle about double the size you want it to be on the loot – the herbs will lose bulk as they dry. Secure the stems with a rubber band, wrap them with twine and tie them, leaving a few inches of twine at each end. Tie the ends together to form a loop and hang it on your door.

Home Decor Ideas - DIY Napkin Rings Wreath

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Place card crown

Place cards add a personal touch and let your guests know they are welcome at your table. Use a mini vine wreath as the base and place a cup of herbs or flowers in the vines. Tie a business card on the crown, if desired. Swap the cuts throughout the season. You can also attach the mini wreaths on the gifts as a finishing touch.

You can also use this method on a larger vine wreath shape. Place the large wreath in the middle of the table as a centerpiece.

Debbie Wolfe is the author of Do-it-yourself garden projects and crafts and Making with herbs.

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