When putting up the decorations and choosing how to display everything just right, why not consider going a little more natural this year? There are many shops in the Oklahoma City area that sell natural trees and wreaths and there are many ways to decorate using all natural materials.
If hung up now, a pine garland will last until the New Year and shouldn’t require much maintenance. A natural tree will need to be watered and a few needles swept occasionally, but will be ready to decorate without having to sort branches by size. You will also be spared the reshaping that artificial trees require after being crammed in a box in the attic.
There are several Christmas tree farms in the metro that sell trees, wreaths, garlands and door boughs. In the Edmond area, visit Sorghum Mill Christmas Trees or Coffee Creek Christmas Tree Farm; W6 Pines is located in Choctaw and All Pine Christmas Tree Farms is in Yukon. For locations and times as well as other Christmas tree farms, visit the Oklahoma agritourism site or the Christmas tree farm network.
If you’d rather shop a little closer to home, check out the farmer’s markets and local nurseries. Pam’s and J& M Bedding Plants are both located at the Oklahoma City Farmer’s Market and sell Christmas trees and other seasonal items. The Boys Scouts of America also sell Christmas trees in several locations around the metro. In Del City, there is a tree lot near SE 29th and Sunnylane.
Larger home and garden centers, such as Lowe’s and Home Depot also carry natural garlands and wreaths. These are found outside in the plant area, not in the Christmas decoration section.
Natural decorations aren’t limited to evergreen garlands, trees and wreaths.
- String popcorn and dried cranberries together to make a festive garland. This can be used to decorate the Christmas tree or can be hung outside for the critters to enjoy.
- Slice and dry several apples and oranges and make a wreath using a wire coat hanger. Bend the wire into a circle and lace it through the center of the slices. Add cinnamon sticks and raffia as a garnish.
- Create a pomander by decorating an orange with whole cloves. Use a fork or skewer to poke holes and then insert a clove into each hole. The pomander will last longer if the entire surface is covered in cloves. To hang, tie a ribbon around the middle of the pomander.
- Make mini wreaths from cranberries and display these on the tree.
- Pinecones can be placed in baskets, tied to wreaths and suspended from ribbon.
- Collect small twigs and form them into hearts, stars and wreath shapes. Use raffia or twine to secure them.
- Hang orange slices from ribbon and display them on the tree
- Walnuts, almonds and seedpods can be hung individually or tied together to create ornaments.