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Making Simple Festive Table Decorations

make a Christmas table centre

Making these simple covered jars is very easy - and they look great at any time of the year. I used to make them for weddings, covering jam jars with twigs to give a pretty rustic look without spending a lot of cash - some would be filled with flowers, some with a floating candle or tea light.

You need

  • Jam jar
  • Waterproof blutac
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ribbon

what you need

Method

Measure a piece of waterproof blutac to go round the jar and cut it in half along the length so that you have 2 strips.

Put thees around the jar and squish well.

put on blutac

Cut or snap your cinnamon sticks to length - uneven heights look great so don't worry if they aren't exact.

Carefully squish them into the waterproof blutac - keep the bottom of the sticks level by putting the jar on a table to check.

put cinnamon sticks onto jar

Work your way right round the jar

Then cut the ribbon long enough to wrap around the cinnamon sticks and tie into a bow. You can also wrap twine round and round for a more rustic look.

put ribbon round jar

Ring the changes with birch or dogwood twigs and add flowers.

birch twig table centre

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My Friday letter today is about trying to balance gardening and guardianship here - and about why I registered the land here as an ARK (Acts of Restorative Kindness) as a formal commitment.⁠⁠
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It is also about why I need the kitchen garden and community garden as an outlet for my obsessive growing of seedlings . . . .⁠⁠
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Smoking chimney and fireweed with a halo of haws - November studio.⁠⁠
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Teasel is the boss of the house. ⁠⁠
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I said that I was looking for a scruffy, badly behaved, short legged dog, and that is exactly what I found.⁠⁠
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He stamps in temper when I won't let him do whatever it is he has been stopped from doing.  He runs around manically, he torments poor patient Dixie until she plays and then, exhausted, he crawls up onto my knee for a cuddle and that wonderful soft puppy shudder of contentment.⁠⁠
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It has been weirdly warm.⁠⁠
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Poppies and cornflowers are trying to bloom raggedly in the meadow and outside our bedroom window this rose has come to life again with heavy perfumed flowers.⁠⁠
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They seem smaller and deeper in colour than they were in June.⁠⁠
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Is anyone else finding unseasonal blooms at the moment?

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One of things I chatted with @eva_nemeth about in Yorkshire a few weeks ago was mess and light.⁠⁠
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I said that I wanted to be able to show beauty without worrying about tidying up around it. Life is messy, time is short . . . .⁠⁠
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Eva said that all I needed to do was look for the light and the mess would be transformed.⁠⁠
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She was right, this was the kitchen a couple of mornings ago, coffee on the stove, light hitting the washing up and defrosting milk.⁠⁠
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Everyday beauty.

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A couple of weeks ago I tried, and failed, to convince a friend that dahlias are often at their best when part frosted and on the way out.⁠⁠
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I think it may be that we are not in the mood for more melancholy. It is difficult to embrace the cosy slide into darkness when, for many, there hasn't been much light.

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At this time of year half is bright autumn leaves, half bare imploring branches. 

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