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DIY: creative ways to use fresh evergreen 

At White Fence Farm, we like to say that we are the perfect do-it-yourself venue. Naturally, we love to share our favorite seasonal DIY projects. The holiday season is in full swing. I’m sure you’ve already found the perfect Christmas tree. And chances are you’ve trimmed the tree, strung the lights, and added plenty of ornaments by now. If you find yourself wondering what to do with that extra evergreen, keep it! Don’t have any extra? I encourage you to make a trip to the nearest tree stand or farm, or head to your own backyard to gather fresh boughs. You’ve likely got more evergreen in your backyard than you realize. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite creative ways to use fresh evergreen, and if this list doesn’t motivate you to get into the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will! Enjoy these festive little DIY projects. 

A few of my favorite greens!

There are a few things you’ll need for almost all of these DIY projects. A good pair of utility shears is essential. Of course you’ll also need fresh evergreen for crafting, too. If you’ve trimmed your tree, keep that greenery. If you need a little more, head to your backyard. Look for Leyland Cypress, False Cypress, Fraser Fir, Giant Green Arborvitae, or Boxwood. Think outside of the box and opt for unique embellishments. Look for pine cones, feathers, magnolias, dried flowers or grasses.  

Wreath Making 

I’ve been known to make a wreath or two, holiday season or not. But I particularly love making fresh evergreen wreaths for Christmas. They last so long, and you can really get creative with the different types of greenery and textures that you incorporate. Head to your local craft store and grab a wreath form and some floral wire. That’s basically all that you need. Make little bundles out of your greenery and use the floral twine to bind them to the wreath form. Experiment with the size of your bundles to see what you like best for your wreath. Do not trim the floral wire, just loop it until it feels secure, layering your bundles until you’ve come full circle. Fluff your wreath at the end and you’re done! 


There’s a lot of flexibility if you’re choosing to make a holiday centerpiece. You can go all out, or you can keep it simple. Use fresh evergreen like a runner and lay it down throughout the center of your table. The more the better, make it look full. Throw a plaid tablecloth underneath, or add some small twinkle lights. If you’re not opting for a tablecloth or twinkle lights, add in a few fresh cut flowers here and there. We’re big fans of rich orange hues. I’ve seen some especially beautiful centerpieces that have even worked in seasonal fruits like pomegranate. 

Christmas Kissing Ball 

Okay, a Christmas kissing ball isn’t the hardest thing to make but it does require more tools and supplies than the other projects featured in this post. You’ll need a coat hanger, florist wire, a styrofoam globe, needle nose pliers, a wire cutter, and plant stakes. You’ll also need a variety of greens. I especially love incorporating a pop of red berries into this project, too. If you’ve already made a wreath and have leftover supplies, consider using them for this project. For step by step instructions, I recommend this article written by our friends over at The Spruce

Festive Gift Tags 

Save a few sprigs here and there and use them for gift tags. Pick up a set of tags and some festive red ribbon. Bind the bottom part of the sprig with ribbon and glue it down on the gift tag. Or incorporate sprigs of evergreen into your gift wrapping routine. Tuck a few bundles under the bows on your gifts for a fresh and festive look. 

Throw a few sprigs in a pretty glass or goblet. 

No matter your style, I’m sure you’ve got a pretty glass, vase, or goblet lying around. Spruce things up a bit and arrange a few whimsical looking pieces of greenery in a vase of your choosing. 

Share your creation.

If you choose to make any of these festive DIY projects, share your creation with us on Facebook or Instagram. We’d love to see it. Happy crafting!


Author: Megan Biddix