Each autumn we trim our Russian Sage, or Perovskia Atriplicifolia, nearly to the ground. We do this to keep our plants healthy and thriving. Let me tell you, it works like a charm and these beauties bloom a gorgeous purple all through the following summer. Their aroma reminds me of hearty sage and they are loved by bumble bees. On hot afternoons our fence sounds like a buzzing electric line because of the busy pollinators working from one tiny flower to the next.
A few weekends ago during our annual trim, Daddy D inadvertently laid one of the small bushes on the ground in a perfect heap. The twigs smelled of their familiar scent, even though they were already dried out.
I decided to create an accent piece that I could display through the rest of autumn and into winter. I am so fond of the end result that this may have to become an annual project for me. I love the idea of a free and beautiful decoration that allows me to enjoy my Russian Sage plants through the winter months.
I already had everything I needed for this craft so it cost me nothing except a little time. Here is how I put it together:
1. Russian Sage Branches
2. Pine Cones
3. Gold Rope
4. Hot Glue Gun
6. Paint Brush
7. Gold Glitter Shake
8. Gold Glitter Paint
9. Gold Spray Paint
10. Clear Spray Paint
Step 1 Cut and arrange stick bundle to desired shape and size.
Step 2 Paint handful of select branches with gold spray paint and let dry.
Step 3 Fasten bundle with sturdy rope.
Step 4 Spray 1 pine cone with clear spray paint and sprinkle with glitter shake.
Step 5 Paint 1 pine cone with gold glitter paint.
Step 6 Spray 1 pine cone with gold spray paint.
Step 7 Spray all 3 pine cones with clear spray paint and let dry.
Step 8 Hot glue all 3 pine cones in desired shape.
Step 9 Double or triple knot rope into desired shape.
I placed my bundle in a glass jar, making a nice addition to my already existent decor. You can add as many or as few additional colors of ribbon as you please, which is why I pictured burgundy ribbon in the supplies. This would make a pretty addition closer to Christmas time. Also, you do not have to stand your bundle upright. You can lay it across a large table as a centerpiece or on a mantle as a large item addition to your fall or winter decorating. For more gold and shimmer, add additional embellished pine cones or paint more than a handful of branches gold. I love the way my gold branches just peek through, but you could add many more!
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