During the holiday season, all public spaces are decorated and styled up to help everyone feel the upcoming festivities. At work, I’m seeing desks, offices, and entire floors “dressed up” in a winter holiday decor. What is truly inspiring to see, is that more and more businesses opt out of setting a natural, live Christmas tree and choose an artificial, recyclable one instead. Even though I love the beauty and especially the smell of a fresh pine or a spruce, it breaks my heart when I think about all these trees being wasted and thrown away after the holiday season is over.
Every year, I’ve been finding a live tree alternatives: setting up a foldable, reusable one, composing a bouquet of fresh evergreens trimmings and eucalyptus, or hanging a juniper wreath in our living room. This year though, still trying to stay away from live, full-size trees, I found another solution.
The idea was inspired by DIY posts on how to create winter bouquets and centerpieces, using LED string lights. I chose rosemary as an evergreen alternative because this aromatic herb is easy to get and maintain, plus it smells amazing and lasts for long, when placed in water! To create this DIY centerpiece, you will need:
1. A fresh bunch of rosemary
2. A glass jar or bottle
3. LED string lights
First, I found a proper glass container and decorated it with ribbons. The ribbons or other decoys are completely optional, as you can see, the rosemary bouquet looks great on its own! Once the rosemary was shaped and trimmed, I added the LED string: so easy to work with, thanks to its thin yet durable wire construction. The string already comes with an attached battery slot, so no wiring is required. All you need to do is add 3 AA batteries and voila!
Having coiled the wires around the rosemary sprigs, I turned the switch on and let the LED lights do their magic – trust me, the effect IS magical!