Everyone has that go-to plant or accessory you like to use for decorating. Mine is preserved boxwood.
I enjoy touches of green around my home, especially in wintertime. With preserved boxwood, you get the beauty of a live plant without any of the work!
Preserved boxwoods are made from live boxwood clippings that have been soaked in a solution of dye and glycerin and then allowed to dry. I've never tried making one myself, but in case you would like to try preserving your own you can find a tutorial here. You can also purchase preserved boxwood branches to make your own designs. One source is Bella Marie (this is not a paid source).
I recently re-decorated one of my mantels using some of my collection. What I love most about preserved boxwoods is that they can be dressed up or down and used in virtually any style of decor. I would often use them in the parade and model homes I've decorated over the years to add a live element without the maintenance.
To keep your preserved boxwoods looking great for a long time, lightly mist them once a month with a spray bottle, keep them out of direct sunlight, and keep them indoors. You don't want to mist them too often, however, because they will mold.
Here is a closer look at my mantel...
Here are a few additional ideas for inspiration...
Have a really great week.