Yes, we are here!

At MOTHER EARTH LIVING and MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have been educating folks about the benefits of self-reliance for 50 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books and products to help individuals master the skills they need in times like these and beyond. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-456-6018 or by email. Stay safe!


DIY Holiday Swag

This beautiful holiday swag makes a perfect hostess gift and can be made with cuttings from your yard.

| November/December 2013


  • Photo By Thomas Gibson

Beautiful holiday décor makes a perfect hostess gift—your recipient can make use of it all season, then toss the cut greens in the yard or compost bin. Floral and landscape designer John M. McCaffrey of BitterSweet Floral and Design in Lawrence, Kansas, designed the swag on our cover using cuttings from his clients’ outdoor spaces. He offers these tips to make your own.

• Collect cuttings from your yard or any natural area. Ours includes cedar, Japanese yew, fennel, sage, Hypericum berry, Viburnum berry, rosemary, seeded eucalyptus and dead echinacea flowers.

• Using floral wire, bind like items together. For example, tie large evergreen sprigs in one bundle and  small berries in another.

• Layer bundles in a pleasing format: Start with foundation pieces such as evergreen, layer on accents such as sage and rosemary, and top with decorative bits such as berries. Wrap the whole thing with wire, then tie on a piece of ribbon, raffia or burlap.



Read the original article, Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas.



Subscribe today and save 58%

Get the latest on Healthy Living and Natural Beauty!

Mother Earth LivingRedefine beauty and embrace holistic living with Mother Earth Living by your side. Each issue  provides you with easy, hands-on ways to connect your life with the natural world -- from eating seasonally to culinary and medicinal uses of herbs; from aromatherapy and DIY cosmetics to yoga and beyond. Start your journey to holistic living today and you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Classifieds


click me