My Mormor taught me to make this simple DIY garland made from dried oat straw. Perfect for your Christmas tree!

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Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!


With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”


Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.


As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.



My mormor was very particular about her holiday decor. She didn’t like anything plastic or too colorful. I have a vivid memory of the two of us sitting at a table making these very simple garlands. I made the small oat bouquets while she was tying them onto string. After a few hours we had a long garland that we hung on the tree.

You will need:
Dried oat straw

  1. Cut the top of the oats and make them into small bouquets. You will need like 10-12 straws for each.
  2. Tie each bouquet to the string about 6-8 inches apart. Make it as long as you want and hang on tree.


You can buy oat straw at your local craft store!

My Mormor taught me to make this simple DIY garland made from dried oat straw. Perfect for your Christmas tree
Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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