October has been quite the whirlwind. We found our wedding venue (yay!), Michael celebrated his 26th birthday (on the same day we found our venue no less), some really great opportunities have come up for me, and we had the joy of celebrating our friends getting married. Amidst those great highs though, we’ve also dealt with more stresses than usual. I had a troubling medical scare, we faced unexpected financial setbacks, and I’ve been in thick of challenging midterms. It has been a crazy month to say the least.
With all of that going on, my brain has been rather foggy. So, when I was greeted by a beautiful display of eucalyptus bouquets at Whole Foods, I was easily distracted. That glorious display was all I needed to abandon grocery shopping all together. Visions of fragrant stems hanging from our walls and arranged in vases immediately flooded my brain. For just five bucks I got a gigantic (and I mean gigantic) bouquet of seeded eucalyptus. I was so struck by this magnificent bunch of pretty leaves that I left the grocery store without anything that was on my list. Oops!
I couldn’t wait to tear off the plastic from my bouquet as soon as I got home. But I quickly learned that eucalyptus is actually very heavy! Like I said, that bouquet was gigantic, and the vase I had planned on using was just not large enough to keep the eucalyptus upright. So like any determined crafter, I pulled up Pinterest to find ideas. As it turns out, there are plenty of ways you can use eucalyptus beyond a wedding tablescape. I decided to round up my favorite projects and share them with you. Here are my favorite was to decorate with eucalyptus:
This lovely wall hanging (now in our bedroom) was inspired by Oh The Sweet Things. It’s rustic, simple and leaves plenty of creative space for making it your own. Leaves…see what I did there.
I love the idea of using eucalyptus on an accent table, inspired by South by North. I laid some of the bouquet stragglers down around Michael’s guitar with my favorite candle and it was exactly what that table needed! It’s really simple and natural.
If it hasn’t become obvious yet, I am a big fan of greenery on the walls. I love this idea from The Merry Thought for putting eucalyptus around a wall mirror. I’m even going to pick up another bouquet and use the stems around our hanging frames.
This vase from West Elm’s blog, Front + Main, was my original inspiration for decorating with eucalyptus. Just a word of advice, you will need a heavy-bottomed vase depending on how many stems you choose to use. I learned the hard way!
How pretty is this garland!? Hanging seeded eucalyptus like garland or even a wreath seems especially perfect now that we are getting fall’s cool, cozy weather.
Last but not least (and probably my favorite way to decorate with eucalyptus), simply hang a bouquet from your coat rack. Ever since we hung our little accordion rack I had been wanting to hang something green from it. When I noticed that two of the eucalyptus stems were entwined, it was perfect! If yours are separated, you can also tie some twine or colorful ribbon around the stems to secure them.
Seeing all of the eucalyptus around our house makes me quite happy. It’s just so comforting to have greenery inside. I don’t know what it is, but I feel more at ease and refreshed. I’m excited to spruce up the eucalyptus with winter berries once we get into the holiday season!