Weeks have turned into months – and October has almost passed already. I have no idea how this could happen, but I suppose it was a mix of work, renovations, flower picking and me being busy over there every day. In other words, high time to make it cosy even in this (slightly neglected) place of mine, swipe away the cobwebs and bring in autumn decorations.
Every year I make strings of lights with the husks of Japanese Lanterns (Physalis alkekengi, ) to brighten up our home during the darker months. It is a quick and easy DIY that I gladly share here with you – all you need is a pair of scissors, string of lights, preferably with LED lamps, and the husks of Japanese Lantern (ask your local florist if you don’t have a few plants of your own).
The husks should be freshly picked and still soft. Cut a tiny circle around the stem and gently remove the small berry that is inside. Leave the husks to dry for a day or two, then put the husks on the lamps of a string of lights. If the hole that you have cut is small enough, you won’t need any glue (and can reuse the string of lights for other projects), else a drop of hot glue will do the trick.
We use to put our strings of lights on top of the kitchen cupboards, on book shelves and around windows. Arranged in a bowl, they make also a beautiful centre piece on a festive autumn table (and they look pretty in a Christmas tree, too) .
Sending you an autumn breeze from Björkåsa,
[Edit – thank you so much Gardenista for featuring this project on your website]