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Five Quick Decorating Ideas for Lammas/Lughansadh

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Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Lammas/Lughnasadh? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account!

Wheat

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Like most grains, wheat is growing madly in the fields by the time Lammas rolls around. Use it around your home to decorate for the season - although it’s typically dried for commercial sale, the stalks become flexible if you soak them in water. Use them to create sun wheels, bows, pentacles, and other symbols of Lammas. If you don’t feel like your craft skills are up to par, tie some wheat stalks into bundles with pretty ribbons or raffia, and place them in decorative jars or vases around the house.

You can also use stalks of wheat in a Lammas Harvest Ritual. Be sure to read about the magic of the grain harvest here:

  • The Final Sheaf: In many countries, the harvesting of the final sheaf of grain was cause for celebration. Find out why this Lughnasadh tradition was so special in the countries of the British Isles.
  • The Spirit of the Grain: The idea of honoring a "corn mother" at Lammas time is hardly a European invention. Cultures around the world have long celebrated the spirit embodied in the harvested crops each autumn.

Corn

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Corn is a magical grain, and it’s prevalent at Lammastide. Bunch together some ears of brightly colored corn and hang it up for decoration, or place it in bowls or trays as a centerpiece. Use the husks to make creative crafts like corn dollies, cornhusk chains or herbal sachet pouches to leave around the house. These also make great gifts for guests!

Herbs, Fruits and Veggies

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Did you grow some goodies in your garden, or score some tasty treats at your local farmer’s market? Put them out on display! Pluck fresh herbs and place them in jars or vases for everyone to see, put your vegetables in bowls (especially squashes and root vegetables, which don’t seem to mind being kept at room temperature). Display herbs in bundles on your door for decoration, make your own smudge sticks, or hang around the kitchen to dry out for later use. Put apples in a pretty bowl or tray to brighten up a room.

Handcrafts

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Lammas is also known as Lughnasadh, which is a celebration of Lugh, the artisan god of the Celts. If you’re crafty, now is a great time to start working on new projects. Decorate your house with things you’ve made - sewing or knitting projects, metalwork, sculpted bowls, strings of beads, Tarot crafts, and so on. Take pride in your hard work and your skill, and show it off to friends and family!

Kitchen Altar

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Lammas is the season of the “loaf mass” but it’s hard to leave bread out in the open air for long, if you want it to last. Instead, find a small space in your kitchen and turn it into a seasonal altar. Decorate it with symbols of hearth and home, as well as seasonal items like cornucopia, fruit, grapes and wine, and jars of honey. Feel free to place a few small bits of bread out in a dish each night, and then throw them to the birds in the morning.

Be sure to read up on some ideas for decorating your Sabbat altar here: Decorating Your Lammas Altar

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