As the holiday season approaches, many of us are starting to think about decorating our homes for Christmas. While traditional decorations like tinsel and plastic ornaments are readily available, more and more people are turning to natural decor options.
Not only are these options more eco-friendly, but they can also add a touch of rustic charm to your home.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate natural elements into your Christmas decor is by using greenery. Pine branches, holly leaves, and mistletoe can all be used to create wreaths, garlands, and table centerpieces.
You can also add some pine cones and cinnamon sticks for a festive touch and pleasant aroma.
Another natural decor option is to use fruits and vegetables. Pomegranates, oranges, and cranberries can be strung together to create garlands or used to fill bowls for a pop of color.
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Why Choose Natural Decor?
When it comes to decorating for Christmas, natural decor is a popular choice for many people. Natural decor involves using materials that are found in nature, such as pine cones, branches, and leaves, to create a festive and cozy atmosphere in your home.
One of the benefits of natural materials is that it is often very affordable or even free!! Many of the materials can be found in your own backyard or at a local park.
Additionally, natural decor is environmentally friendly, as it does not involve the use of synthetic materials that can be harmful to the planet.
To create a natural decor theme, it’s important to think about the colors and textures that are found in nature. Earthy tones like brown, green, and beige can be used as a base, while pops of color can be added with red berries or bright flowers.
When it comes to arranging your natural decor, think about grouping items together in a way that looks organic. For example, you could create a centerpiece using pine cones, branches, and berries, or arrange a collection of small greenery branches and pinecones on a tray.
Overall, natural decor is a great way to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home during the holiday season. With a little creativity, you can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere that your friends and family will love.
Choosing Your Christmas Tree
When it comes to decorating for Christmas, choosing the perfect tree is essential. Here are some things to consider when making your decision.
Real Vs Fake Trees
The first decision you’ll need to make is whether you want a real or fake tree. Real trees have a classic look and smell great, but they require more maintenance and can be a fire hazard if not watered regularly.
Fake trees, on the other hand, are more convenient and can be reused year after year. They also come in a variety of styles and colors. So even they aren’t natural there are lots of good reasons to choose this faux option.
Real Tree Types and Their Benefits
If you decide to go with a real tree, you’ll need to choose the type of tree that’s right for you. Here are some popular options and their benefits:
- Fraser Fir: This is a popular choice for its sturdy branches and long-lasting needles.
- Balsam Fir: This tree has a classic Christmas tree shape and a strong, woodsy scent.
- Douglas Fir: This tree has soft needles and a pyramid shape, making it a great option for smaller spaces.
- Scotch Pine: This tree has a traditional look and strong branches that can hold heavy ornaments.
Favorite Faux Trees
Fake Christmas trees have come a long way since the days of matching the paint on the end of the branch to the hole in the tree trunk (If you know you know!!). As technology has advanced manufacturers are creating more real-looking trees.
One big benefit of having an artificial Christmas tree is that it’s a one-time purchase, especially as the cost of real trees has skyrocketed in the past couple of years.
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No matter what type of tree you choose, make sure to measure your space beforehand to ensure it will fit. And don’t forget to water your tree regularly to keep it looking fresh throughout the holiday season.
Ideas For Your Christmas Tree
One of my favorite Christmas trees was this natural & neutral woodland tree. The fuzzy owl tree topper was the inspiration for this one. I added owl ornaments, a few of my handmade ornaments, and a variety of other nature-inspired ornaments like antlers, deer, and pinecones.
A couple of non-traditional additions to my tree decorations were ornamental grass that I tucked into the branches and I also took pieces of grapevine and made small wreaths to hang on the branches
For this flocked tree in my dining area, I used metallic ornaments like copper pinecones and gold feathers, along with my DIY metallic glitter ornaments. This year I used my owl ornaments to decorate this tree.
Sticking with the natural theme I used dried hydrangeas and fresh magnolia leaves to fill in the tree.
This artificial tree is the most real fake one I have ever seen!! It actually looks like a traditional New England tree that you would find at your local farmstand.
I didn’t want the tree to look “overdone” so I stuck with an assortment of my DIY ornaments, botanical ornaments, dried flower ornaments, gold stars, and my favorite addition: battery-operated tree candles.
DIY Natural Ornaments
As someone who loves natural decor, I enjoy making my own ornaments for the holiday season. DIY natural ornaments are not only eco-friendly, but they also add a touch of rustic charm to your Christmas tree. Here are a few easy ideas for homemade ornaments using natural materials.
Pine cones are a classic natural element for Christmas decor. For a simple ornament idea, you could just leave the pine cones natural and glue pretty ribbon to the top to hang on your tree. In the past, I have used floral wire and wired pinecones onto the ends of some of my Christmas tree branches.
Another idea is to make rustic ornaments using wood slices and pinecone scales to create a flower.
Dried Orange Ornaments
Dried orange ornaments are not only beautiful, but they also fill your home with a delicious scent. To make them, thinly slice oranges and bake them in the oven at a low temperature until they are completely dried out. Once cooled, string them together with twine or ribbon and hang them on your tree.
To make your own dried orange slices:
- Slice oranges between 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick
- Blot w/ paper towel to remove excess juice
- Arrange orange slices on a baker’s cooling rack over a sheet pan
- Place in 200° oven for 3-4 hrs until dried
For the flower lovers! Grab a set of disc-shaped clear glass ornaments and fill them with small sprigs of dried flowers. A very easy project that looks elegant hanging on your Christmas tree. Follow the tutorial to make your own set.
These DIY natural ornaments are easy to make and add a personal touch to your Christmas tree. Plus, they are a great way to incorporate natural elements into your holiday decor.
Natural Christmas Wreath & Swag Ideas
As I was brainstorming ideas for my natural Christmas decor, I knew I wanted to include some beautiful ideas to hang on your door. Here are a few of my favorite options:
Evergreen wreaths are a classic Christmas decoration, and for good reason. They are beautiful, festive, and smell amazing.
You can buy pre-made wreaths at many stores, or make your own using evergreen branches from your yard. To add some extra interest, you can also add pinecones, berries, or other natural elements. Attach pinecones with floral wire to the wreath and poke the berry stems right into the wreath.
A fun idea to hang in your kitchen or make to bring as a hostess gift this holiday season is a fresh herb swag. The best part is you can probably pick everything up on your next trip through your local produce section at the market.
If you want to add some flowers to your Christmas decor, a floral wreath is a great option. You can use fresh or dried flowers, and add in some greenery or other natural elements to create a beautiful, unique wreath.
No matter what type of natural wreath you choose, it’s sure to add some festive cheer to your home during the holiday season.
Creating a Natural Tablescape
As someone who loves natural decor, I enjoy incorporating elements of nature into my Christmas tablescape. Here are a few ideas to help you create a beautiful and natural table setting.
For a simple yet stunning centerpiece, consider using a wooden tray or basket filled with pinecones, greenery, and berries. You can also add in some candles for a cozy glow.
Here I filled a cement planter with pinecones, pine sprigs, feathers, and a metal ornament for a simple display on the coffee table.
Another option is to use a large vase filled with branches or twigs, adorned with small ornaments or lights.
Natural Table Choices
When it comes to table linens, I prefer to keep things simple and natural. A neutral-colored tablecloth or runner made from linen or burlap can provide a great base for your table setting. You can also add in some texture with woven placemats or natural fiber napkins.
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Candles are a must-have for any Christmas table display. You can also create a beautiful candle arrangement using a wooden tray or board, arranging candles of varying heights and sizes with some greenery and pinecones.
Tucking in battery-operated flameless candles on your table or mantles is an easy way to create a cozy ambiance at night.
Incorporating natural touches on your tables whether it be a dining or entryway will help to create a beautiful and cozy home that your guests will love.
Outdoor Natural Decor
When it comes to decorating for Christmas, don’t forget about the great outdoors! Here are some natural decor ideas to spruce up your outdoor space this holiday season.
The entrance to your home is the perfect place to add some festive cheer. Consider hanging a wreath or swag made of natural materials like pinecones, berries, and evergreen branches.
Here I hung an evergreen swag and then a set of mini skis tied with festive ribbon for an alternative to a door wreath. These mini skis from Amazon would give you a similar look to mine.
Fresh Greenery Planters
An easy and affordable way to decorate your outdoor porch for the holidays is to use one of your empty flower planters. All you have to do is stick pieces of freshly cut evergreen branches in the existing soil to create a winter planter. Add a few longer branches, large pinecones, and winterberries finished off with a festive ribbon.
Birch Log Basket
One of my favorite additions to my winter porch was a vintage gardening basket filled with cut birch branches, greenery, berries, and pinecones. A natural touch that also lasted all winter long.
Remember, the key to natural decor is to keep it simple and understated. Let the beauty of nature shine through and enjoy the festive season!
In conclusion, natural Christmas decor ideas are a great way to bring the beauty of nature into your home during the holiday season. From using pinecones and branches to creating wreaths and garlands, there are many ways to incorporate natural elements into your decor.
Overall, natural Christmas decor ideas are a great way to add some warmth and beauty to your home during the holiday season. By using natural materials and incorporating them into your decor, you can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere that will make your home feel even more festive and welcoming.
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