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And as I write this post, the year is fast approaching to an end. 2014 just seemed to whiz by. As the holiday seasons start, it is fun to watch the people shop for gifts and see the huge Xmas trees make an appearance at malls and other places. The paper streamers and huge lantern do make the whole ambiance really pretty, but sometimes I do miss the actual natural decors that we would make as kids. This year, take a jog down the memory lane and opt for simple and easy to make natural decorations for Christmas.
So this year, try to make a change by using natural decorations for Christmas trees and using natural items for Christmas decorations, rather than the usual store bought items. We’ve listed 10 natural decorations for Christmas that hardly cost anything, but are not short on gorgeousness!
10 Natural decorations for Christmas
- Start with the entrance! If you would like to have a wreath on your door but are put off by the plasticky ones in shops, make your own! This season, there are a lot of twigs and dry branches to be found, which can easily be bundled and shaped into a wreath and adorned with leaves. You can also make your own Christmas decorations with quills and paper crafts. I loved this variant that I saw at Craftsvilla.
- What’s Christmas without some mistletoe? While most Christmas cards feature a lot of mistletoe, it isn’t mandatory! And if you cannot find mistletoes here, you can still ring in the Christmas feel by lining your window sills with long branches of bright green leaves. Ensure that you don’t do this too much ahead, or you’ll end up with a dried out Christmas!
- Don’t forget the ceilings! Use long strings of greenery to hang from one end of the ceiling to the other. You can either make them yourself or buy them from a florist. They add a very festive look, and you can mix in some color with red flowers or berries. Carry out this decoration at least a week before Christmas so that your decorations do not wither. You can use the same ideas for porch decorations for Christmas.
- Rather than chopping down any random tree and dragging it home, why don’t you grow your own? Of course, you will have to start this well in advance, but it still beats bringing home synthetic versions. You can also make your own Christmas tree. I totally loved this post in Buzzfeed and you can see some really innovative Christmas trees made for the festive season.
- Who says that Christmas trees need glitzy balls hanging from them? You can try some natural decorations for Christmas trees by using fruit and fresh flowers too. These make natural items for Christmas decorations at home. Another option is to bake cookies of different shapes and thread a hole through them. Low cost tree decoration!
- I love fragrance at home. And nothing comes close to using diffusers and decorative candles at home that adds to the festive decor. Alright, I do admit that I am a bit partial to candles. Candles have a very Christmassy feel to them and are great for decorating various corners of the house. Group them together, or with flower vases holding fresh flowers or twigs to create an artistic focal point. You can also place them in trays surrounded by nuts.
- Pomanders are a lovely way to make your home smell wonderful for the holidays. Take a citrus fruit like lemon or orange and draw patterns on them with pencil. Push cloves into the fruit along the pattern and arrange them in a beautiful bowl for some lovely, natural air freshener. These also make lovely DIY gifts!
- If you have a glass bowl (the ones you use to keep goldfish), layer it with a roll of cotton and add random things in the bowl that depict Christmas. It makes a pretty little winter scene using a glass bowl and things picked up from your garden. Looking for some additional decorations? Add twigs and branches to make trees and twist a few twigs to make a robin’s nest and add pebbles for the eggs.
- Try flower floats if it isn’t too cold where you live. Take a wide glass bowl filled with water, and float some flowers on it. To make it look even more festive, use red flowers with bunches of green leaves. Add a few tea lights for glamour.
- Whatever the season, a classic table centerpiece is a well made fruit arrangement. Use whatever fruits are in season and make a centerpiece to match with the overall décor of your home. Of course, you can eat it up once you’re done with dinner!
As you can see, decorating your home naturally for the festive season requires very little effort and even less money. Save your time, pocket and the environment with these nifty tips!!
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