Creating Holiday Decor From Nature
I hate consumerism.
I also hate most of the cheaply foreign made holiday decorations, but I love my house to be beautifully decorated with the traditional reds and greens of Christmas.
The past couple of years, I have begun turning more and more to holiday decor that I can make from nature.
The reason that red and green are traditionally associated with the Yule and Christmas holidays, is that (in the majority of the world) there is an abundance of evergreens and red berries available in nature!
So every year, I go foraging for the prettiest branches and berries I can find to decorate my house. Here is some of my haul from this year!
I like to use the red berries and the holly on my mantle along with a few pine cones, but you could also use them for decorating a dining room table, or on any other decorative shelf.
I used some vines to make the base of a wreath, and wove the cedar branches in to create a lovely green wreath. I added an old red bow from my Christmas box as a final touch before hanging it. Someday, we will have a wooden door instead of the ugly hunter green door, and my wreaths will stand out better!
I totally went with my gut on how to make this wreath, and was surprised by how easy they are to make!
If you want more specifics on making different kinds of wreaths, here are some options:
The Northern Homestead has a tutorial for How to Make A Star Twig Wreath.
Kelly from Little Fall Creek has an awesome tutorial on Making A Fabulous Free Wreath.
When foraging, look for any evergreen type branches. Cedar, spruce, holly (watch out for the poky leaves!), and even pine are all great choices for wreaths and simple decorating. The holly tree usually has beautiful red berries growing on it, as do a few wild bush
Kids love to be included in foraging efforts, and it’s a great holiday activity to do as a family!
*Unless you are absolutely sure of the plant species, please limit their use to visual decorating, and don’t ingest any of them.*
So take the family for a walk, and get all the supplies you need to create holiday decor from nature!
Yet another way to be self-sufficient, save money, and simplify the holiday season.
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