Guest Author - Aimee Wood
Using the elements that Mother Nature has to offer is a simple yet lovely way to decorate for the holidays. It is simple, cost effective, and in the end you can compost the elements back into the earth.
Cranberry Mini Wreaths or Garland
Using dried cranberries and floral wire, string cranberries to create small wreaths that you can hang on your tree. Also, you can take the dried cranberries and string them to create garland. Sometimes the cranberries can be used along with popped popcorn. It's a simple yet festive look.
Using Pine Greens
Using the leftover greens from your cut Christmas tree or from pine trees from your yard, dress your fireplace mantel or tops of cupboards with them. Top this garland with some berry branches or some handmade Christmas decorations.
Bake an extra batch of gingerbread or sugar cookies and string them on the tree with natural twine. Before baking coat with egg wash, so the cookies are extra shiny.
Dried Apples and Citrus
Slice the fruit thinly and place in a dehydrator. Once finished, string the fruit using a natural fiber. These beautiful fruits will shine spectacularly on your tree. When the holidays are over, you can easily compost the fruit.
Recycled tea light holders
Take a recycled jar and create a tea light out of it. Clean off any label. Using modge podge glue on tissue paper or decorative paper. Tie a ribbon around it and you'll have some lovely tea light holders.
Pinecones can be used for a multitude of projects. Place them in a clear vase, adorn your garland with them, create festive ornaments by painting them Christmas colors, or string them together as their own garland. It's amazing how many projects you can use them in!
Seasonal Fruits and Nuts
Simply fill a decorative bowl with seasonal fruits such as pomegranates, pears, and apples. Intersperse some nuts such as walnuts and almonds among the fruits. Instantly, you have something decorative and a handy snack within an easy reach.
Birch bark has a lovely white texture that can be used in a multitude of projects. If you have a non working fireplace, stack some birch logs in the fireplace to add dimension and a lovely homey feel.
Alternatively, take some birch bark and wrap it around a glass candleholder. Then, tie it together with a lovely ribbon or natural twine. The birch adds a rustic feel and looks very festive.
Nature provides so much to adorn your home at the holidays. Whether it be elements from outside or food items taken from your kitchen, keeping it real and simple is where it's at.