Simple and Natural Holiday Decorations
Even if we only place out a few holiday decorations at Christmas, it is interesting to see what others are doing. Here are some simple, inexpensive natural holiday decorations I found quite lovely for the homemaker adorning her home.
I love the English country cottage look using burlap, eclectic linen and cotton fabrics, and raffia. Note that none of the napkins match exactly. Fruit, pine cones, and greenery all make for a very natural table setting. The colors are scrumptious!
How easy to do the burlap table treatment below! This source recommends adding 36″ to your table length to achieve the same look as the picture. This will allow 18″ on each end for tying. I found it at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft in many colors and 48″ wide.
Little twinkly candle lights are effective in creating a lovely mood. Up-cycle those Ball or Mason jars for an enchanting effect!
Homemade luminaries can add a festive glow in the fireplace when the fire isn’t lit. Do make sure the candle holders are properly safe for this use.
A big white ceramic pitcher (mine has a tiny crack, so I use a glass inside to hold water) filled with holly branches and red berries or pine boughs makes an easy centerpiece. Again, here are more candles and the theme of reds, greens, and white.
Here is another way to add the non-electric chandelier effect using glass ornaments. Reminds me of an old Norse kitchen set on a fjord overlooking the Norwegian Sea~ I want to make and hang one of these yet this year over our family table.
Remember when they used to say, “Be the first in your neighborhood to…”? This could be a neat project for your family if you know you will be getting freezing weather. A totally inexpensive and colorful winter display to flank your front walkway!
Side note: I would do the filling and add the color outside in a suitable area, maybe not on concrete or the porch or in good clothes 😉 PS I have NOT done this…looks a bit risky! Found on FB.
Or make some ice baubles using natural berries and greenery…
The simplicity of your decorations lends more towards an old-fashioned Christmas. I love the three mini potted evergreens…you could plant them the following spring if you have the right spot.
Holiday decorations do not need to cost anything! To add God’s natural creations to your home makes for beautiful, homespun decorating!
Whether you festoon a mirror or a stairway handrail, using sparkly Lametta tinsel wire is an inexpensive and lovely way to create a card garland. How to Make the Card Garlands
You can re-create snowflakes in glitter on a sheer organza tablecloth overlay, and these won’t melt away! Or if you find a inexpensive white tablecloth at a thrift store and have a bit of artist in you, you might do it free-hand and make everyone different just like in nature 🙂 How to Make the Snowflake Tablecloth
Here is a delightful sampling of how the creative mind and hand could transform some spices, dried fruits, and foraged materials into stunning Christmas holiday decorations that smell fresh and look rustic. God’s colors are the best!
Instead of buying an expensive door basket, be frugal and make it from greenery, branches and pine cones you collect!
If that turns out well, I found this Martha Stewart Scandinavian-style greenery “chandelier”. Make TWO of the wreaths above and adorn them with wine-colored satin bows and suspend them from the ceiling with lengths of the same ribbon.
A quaint sled with some added greenery makes for a charming and cheery welcome near a door. Holiday decorations can make use of things you already have in the family.
The rounding of the arch is mirrored by the wreath, perfectly framed and set off!
Cream ribbons with pine cones hanging in a window is simply elegant, with greenery or without! Use a thumbtack to fasten the tail of the ribbon at the top of the inside of the window. Always group in odd numbers of 1, 3, or 5 for the most pleasing effect.
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As you search the internet for holiday decorations to make your haven more beautiful this December, let us not miss or overlook the most beautiful thing ~ the Christ child. All these things will burn up someday, but our relationship with Emmanuel, God with us, and others makes all the stuff pale in comparison.
If you have to err one way or the other, err toward doing less preparing this Christmas. Enjoy each other more!
Thanks for reading!