Looking for the charm and coziness of nature this holiday season? I’ll show you how decorating for Christmas with natural elements can create a beautiful and rustic holiday feel.
When it comes to Christmas decor, there’s a timeless and eco-friendly option that brings both beauty and sustainability to your holiday decorating.
Embracing the charm of natural elements can transform your home into a warm and inviting winter wonderland this Christmas season. In this post I’ll share simple ideas, using evergreen branches, pine cones, dried oranges, and more, that can cozy up your living space this time of year.
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Homespun Holiday Hop
Today I’m joining 10 blogging friends for a Homespun Holiday Blog Hop, hosted by my friend Laura at Decor to Adore.
You can see all the homespun holiday decor inspiration with links from all the bloggers at the end of this post. If you are coming from Laura’s blog, welcome. Didn’t you love her homespun holiday prairie wonderland ornaments?
What Falls Under the Category of Natural Elements?
Natural elements usually mean materials that come straight from nature or haven’t been changed much. These things can add a rustic and eco-friendly touch to your holiday home.
Here are some common examples of natural elements:
The Timeless Charm of Natural Decorations
In a world filled with shiny, manufactured ornaments, natural elements offer a rustic, organic, and warm option.
The simplicity of evergreen branches, pinecones, seasonal fruits, and berries brings a timeless charm to your holiday decor during the Christmas season.
Decorating with natural materials is not only a beautiful choice but also environmentally responsible.
Bring the Outdoors Inside: Use Natural Elements in Interior Decor
There are many ways to add touches of nature to your home when decorating for Christmas. Here are several ideas to use in your own home.
Add Dried Flowers to Your Christmas Tree
Adding dried flowers to your Christmas tree is an easy way to add natural beauty to your holiday decor.
I saved my dried hydrangea bloom heads from fall to bring a unique and whimsical element to my Christmas tree. Finishing touches such as green velvet ribbon and gold and green Christmas tree ornaments were mixed in.
Nature-inspired cream flowers look realistic on my flocked faux tree.
Use Evergreens and Pinecones in Your Christmas Decor
Decorating with natural Christmas decorations brings a cozy and charming ambiance to your home. Using traditional decor like evergreens and pinecones doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
The vibrant greenery of fresh greens, such as evergreen branches and fresh garland, brings a refreshing touch to your holiday decor.
Pinecones help create a rustic and textured decor detail that adds depth and character to your vignettes.
Whether you use natural elements in wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, or scattered throughout your home, they bring your holiday decor to life.
Even if you opt for faux trees, incorporating evergreen branches can still give your home that amazing fragrance of a live Christmas tree.
The Charm of Oranges, Pomegranates, and Berries
One of the easiest ways to capture the magic of the holiday season is by mixing the natural beauty of dried orange slices, pomegranates, and red berries into your holiday decor.
Here are some creative ways to use dried oranges, pomegranates, and red berries in your natural holiday decorations, from wreaths to garlands and more.
How to Use Oranges in Your Holiday Decor
Oranges and dried orange slices have a warm and citrusy fragrance that fills the air with holiday cheer.
They add a vibrant burst of color to your natural decor, making them a versatile choice for different themes and styles. Here are a few ideas on how you can use oranges during the holidays:
Whether you string them as garlands, decorate your Christmas tree with orange slice ornaments, or use them as fragrant potpourri, dried oranges create a pop of color among the fresh greenery.
Mix Pomegranates Into Your Christmas Decor
Pomegranates are a perfect addition to your natural decorations.
Their deep red hue adds gorgeous holiday color to any arrangement. Use pomegranates as table centerpieces, wreath accents, or even as part of your place settings amidst green garland.
How to Decorate for Christmas Using Berries
Real or faux red berries are traditionally used with holiday natural decor.
From holly berries to cranberries, they add pops of red and a touch of festive charm to wreaths, garlands, and tree decorations amidst the fresh greenery.
Here are some ideas to add berries to your holiday decor:
A Natural Approach with Christmas Wreaths
Create a natural wreath with fresh greenery and other natural elements for your front door or inside your home.
I used magnolia leaves and dried oranges for the wreath above.
By creating your own wreath, you can customize it with natural accents of evergreen branches, pinecones, dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, and more.
Try making an herb wreath using fresh or dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage for a fragrant and culinary-inspired decoration.
Natural Element Centerpieces and Table Settings
Natural element centerpieces and table settings are a beautiful way to decorate for your holiday gatherings with a touch of rustic charm.
After buying seasonal flowers and greenery from Trader Joe’s, I put them in mason jars filled with water and placed them inside a vintage galvanized bucket.
Incorporating pine branches, natural greenery, and other elements from the great outdoors into your table decor is one of my favorite natural Christmas decor ideas.
These natural centerpieces can be as simple as a cluster of pinecones, pomegranates, and red berries arranged in a dough bowl or ceramic bowl.
Or you can dress up your Christmas decor with a lush garland of evergreen branches wrapped with twinkling lights.
Herbs and Spices Create Great Holiday Decor
Herbs and spices aren’t just for cooking. They’re perfect for mixing with existing holiday decor. There’s nothing more warm and inviting than the fragrance of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg filling the air.
Here are some ideas to add herbs and spices when Christmas decorating:
Create Rustic Christmas Natural Decor DIY Projects
Creating rustic Christmas natural decor out of wood, such as driftwood trees and wooden signs, adds a rustic touch to your holiday home.
Collect driftwood pieces of varying sizes and shapes, and assemble them into charming tabletop trees. Decorate these driftwood trees with simple string lights or handmade wooden ornaments.
Paint holiday messages on reclaimed wood planks and hang them on your porch or around your home.
Seaside Serenity: Coastal Holiday Decor Ideas
Mixing coastal elements like seashells and sea glass with your holiday decor adds a touch of seaside charm to your traditional holiday setting.
Incorporate coastal elements into your holiday tablescape with beach-themed centerpieces and place settings. The combination of coastal and holiday motifs creates a balanced blend of relaxation and celebration.
Outdoor and Porch Simple Christmas Decorations
Enhancing your outdoor and porch decor with natural elements is a wonderful way to extend the warmth and charm of the holiday season to the exterior of your home.
Decorate your front porch with evergreen wreaths and garlands, accented by pinecones and red berry clusters to create a welcoming and festive entryway.
Add small evergreen trees or potted plants like rosemary or holly for a touch of greenery that withstands winter weather.
Stringing twinkling lights along railings and wrapping them around branches or posts adds a magical glow to your outdoor space. You can even create a cozy seating area with wooden benches and plaid throws, making it the perfect spot to sip hot cocoa and enjoy the crisp winter air.
By blending Christmas natural elements into your outdoor decor, you’re creating an inviting space for your family and guests.
Holiday Gift Guides
Looking for some gift-giving ideas for the holidays? It’s that time to start thinking about what gifts you need to start buying for your loved ones this holiday season and I’m here to give you some ideas.
The Homespun Holiday Hop Continues
Next on our Homespun Holiday Hop is my sweet friend Kelly at The Tattered Pew. You will love her holiday decor ideas.
If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these holiday decor tips useful.
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