Holiday Decorating with Natural Elements

The holidays bring stores full of decorations related to the current season. There is merit, however, in choosing natural decorations. Filling your living room with plastic and synthetic decorations is only enjoyable for a short time, but using natural elements is a great way to beautify your living space while getting a little taste of the outdoors. Here are some ideas for creating a natural haven in your home during the holidays.

Thanksgiving

When the leaves are beginning to fall, collect several of your favorites and press them flat inside of a book until dry. Put a thread through them and hang several strands from circle-shaped wire to place in your entrance. Thanksgiving is also a great time to create a natural cornucopia. You can do this by gathering a collection of gourds, fall-colored flowers, pine cones, fruits, grains and other natural items and allowing them to spill out of the end of the horn of plenty.

Christmas

There are many natural elements that have become a Christmas holiday tradition. Wreaths are generally made from evergreens and bring a familiar holiday scent into the house with them. Use cranberries and pine cones to decorate the wreath. Many families have turned to plastic Christmas trees in order to conserve the environment and reduce indoor mess, but using real Christmas trees is still something that many people do in order to add ambiance to their home during this festive season. And what Christmas season would be complete without a bit of mistletoe hanging from the doorway?

New Year’s

Although poinsettias are in bloom during Thanksgiving and Christmas, they are still available through the Christmas holiday season, including New Year’s. This makes them the perfect gift for friends or even yourself when you are invited over around New Year’s. Holly and ivy are also a favorite for this particular holiday.

Every holiday deserves a bit of natural beauty. No matter the time of year, there is some way you can decorate with these natural elements. Try out these ideas for each holiday and experience a little more magic in each one.

Valentine’s Day

When love is in the air, there is no better way to celebrate than with red roses. Decorate your home or table with these for a romantic dinner or a Valentine’s Day party, whether on the stem or with a pile of petals only. Another fun way to include the outdoor elements in the celebrations is to cut blocks of wood into cubes and leave holes where you can place a single candle or flower. Add several of these to the table for a natural-looking centerpiece.

Easter

With spring in the air at this time of year, there are many available opportunities to bring the outdoors into your home. Put fresh flowers in a vase on your table, as well as any kind of fresh greenery. Dye eggs with a variety of natural dyes such as turmeric and beets, then display them in a bowl on your table. Tiny nests that are no longer used by birds are a special reminder when displayed that this is the time of year for new beginnings.

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