Give your home a charming country-inspired look during Christmas using natural decor elements. Decorating with nature-inspired items will infuse any room in your home with cozy, rustic appeal. Make your own decorations using a mixture of crafts and natural pieces, such as pine cones and berries, for a one-of-a-kind-look. Natural Christmas decorations also will make thoughtful gifts for friends and loved ones.
Use festive-hued fruit to create vibrant and natural Christmas décor pieces. You can use fresh or dried fruit to create the décor. Save money by drying your own fruit at home using a food dehydrator or an oven. Create a colorful Christmas tree garland using natural popcorn and fresh cranberries. You also can use the garland to enhance a fireplace mantel. To create the craft, thread a large sewing needle with waxed dental floss and knot the opposite end. Pop a batch of unbuttered popcorn. Thread the cranberries and popcorn pieces onto the floss, alternating the food items for a decorative look. Remove the needle and knot the end of the floss, leaving 12 inches free for tying. You can substitute the popcorn for fresh lime slices or green gumdrops to create a festive color scheme.
Natural pine cone ornaments will look just as decorative as the ornate antique versions they are hanging next to. Use craft items to personalize the pine cones. Prior to painting the cones, thread a pipe cleaner through the center of them to create a convenient handle. Take the pine cones to a well-ventilated area and coat them with shimmering gold spray paint. You can sprinkle gold glitter onto the wet paint for extra sparkle. You also can use silver spray paint and coordinating glitter if it’s a better fit for your overall decor scheme. Tie a wide gold or silver ribbon into a loop and glue it to the top of the pine cone for hanging.
Design a stunning Christmas dinner table centerpiece using a twisting Manzanita tree branch for juxtaposition of nature and glamour. The centerpiece will enhance an ethereal winter wonderland party theme. In a well-ventilated area, spray the branch with a coating of shiny silver paint. Allow the branch to thoroughly dry on a piece of wax paper. Fill a silver or white vessel with a piece of cut-to-fit florists’ foam and insert the end of the Manzanita branch into it. Cover the top of the foam with clear glass gems to resemble ice. Hang tiny crystal icicle-shaped ornaments from the branches.