You don’t have to be a decorating wizard to create beautiful and striking holiday decorations. And you certainly don’t need glitter! Nature gives us all we need to decorate with, from gorgeous evergreens to bright berries. So go grab your boots and some pruners, and craft up some simple Christmas decorations. You’ll get some much needed garden therapy while dressing up your home for the holidays. I promise, this is a chore that will give you rosy cheeks and a festive home.
Float Away With Me
Floating cranberries and evergreens in a large vase makes for a simple and festive holiday table decoration. You can add clippings from attractive outdoor plants like holly and succulents as I have done in this festive holiday flower arrangement or you can simply add a few floating candles and light them up. This will last you for a few weeks as long as you change out the water when it starts to turn pink (every 4 days or so). The cranberries will last many water changes; they are used to being in water (they are bog plants) and they don’t decompose quickly. Read more about festive uses for cranberries here.
Rustic and Natural Christmas Candle Centerpiece
With just a few candles, a wooden box, and some fresh evergreen clippings, you can put together an incredibly elegant centerpiece for your holiday table in a few minutes.
Taking a little bit of time to re-pot your poinsettia once you get it home makes a huge difference. Plant it in a decorative ceramic pot, something plain, or even a salad bowl—anything other than leaving it in that shiny foil wrapping it comes in will make it look SO much more sophisticated.
Once you have a wreath, here’s an ad on that will really make it shine: wrap a string of decorative pinecone lights, again with the battery pack, and flick the switch. Here are some string lights with stars, pinecones, or snowflakes that would work well!
Festive Outdoor Planter Box
It’s easy to put together this eye-catching holiday window box planter with whatever decorative branches and greenery you have in the yard. You can even bring it indoors and display it on the mantle if you like.
If you have a miniature garden, deck it out for the holidays! Make tiny wreaths out of evergreen clippings, string ribbons and beads around a tiny tree to trim it, and fasten little festive bows anywhere you like! See this post for instructions and more ideas.
Make a table centerpiece by topping a few glass candle holders with pinecones. Set them on a dish and add a few clippings of evergreens, and you have a centerpiece for a buffet table or atop the fireplace. Bonus points for flocking the pinecones with a bit of white craft paint on the edges.
You can also use pinecones as a decorative essential oil diffuser! Follow these instructions and then lay your scented pinecones out on a decorative dish with some whole spices (cinnamon sticks, star anise, nutmeg) for festive decor that smells like Christmas!
Stars, Balls, and Evergreens
Decorate the holiday table by setting a few of the smaller branches you pruned from your Christmas tree on the table cloth, and add a few ornaments like this birch star and red glass balls. There. Now you have table decor for a holiday dinner or buffet. Or move these over to the fireplace mantle for quick and easy decorations.
Set up festive words with scrabble tiles amid your display. Try FaLaLa, Merry Merry, or Xmas Time for a good use of the “8-point X”.
If you find yourself with 20 minutes, some pinecones and a hot glue gun, you can make up these pinecone spheres as well. They take more than a few minutes, but it still isn’t a difficult project. See how to make them here.