Evergreen plants and trees have held special meaning during the winter season for thousands of years. Hanging boughs over doorways and windows was common practice, as was decorating trees and bringing them into the home.
Over time things have evolved, and shiny plastic decorations commonly replace, and imitate, the decor found right outside our door!
We like to think nature does it best, so we asked you for your ideas for found, foraged and crafted natural holiday decorations. Here are the top 7 ideas we heard and a fun holiday craft from us!
1. Forage for a Green Wreath
Forage for green boughs and branches and twist them into a beautiful homemade wreath. Imperfection required. Best to find greenery in your backyard or forage what's fallen on the forest floor (we gathered ours after a windstorm!).
2. Branch Out with Candle Holders
Our Facebook friend Kimberley rescued her cedar tree from ice and created these beautiful wooden candle holders from a few of the branches. Try your own at home for a calm, candle-lit space.
Photo & candle holders by Wood Daze
3. Get Crafty for the Tree
Create your own tree ornaments from recycled items - try crafting up one of these paper birdies or follow the footsteps of our friends - try upcycling old mittens or repurpose old holiday scrapbooking materials. (Download our template for this Paper Birdie Ornament and have an evening in with your family!)
4. Try 'Found' Flower Arranging
Make your own center pieces and found flower arrangements with foraged red berries and branches. Try tying the stems together, wrapping the ends with burlap and hanging upside-down.
Photo from Houzz.com
5. Go Gilded and Glittered
Our friend Ami suggested shallacking (or gilding) leaves to give nature's bounty a little extra pizzaz.
Photo from Gardenista
6. Feed Feathered Friends
We heard a great idea to feed our feathered friends over the holidays with these pretty homemade pinecone feeders.
Photo and how-to by Fountain Avenue Kitchen
7. Make Strings of Natural Things
Snack and string with lengths of popcorn or craft up these cute chestnut ornaments. Follow these simple felting instructions to make the heads. For the hats and bodies, gather pine cones and acorn tops.
Download our Recycled Paper Birdie Craft. It makes for a fun and festive craft to make with your family!