When it comes to holiday decorating, organic materials are a timeless way to add festive charm without the hefty price tag. Their roots are long founded in the traditions of the past, when nature was the sole source of our nourishment and physical displays of celebration. Here are just two simple and cost effective ways to decorate with organic charm!
Pine Cone Garland
For those of you that have been following along with my blog, you'll know that these pine cones have served well for many of my seasonal decor pieces. So, if you are able to gather a grain sack of them during autumn from your local farm or parkland, then I highly recommend saving them for your Christmas decor. Although you can buy pine cones at a craft store all year round, they are often fake and will cost more that what you will ever pay if you collect them yourself. Plus, nothing can recreate the eco fresh scent that only nature can provide.
The garland I made for my mantle was put together all in less than the time it takes to finish off a hot cuppa! All you need are pipe cleaners or your ribbon of choice to fasten around the end of the cones, creating a small loop at the base. Thread twine or festive red and white string through your loops, and simply gather the cones together in an arrangement that you like best. I added small branches of dried gypsophila between my cones, however magnolia leaves, red berries or fairy lights strewn throughout are wonderful additions too!
Dried Orange Ornaments
The golden glass like form of sliced and dried oranges, makes them the perfect addition to your tree, wreath or garland. I hung mine with natural jute twine, but they would look just as lovely threaded with a rich, silkly ribbon or bow.
Dried oranges also help to ground your festive decor, particularly if you are using faux trees and garlands. Adding dried clove or rosemary to them, is a special way to amplify the scent and allure of these natural ornaments for the home this holiday season.