Your mama may have told you not to play with your food when you were growing up but now that you're an adult you can do what you want. And I'm here to tell you that it's fun and eco-friendly to incorporate food into your holiday decor!
• In the photo above, you can see that I used cranberries to dress up my boxwood wreath. In years past I had used store bought plastic winter berries but then it started to seem silly to stick little pieces of plastic into a natural wreath. So this year I stuck cranberries onto toothpicks and then stuck them in the wreath. They add a lovely punch of color to the wreath and after the holidays the whole thing will be biodegradable. Well except for the ribbon, of course.
• One of the first holidays I spent in my own apartment, I didn't have many decorations to adorn my tree. As a fan of classic movies I had seen a lot of characters stringing popcorn for their trees. Besides the fact that I ate about as much popcorn as I strung, it all turned out to be a lovely, all natural garland on the Christmas tree. The same could also be done with the aforementioned cranberries, too!
• A bowl full of citrus can be an inviting, colorful sight during these dark winter months. You can also dry orange slices in the oven and use them for fragrant decorations. Hang the dried slices on a tree or place them in a bowl to create a centerpiece. For a little tutorial, visit this postFabulous Fragrant Fruit Decorations.
• I usually have a bowlful of apples in the refrigerator over the winter months. In addition to being a tasty treat, apples can be hollowed out and used as candle holders. There's a tool available that will hollow the apple just enough to fit a tea light but you can just as easily do the job with a pairing knife and a little patience.
Do you have other uses for foodstuffs in decorating? Share them with us in the comments section!
Image: Jason Loper