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Naturally Festive: Effortless Organic Holiday Decorations That Last Forever

published Dec 9, 2016
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With the leaves falling and the temperatures cooling, there is no better time of year to bring a little bit of the outdoors in. Not only are organic decorations an incredibly easy and affordable option, but they also evoke the spirit of the season perfectly. So many organic elements naturally find their way into your home, from Christmas trees and garlands, to meals cooked with aromatic herbs and spices like cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary. Wreaths are decorated with twigs and berries. Pinecones are strung onto garlands. Santa leaves bright and shiny oranges for good little boys and girls. So I’ve rounded up some beautiful and natural decoration ideas that will not only look beautiful, but only take a quick trip into your backyard to create!

Above, A “Cozy” Gift Exchange Party by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Eucalyptus leaves and shiny gold decorations are a subtle, yet cheerful way to add holiday cheer to your dinner party. If you’re lucky to have a tree nearby, you can simply pluck them from your own yard.

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Holiday Table Setting from Tending the Table

Bright red berries add a pop of color amongst greenery. String together cranberries into a garland for the tree, or artfully arrange them on a tabletop or in a wreath.

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Wreath Workshop by Moon Canyon for Designlovefest

If you’re not a fan of green and red, you can add citrus, orange berries, and autumn leaves for a fun and unexpected holiday color scheme.

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Simple Pussywillow Wreath from The Wreath Recipe Book

Start with a pussywillow base and add whatever foliage you’d like. The options are limitless when it comes to greenery, berries, pinecones, and other organic elements. Via Gardenista.

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DIY Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland from The Sweetest Occasion

Gather a few pinecones (or find them at the craft store) and simply string them on some twine for an elegant and easy garland.

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DIY Holiday Citrus Wreath from Poppytalk

This holiday wreath is constructed using evergreen and rosemary with bright pops of citrus to add cheerful color to your decor. It’s good enough to eat!

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How Per Olav Sølvberg Does Christmas via Coco Lapine Design

This modern home maintains an elegant atmosphere while introducing tons of neutral, organic elements. Little potted evergreens make a lovely table centerpiece, and even and undecorated Christmas tree evokes the holiday spirit.

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Fresh Mini Christmas Trees from Say Yes

These delightful mini trees were made using scraps from the local Christmas tree farm. They’re perfect for lining up along the mantle and easy enough to make for even the most novice among us.

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Branch Stocking Display from The Merrythought

Two easy ways to add organic elements to your home: Hang decorations from a branch or stuff your stockings with festive foliage.

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Green Ornaments via VT Wonen

If you don’t have space for tons of decorating, stick some greenery in clear glass ornaments and string them from the ceiling. Done!