4 Natural DIY Holiday Decorations

It’s that time of year! We’re all getting ready to deck the halls with holiday decor. If you’re trying to have a more eco-friendly holiday, you probably want to forgo the cheap plastic and paper decorations that will likely be headed to the landfill after a season or two. Instead, why not decorate with some of these all natural options that you can compost come January?

1. Gourds

Gourds are gorgeous and versatile! A cluster of different shaped gourds on the porch or as a table centerpiece adds a touch of fall flair. I also love Martha Stewart’s gourd garland project. Sure, she lists it as Halloween decor, but that fall feel can absolutely last through December.

If you want to really up the wow factor, check out the carved squash centerpiece from Paper Plate and Plane. What a beautiful way to spruce up a centerpiece or mantle!

>>Next: Pine Cones

pine cones

2. Pine Cones

Pine cones are another natural material that makes a lovely garland. Just use natural twine to tie knots around the tops, and you’re ready to string it over a doorway or along a wall that needs some holiday cheer.

I also love this pine cone chandelier from Dollar Store Crafts! Her directions call for faux flowers, but you could use dried flowers instead to make this an all natural project.

>>Next: Fall Leaves

fall leaves

3. Fall Leaves

It might be too late for some folks, but in warmer areas you can still find leaves in beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows. These look lovely scattered on a tabletop or a mantle.

Creating leaf bouquets is a fun project to do with kids, and you can hang your colorful creations with twine in doorways, from the mantle, or anywhere that you want a pop of fall color.

>>Next: Sticks and Twigs

natural holiday wreath

4. Sticks and Twigs

Sticks and twigs add a lovely, rustic feel to holiday decor. You can weave them into lovely wreaths, like the one pictured above or keep it more simple, arranging them in a vase with pretty, colored pebbles and marbles in the bottom. I really like the wreath in the photo, because rather than the ribbons and holiday trappings you’d expect, they embellished it with Spanish moss and air plants.

To up the festive feel even more, stick pretty ornaments onto the ends of your sticks to create sweet little ornament trees!

Have you guys been making any fun, natural decorations? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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Image Credits:
Gourds. Creative Commons photo by a2gemma
Pine Cones. Creative Commons photo by Pink Sherbet Photography
Fall Leaves. Creative Commons photo via US Fish and Wildlife Service – Midwest Region
Wreath. Creative Commons photo by Turtlemom Nancy


Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

A colourful life doesn't cost much

Judith C.
Judith C3 years ago

Thank you

Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoni3 years ago


Val M.
Val M5 years ago


Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan5 years ago

Sticks,twigs and fallen leaves! What a beautiful way to decorate our house! fantastic ideas! Thanks.

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T5 years ago

Great ideas, thanks so much..

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson5 years ago

Fun!!..recycle an old basket or planter, by covering the outside with pinecones!!

ANA MARIJA R5 years ago

:)) ...Thank you!

Diane Piecara
Diane Piecara5 years ago

The simple beauty and inspiring miracle of nature. Nothing comes close. Thanks.