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How to Decorate with Nature this Christmas

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

Every season is expressed by nature’s language. Nature knows how to perfectly decorate the landscape to create dramatically picturesque scenes that are just breathtaking. At Christmas we love to bring wild rustic foliage into our homes, the aromas of our Christmas furs and pines just enhances the whole experience. Beautiful festive decorations can be made with these natural materials adding warmth and comfort into your home. Fir and pine branches Natural fir or pine branches will bring an unforgettable scent into your home that artificial bottle fragrances will never capture. Before starting to decorate, you should remove all dead needles and allow the branches to soak in a bucket of water for some time. When thinking of where to put them, go for areas and surfaces that wouldn’t be disturbed as every touch to a pine branch will result in the loss of needles. Christmas Tree Twigs Twigs are so versatile. Simple place bouquets of sprigs in a floor vase or zinc bucket to create a stunning seasonal display. You can decorate them with Christmas ornaments, paper snowflakes or fairy lights. Small twigs are perfect for embellishing candles or glass tea light holder. Decorated Twigs Pine cones One of the most popular materials for Christmas decorations are pine cones. You can find these delightful nature decorations in many places, next time you do, makes sure you take home a bag full. Fill glass vessels with pine cones and put them on display, or cover with gold or silver paint and create beautiful yet inexpensive ornaments. Fixing them on a thread will make a lovely garland which you can hang above the fireplace or doorway. Place pine cones together with some natural greenery and candles into a large bowl and you will have an appealing and easy-to-make centrepiece for your festive table. Pine Cones Sprigs of holly Because of its strikingly red berries and shiny evergreen leaves, sprigs of holly make gorgeous festive adornments. Insert little holly sprigs into plain glass ornaments that you can find in any crafts store and embellish with some glitter, faux snow and one or two pinecones. Simple red and white are just perfect for a festive table, dress your napkins with a small piece of holly to bring the table setting alive. Christmas fern Every element of a fern is filled with the essence of Christmas.  Ferns are perfect for creating the most elegant and delightful centrepieces for your festive table. Their rich, intense green colour will enhance your colour scheme.  Use fern for the base of  your wreath  and accent with flowers, red berries or colourful Christmas ornaments for a personal design full of seasonal flair. [caption id="attachment_4181" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Rosehips and Magnolia Wreath, Berries & Baubles £95.00 Rosehips and Magnolia Wreath, Berries & Baubles £95.00[/caption] The cheat sheet Not all of us have the time or the creative skills to create our own Christmas decorations from nature, but thankfully some wonderful stores have done it for us.  Some maybe artificial but they look and feel authentic and what's more you can use them year after year. [caption id="attachment_4186" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Pinecone Wreath Set Of 2, Occa-Home £32.50 Pinecone Wreath Set Of 2, Occa-Home £32.50[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4189" align="aligncenter" width="471"]Orchard Harvest Wreath, Balsam Hill from £49.00 Orchard Harvest Wreath, Balsam Hill from £49.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4185" align="aligncenter" width="413"]Christmas advent wreath with fresh roses, Emily&Me Christmas advent wreath with fresh roses, Emily&Me[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_4184" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Fireplace garland swag, Emily&Me Fireplace garland swag, Emily&Me[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4193" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Glossy Red Berry Christmas Garland, Simply Add Style £8.00 Glossy Red Berry Christmas Garland, Simply Add Style £8.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4182" align="aligncenter" width="412"]Blue Pine Garland, Berries & Baubles £20.00 Blue Pine Garland, Berries & Baubles £20.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4192" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Christmas Rose Pine Cone Wreath, Simply Add Style £9.00 Christmas Rose Pine Cone Wreath, Simply Add Style £9.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4195" align="aligncenter" width="407"]Holly, Trees Direct £70.00 Holly, Trees Direct £70.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4196" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Red berry and fir table wreath, Wyevale Garden Centres £24.99 Red berry and fir table wreath, Wyevale Garden Centres £24.99[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4194" align="aligncenter" width="615"]Pine Cone Hanging Decoration, Tesco £2.00 Pine Cone Hanging Decoration, Tesco £2.00[/caption] It is important that we don't just decorate our living rooms, but ensure the Christmas spirit is found throughout our homes.  Here is some inspiration from nature for where you Eat Sleep Live. Eat [caption id="attachment_4188" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Holly Hand Painted Festive Teapot Christmas, Laura Lee Designs £30.00 Holly Hand Painted Festive Teapot Christmas, Laura Lee Designs £30.00[/caption] Sleep

[caption id="attachment_4183" align="aligncenter" width="477"]Fern Embroidered Duvet Cover, M&S from £69.00 Fern Embroidered Duvet Cover, M&S from £69.00[/caption] Live [caption id="attachment_4180" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Pine Cone Bookends, Artisanti £36.00 Pine Cone Bookends, Artisanti £36.00[/caption]  
 

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