DIY projects allow you to create decorations exactly to your liking and can usually stay affordable. Here are ideas for decking the halls using natural materials.
Affordable and Sustainable
I love to transform my home into a holly-jolly oasis during the holiday season. Even a single strand of string lights can change my mood. However, holiday decor can sometimes come with a hefty price tag. DIY decorations are a great way to get into the spirit without breaking the bank (and they are fun to make!) I enjoy using natural materials in my projects when I can, not only for the organic aesthetic that I am drawn to, but to practice being more sustainable as well.
Here are a few of my favorite DIY decorations:
Dried Orange Slice Garland
Using orange slices as a holiday decoration is an old tradition and luckily, they are very simple and inexpensive to make. I used a food dehydrator to dry mine, but an oven works too. Once they are dried, simply string it through some yarn or twine and you’ve got yourself a garland. Drying lemons, limes, and blood oranges is a great way to get a variety of hues. I added pine cones to my latest garland for an extra festive look. Store orange slices in an airtight container after use, and they can be pulled out year after year.
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Anise Star Wreath
Anise stars are so unique and magical, so making this wreath was a treat! All that is needed is a bag of anise stars, a wooden embroidery hoop, and a hot glue gun. Anise stars can be purchased online or at a local retailer. I got a large bag from WFH Oriental Market in the Strip District. I finished my wreath off with a bit of glitter paint, because what are the holidays without a bit of sparkle! The best part about this wreath are the whiffs of anise I smell when walking by.
My yard is full of trees, so it’s a no-brainer for me to use what is on the ground when I can! Last year, a huge branch fell from my willow tree and into the street. Instead of throwing it away, I made my first art installation. Apparently, a few nails and twine is all you need to suspend a tree from the ceiling. I wrapped the tree in fairy lights and used it for a few different seasons! I got so many compliments from guests, and I enjoyed it immensely.
I am always looking for new ways to use nature as decor and make things with my own hands when I can!