Many people cut costs with their holiday decorations in order to go full-force with gift-giving. Don’t let the cost of decorating discourage you from bringing holiday cheer into your apartment! With these 7 creative ideas, you can head outdoors to find these free materials so you can make holiday decorations that are friendly to both the environment and your pocketbook.
1) Boughs of Natural Beauty
Find fallen tree branches measuring 16 – 24 inches long, and tie a thick ribbon on both ends. Make sure there is enough slack on the ribbon for you to hang the branch.
Take cuttings of pine trees, branches of holly, berries, and other rustic foliage that is fresh and healthy this time of year. Wrap your cuttings around your main branch, and affix it with either string or wire. Hang the bough on your wall for a outdoorsy Winter Wonderland vibe!
2) Rustic Gnome Santas
These are super simple, and look festive in large numbers placed in a basket!
Locate branches outdoors that are as thick as a quarter. Using a sharp knife, whittle away about 2 inches from the top of the branch to form a cone-like point. Clean the stick up with a dry rag, and paint the top pointed cone part of the stick red, like a red Santa hat. Paint a plain face below the red, and then complete your rustic Santas with an upside down triangle of white beneath the face to form a white beard.
3) A Homemade Wreath
Collect long branches of pine, fir, grapevines, and similar plants. Curve these materials into a round shape for a wreath. Use wire from a coat hanger (or floral wire if you have some) to wrap the layers of vines and branches around each other. Keep doing this until you have a substantial wreath.
You can then add a few inexpensive baubles or ornaments to gussy it up a little. Using a wide piece of ribbon, you can hang it in a prominent places inside your home or from your front door.
4) Pine Cone Ornaments
These look really best in a group, whether hung in a cluster with each string being a different length, or strung up next to each other a few inches apart.
Start by scouring your yard, neighborhood, or park for pine cones in good condition. paint the tips with white paint or paint them all over in a variety of colors. Tie a piece of string around the base of the cone, but be sure to leave a loop to hang them up.
5) Natural Centerpiece
You can create a delightful centerpiece on your dining room table by gathering pine cones, fir branches, acorns, and other items from nature. Place a few pillar candles (or solar-powered Luci Lights!) around the branches to complete the look.
6) Botanical Candles
Stand leaves or pieces of spruce and pine vertically around pillar candles no smaller than 3 inches in diameter. Secure the foliage in place by wrapping a piece of ribbon them. Make sure your flora isn’t too high or near the wick.
7) Simple Stems
Find some long and leafless twigs, and place them into a tall clear vase. Wrap a ribbon around the vase for extra holiday vibes. Look for a battery-operated strand of LED lights, and decorate the branches to make them twinkle.