During the holidays, many beautiful fruits and herbs are in season. Taking advantage of Mother Nature’s bounty makes it easy to save money while you decorate.
Sometimes, just a single natural element can bring your decorations to life. The possibilities are endless when you use a little creativity and imagination. Here are a handful of quick DIY ideas:
Edible place card holders
Try using pears or apples as place card holders. It personalizes the experience for your guests, and they can save the fruit as a snack for later.
Decorate with rosemary
A simple sprig of rosemary tied with twine can transform an ordinary place setting. You can also wrap the classic herb around candles or place it in Mason jars for a rustic look on your holiday table. Rosemary’s lovely fragrance is a bonus.
Other ideas: Weave sprigs of holly into your napkin rings and then use some of your tree trimmings combined with holly to decorate your mantle. Or wrap them around your staircase banister.
Make an edible wreath
Create a homemade wreath with natural greens, fresh fruit and berries that can double as a holiday centerpiece for your table.
Another idea: Take a skinny beveled mirror and put it in the middle of your dining table. Use greenery, pine cones and holly on the mirror to surround festive candles and ornaments for a show-stopping look.
Create a display using nature’s Christmas ornaments
Decorate a tiered cake stand with pomegranates and cranberries for a gorgeous coffee table or mantle display.
Here are a few more quick and easy ideas for making the holidays brighter:
- Create DIY Christmas ornaments by filling clear glass balls with greens, pine cones and holly to hang on your tree.
- Spray-paint branches with your favorite metallic colors, then glue on sparkling rhinestones and place in a vase.
- Fill lanterns with poinsettia and greens to hang on your porch.
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