As the holiday season arrives, we thought it would be fun to share some ways to bring nature’s beauty inside as part of your holiday decorating. Check out this article with great ideas from Love Your Landscape.

With winter’s early sunsets and temperatures that often dip to unpleasant levels across the country, many of us long for a taste of the outdoors, a re-connection, of sorts, with nature. If the season’s seemingly endless darkness and dreary cold have left you longing for the great outdoors, consider bringing the outside indoors.

Let there be greens! Decorating with fresh greens is a wonderful way to add warmth and beauty to your home in the winter. Fill your mantel with an array of greens and intersperse candles, picture frames and other personal, ornamental touches. Add greens to chandeliers, staircase banisters, and as accents to tables and windowsills. There is no right or wrong way to decorate with greens; just play with a bounty of fresh greenery in varying textures until you get a look that pleases you. Consider magnolia leaves, juniper, cedar, boxwood and holly for starters. Look around your backyard and see what you have to work with. If you need additional items, most garden centers stock up for winter decorating.

Make a Pomander ball. If you have ever smelled a Pomander ball, the mere mention of one will likely transport you to happy place. Quite simply, these citrus atomizers smell like a combination of gingerbread and grandma’s cookies. They can be added to a decorative mantel, hung on wall sconces, or placed in a bowl for an ornamental touch. To make your own, create a pattern in an orange peel with a sharp tool and then fill the holes with whole cloves. For a magazine-ready look, crisscross a satin ribbon around the orange and tie it off prior to piercing it.

 

Make a pine cone wreath. Not all wreaths need to be green. Pine cones (and other dried plant materials) can be used to create eye-catching wreaths that welcome the season. You can create an elaborate wreath with layers of pine cones or a simple one with a round ring, a glue gun, plant material and decorative accessories like ribbons, cinnamon sticks, citrus peels, etc.

Original article (with additional ideas) can be found here: Love Your Landscape

 

 

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