Christmas is coming and I wanted to share with you some lovely, vintage ideas for putting together an authentic and beautiful decor which is also eco! When I say eco I mean using natural plant/wood materials that can be found in the forest or inexpensively at your local garden centre. Avoid buying plastic or one hit wonders that you will use only once then consign to landfill.
Here I think less is more, simple decor with fresh rustic and warm decorations are so much more satisfying!
A hot glue gun is the most un-eco item I would recommend the rest can be things you find around the house, in the garden or in the shed….
The Front Door
How to greet your friends and family when they visit over the festivities?
Simplicity at it’s best!
Beautiful Mophead Hydrangea
Eucalyptus twigs on a simple metal frame
A little window pane fashioned from twigs and berries, love the little robin!
Having a basket or bucket filled with logs, pine cones and Christmas tree fir with added battery operated lights can give a simple warm welcome.
Lanterns – love them! Not only for Christmas!
A playful little message….
For those lucky to have, it is a fabulous focal point and comes into its own at Christmas. For anyone who read blog I wrote about the Principles of Design using some basic tips you can create a wonderful arrangement.
Taking 3 or 5 foliage types and 3 or 5 candles you can arrange asymmetrically with perfect balance. Note the candles are on the left and balanced by the taller twigs on the right. An informal arrangement like this is easy to achieve and won’t break the bank either. If you live near a forest or garden centre you can’t really go wrong!
For those who don’t have a mantle piece, any window sill will also do the trick!
The Advent Arrangement
Traditionally as a wreath but you can switch things up for a bit of interest instead of the same thing every year!
An Advent Log
Taking a log and carving four holes for the candles… a glue gun is very useful for attaching pine cones and other items of greener.
An Advent Tray, Bowl or Planter ……
You can use many things to place your candles and greenery in…
…..a simple bowl with arranged succulents/pine cones/pine fronds and a little brown ribbon around the base of each candle with the numbers 1-4.
The Christmas Tree…
How to be eco….
The artificial tree can very economic and a decent alternative when you think of how many years you will be using it. I hope someone soon can make a realistic looking tree out of PET bottles!! This would take away the negative side of artificial trees which is that they cannot be fully recycled.
You can have some fun with fake as well….
Or the real thing…. which although is not so eco in that you have you use a new one every year.. it can be recycled for mulch.
A potted Christmas tree is the best option if you want to be eco. You can plant it outside when Christmas is over and it can be used year after year provided you find a good spot for it and keep it regularly watered throughout the year! Here a galvanised bucket can look rustic and refined!
Hope this might have given you a little inspiration to prepare some easy and unusual little touches….
Thanks for reading.
P.S We have two cats who are not interested in our tree….. however it would appear that not all cats are so well behaved!