Bringing The Outside In with Natural Holiday Decor

The following post is from Myra of My Blessed Life:

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It’s hard to believe that November is halfway gone and the holidays are quickly approaching! I love decorating for the holidays. Who doesn’t, right? Festivities, parties and giving {and watching my son’s face light up} inspire me to cozy up our home for this special time of year.

One of my favorite ways to prepare our home for the holidays is to bring a bit of the outdoors in.  It’s hard to beat the beauty, frugality and style of nature. Since temperatures are cooling, bugs, hopefully, aren’t living on the natural beauty that I want to use in our home.

Here are just a few ways to take advantage of the free holiday decor that might be right in your backyard…or in your neighbor’s:

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Magnolia Leaves: These beautiful leaves can be used in many different ways.  You can wire them together as a garland, apply them to a wreath,  or use them in a floral arrangement or centerpiece.  I especially love that the leaves are two-sided: one is shiny green and the other is like a brown velvet.  Decorating glamor at it’s finest!

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Pine Cones & Fir Cones: I love the versatility of pine cones and their narrower, feathery relation – the fir cone. They can be  used natural, glittered or painted. I’ve seen pine cones made into ornaments, wreaths, garlands and topiaries or keep it simple and fill a glass vase with them. Pine cones naturally evoke festivity!

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Sticks and Branches: If you’re looking for a chic, simple way to decorate for the holidays…sticks and branches are where it’s at!  They can be tied together {see picture} or arranged in a vase.  Ornaments or pine cones can be hung from the branches with fishing line. Sticks bring a fabulous architectural element to any holiday decor.

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Berries and Nuts: Decorating with berries and nuts adds brilliant color and great texture.  Surround pillar candles with nuts, string berries together or add them into an arrangement.  Fill a vase with nuts or berries for understated, simple decor. Please be sure to keep wild berries out of the reach of your children.

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Evergreen: This year I’m hoping to try something different…maybe, if I get brave. Freshly cut evergreen branches are beautiful and their scent is incredibly festive. They can be wired into garlands for your mantel or into wreaths for your front door and windows. Evergreen is the perfect addition to a holiday arrangement or vignette.

What is your favorite natural element to decorate with for the holidays?

Myra has a B.A. in Interior Design, is an allied-member of the American Society of Interior Designers and is currently self-employed. When she’s not spending time with her little man, thrifting, creating, shopping or working on a project, Myra enjoys date nights with her husband and blogging at My Blessed Life.