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Decorating Naturally

Dec 05, 2011

Just recently I had the opportunity to create my very own holiday decorations at the Runge Conservation Nature Center. There were several craft stations setup throughout the building, each with a different idea on how to decorate your home using natural materials to create items such as place cards, candle rings and greeting cards. One of my favorite crafts was making pine cone flowers, using sliced pine cone, scouring rush and bittersweet, and then using them to garnish my wreath.

Decorating naturally is a fun and inexpensive way to bring the Missouri outdoors into your home this holiday season. It can be as simple as putting sweet gum fruit ornaments on your tree and wrapping the whole thing in a possumhaw (deciduous holly) garland to making a grapevine or buckbrush wreath, which you can enjoy all year round.

When collecting items to decorate with you must remain conscientious of what materials you are harvesting. If not collecting on your own property, make sure you obtain permission from the proper area authorities beforehand. Below is a list of some great natural items that are safe and beautiful to help you deck your halls.

Cedar and pine boughs: Cut straight from the tree in different lengths. Use for decorating cards, wreaths or candle rings.

Possumhaw (deciduous holly): Cut straight from the bush in different lengths. Use for garland or on wreaths.

Grapevine Stems: Use while still a little moist to make wreaths.

Sweet everlasting flower heads: Dry before using. Use for decorating cards, wreaths, candle rings or to make a bouquet.

Milkweed pods: Dry before using. Use for decorating cards, wreaths, candle rings or to make a bouquet.

Sweet gum fruit: Spray paint and/or add toothpicks to make ornamental stars for the tree.

Scouring Rush: Use for decorating cards, wreaths, candle rings or to make a bouquet.

Pine cones: Cut across the axis to make flowers to use for decorating cards, wreaths or candle rings. Or use whole as ornaments for tree.

Osage orange fruit aka Hedge apples: Slice and dry. Use for decorating cards, wreaths or candle rings.

Kentucky Coffee tree pods: Dry before using. Use for decorating cards, wreaths, candle rings or to make a bouquet.

Acorns: Use for decorating cards, wreaths, candle rings or to make a bouquet.

Rattlesnake Master fruiting heads: Dry before using. Use for decorating cards, wreaths, candle rings or to make a bouquet.

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With the festive season coming in few days, this might be a good idea to decorate my houses with these natural decoration techniques. As this method is eco friendly it is also good for our environment as well. With these decorative flowers my house is sure to become a heaven on this festive season.

Last year I took several Staghorn Sumac stems of berries and made 5-point stars with them. We then hung them from the rafters in our house for the holidays. Each bundle of berries was perfect for the point of a star and the red color was great for the season. So much beauty in nature!

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