Inspired by the huge redwood tree in our backyard, I decided to decorate for the holidays by foraging greenery and yard waste while on a morning walk. I figured our tree would supply the bulk of what was needed and I would add details with what I was able to gather. Pasadena is abundant with mature trees and a variety of plants so I knew I would be able to find a nice amount of greenery for the mantle, a table centerpiece and a few nice details for our presents. Living more sustainably is a main resolution for next year and this was a perfect way to start that habit.
here are some ways that I foraged for waste-free holiday decor:
Branches: I found two short branches that had fallen off of a tree and used them along the back of the mantle to fill it out and also to give the leaves something to rest on. This added height and texture.
Greenery: I grabbed some leaves off of our redwood tree to use as the main element for the mantle garland. This filled a lot of the space and it smells like Christmas which is a nice added bonus. I really like having various textures for bouquets or any type of arrangement so I gathered many different types of pine-like greens and even added some Ivy. This is the base for the mantle.
Pine Cones are by far my favorite winter element and I found a few hanging around our neighborhood that I used to add detail to the mantle. I also stashed a few in corners around the house and added some to our Christmas tree.
Berries are also another great way to finish off a gift or add detail to the mantle. I found three varieties: a dark, an orange and a red. I used the berries to add a splash of color to my various arrangements.
Rosemary: Is super abundant in our neighborhood so I grabbed some from a few houses and used it to add another texture to the mantle and table decor. Rosemary never lets me down when I have to travel with gifts. It always stays intact and remains fragrant which is more than I can say for any store-bought bows. The adhesive on those are a joke right?
Fallen leaves: We have some beautiful bright red sycamore trees in our neighborhood and their vibrant leaves are all over the yards. These were a nice addition of color and a great way to add a pattern to the brown paper that I use for wrapping.
What are some ways that you like to use natural elements to decorate?