There is inspiration for holiday decor nearly everywhere at this time of year. You can find extravagant displays at craft and holiday shops. Elaborate designs are posted on Internet sites such as Pinterest and Facebook.
Inspiration is also right outside your front door. When you bring the outdoors in to decorate, you’ll save money and easy on the environment.
My friend tells a story that each December when she was a little girl, her mother made her sneak into her neighbor’s yard and bring back magnolia leaves to display on their fireplace mantel.
My friend’s mother was right on one front, but not about stealing. She knew that magnolia leaves are a beautiful way to decorate for the holidays.
I use the leaves from my tree as the base for a centerpiece. The truth is that any pretty leaves will do. You can also use backyard greenery in flower arrangements, wreaths and garlands.
A bouquet of branches can also be used to decorate your home. Tie them to your banisters in bundles or add them to other areas. Add color to arrangements with a few winter berries such as nandina, holly or pyracantha.
Fruits on tables, shelves and mantels are also perfect for fall and winter. Mixing them in with pumpkins, gourds, pears or shiny apples is both beautiful and budget-friendly.
Arrange natural items that symbolize the season in a large glass hurricane vase for a simple but festive look. Branches, pinecones and berries can be breathtaking. Dangle a few ornaments from the sturdier branches for extra impact.
Let nature inspire you. Make napkin rings with twine and cinnamon sticks. Fresh cranberries can add a touch of color.
This season, there’s no need to splurge on expensive holiday decor. By bringing some of nature’s finest and freshest ingredients inside, you’ll create a lovely display.
Terri Bennett is the author of “Do Your Part.” Send questions to terridoyourpart.com.