This post is part of 31 day series – 31 days to decorate your home on a budget. You can catch up on all the posts in this series here.
I don’t think I quite realized all the ways you could use nature or natural elements to decorate your house until I started following frugal décor blogs 2 years ago.
Nature is all around you (just step out in your backyard!) and the best part is it is FREE! So take a look around outside or the next time you are at the park and imagine using some of the things you see as décor in your home. Some of it will be seasonal, some can be used year round.
Here’s some ways I use nature to decorate in my home…
My all time-favorite wreath made with magnolia leaves.
Simple and easy to make – start with some clean, dry magnolia leaves. (You can either use the already –brown ones, or flip over the green leaves to the other side which is brown.)
I used a grapevine wreath and tucked them in here and there securing with dots of hot glue.
Add in some berry sprays and a bow made with burlap scraps and you have a gorgeous, natural wreath!
I have shells, starfish, and sand dollars in my nautical themed bathroom collected from our vacations at the beach.
And here are some fall-themed decorations made from nature:
Pinecone wreath with candle as a centerpiece
Another centerpiece using pinecones and fall leaves as fillers around a candle
Here’s how to create something like this: Use any bowl that you have (I put coasters in the bottom to raise the candle up higher.)
Then add in your fillers – pinecones, fall leaves, acorns, whatever you want. And you have a quick, easy, and FREE centerpiece!
Here’s another idea: fill any bowl or container with acorns (or any kind of nuts), add a candle, and you have a festive another centerpiece.
These are Dollar Store hurricanes that you might have seen floating all around blog land. There are so many ways to decorate with these. I simply filled them with pinecones, and scattered some fall leaves on the table. Simple, easy, and cute!
More pinecones filling my huge lantern.
Before bringing nature inside, make sure it is free from any little un-wanted friends!
A couple ways you can do this:
Bake pinecones, acorns, etc. in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes (make sure to cover a baking sheet with foil or a paper bag.) Baking them will rid them of bugs, help open the pinecones up, and clean out unwanted sap.
You can also wash pinecones, nuts, etc. in a sink full of warm water mixed with 1/2 cup to 1 cup of vinegar. Let them soak for 20 to 30 minutes, then let air dry.
If you wish, you can then spray with a clear varnish or clear acrylic.
And here’s some nature inspired décor I found around the web (click on the picture to be taken to the original site.)
(Sorry, fall ideas seemed to overwhelm every search I did, but decorating with nature can be done in EVERY season! But it does seem like this season is the perfect time to decorate with nature! )
Pumpkin nestled on leaves sitting atop a white urn
Pinecones as topiaries!
Pinecones, nuts, various elements surrounding candles in a tray
Shells and sand
Berry sprays, but even better – leaves pressed and then framed (need to remember to find some good leaves when they turn color this year to do this!)
Love this! Wish our leaves were changing colors already – I would bring in branch cuttings like this – so pretty!
So pretty – for Thanksgiving or Christmas
Moss, canning jar, and candle
Or just a plain tree branch painted white!
More natural fall décor
Love this candle surrounded by corn husks!
Or a corn husk wreath
Or candle surrounded by twigs
More fall filler
Decorating with items from the kitchen
Robin’s egg nest (perfect for spring)
Wreath made of walnuts
Bowl full of pinecones
Decorating with pumpkins, squash, etc..
Acorn Christmas ornament
Dried corn kernel candle filler
Love this fall table scape!
And one last one by the Lettered Cottage! This mantel incorporates many forms of nature and it so pretty!
So how about you? Do you use nature to decorate your home?
Do you have some non-fall themed nature decorating tips?
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