How to Decorate for Christmas Using Natural Elements

Christmas comes in so many shapes and sizes (so to speak) and of course everybody has their own take on how to decorate and dress their home and the day. There will be gold and sparkles, bright colours and baubles in all sizes, pink trees, white trees, real trees, fake trees, as well as any kinds of lights you can imagine. If, however, you like to keep things more natural (you know, less pink, less gold, less ‘bling’), then choosing natural elements for your decorations might be the best way to go. Nature is very good at providing us with a huge amount of inspiration as well as all the bits and pieces needed for this look. Pared back (just a little), a touch rustic, and of course very natural is a cosy look that is equally suited to the traditionalist as it is to the minimalist.


It does of course all start with the tree which should be real. Sorry, no plastic tree will do. And it should be standing in a basket, a wooden box or maybe a large galvanised metal bucket. Again, you will need to do away with any plastic stands – or at the very least hide said stand under some cotton or linen fabric.

Pinecone Garland

Then there are of course all the small details. Pine cones are the obvious choice for decoration and can be used in many ways: for table decorations, instead of baubles, as small holders for for name cards, as decorations for gifts and as garlands.

Dried Fruit

Dried orange slices are another natural classic. String them up with twine as tree or wreath decorations or keep them piled up in a bowl on your table or mantlepiece. There’s definitely something very christmassy about their colour, don’t you think?


Don’t forget to include your table decorations and small things like napkin rings. Ornaments made from small twigs are perfect for the natural look and will last you year after year. Combine them with other items like twine, dried orange slices, dried eucalyptus branches, pine cones – anything you like really – and place onto cotton or linen napkins. No man-made fibres here!


As mentioned right at the beginning, this look is really well suited for anybody who likes a traditional Christmas feel and it doesn’t get more traditional than a handmade wreath with a mix of real foliage. You can – ahem, at a push – add a little bit of glitter if you must, but the overall idea is to keep it as green as possible. Alternatively, you could use a wreath made from twigs with just a few pieces of green for decoration.

Gift Wrap

Lastly, don’t forget to carry the theme through to the gifts. Adding the same small touches to your wrapping that you have added to your table will give your whole setup a cohesive look and whoever receives a present that has been wrapped with so much care and attention to details probably won’t mind that it only contains a pair of socks. Just don’t take my word for it.

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Originally from Paris, Carole previously lived in Germany and settled in London in 2009. Initially aspiring to become an interior designer, Carole soon discovered that she hated drawing floor plans, but loved putting the finishing touches in after the main build was done. Since then, she’s never looked back and has eked out a career as an in-demand interiors stylist here in the UK.