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Natural Christmas Decorations for the Entire Home

December 7, 2018 (Last Updated: December 17, 2018)

Here are a few colorful, all-natural DIY Christmas ideas for the grownup that likes to sip a minty cocktail and get crafty! Forget the tinsely, plastic ornaments and chemical potpourris!  Let’s create a recyclable, compostable, decomposable, perfectly elegant Christmas!

A colorful Christmas tree decorated with flowers and dry orange ornaments.

I spent the entire weekend drinking snowy cocktails, tying roses together, spinning yarn around paper mache, trimming eucalyptus and sewing star anise to orange slices and I feel so giddy, I can barely sleep!

A marble table covered with flowers and string.

I haven’t even watched a Christmas movie yet because I’m too busy staring at my flowery christmas tree for hours on end and making Christmas cocktail party playlists!

a colorful christmas tree decorated with flowers and dried orange slices.

My place smells like absolute heaven! You’d figure that with the christmas tree, all the roses, lavender, orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and simmering bone broth (for my favorite soup – French onion soup!) all the smells would clash or be overwhelming, but everything is so subtle, that depending where you are in the apartment, there’s a different, beautiful fragrant Christmas ghost that follows you.

dry orange slices and star anise piled on a white marble table.

All of these decorations are so simple to make and transform your home into such a lovely, peaceful place.

Floral christmas decorations and trees made of yarn on a mantle.

1. Homemade Flower Ornaments

I used different color roses and lavender to make these pretty flower ornaments! I simply dried a whole bunch (6 dozen bunches to be exact) for 3 weeks and tied them up in pretty bouquets. Then, I tied them to my tree with little strings. I’ve never had a tree more colorful!

How to Make Homemade Flower Ornaments

A small bouquet of roses and lavender tied to a christmas tree bough.

Then I put baby’s breath all over the tree that looks just like snow! The lights look SO shiny behind it! And the best thing about these flowers is that they’ll look beautiful all season on your tree!

A christmas tree with baby's breath and flower decorations.

2. Dried Citrus Ornaments

The flowers, alone, were very pretty, but I still wanted to hang christmas ornaments from my tree. So I sliced some oranges, baked them and sewed little star anise to the centers!

They look like pretty stained glass when they’re hung in front of a christmas light, especially when the room is dark!

How to Make Dried Citrus Christmas Ornaments

A dried orange slice with star anise in the center hanging on a christmas tree.

3. A Eucalyptus and Rose Mantle

I always love garlands and pine greenery on a Christmas mantle, but it dies so quickly and just looks wilted. Eucalyptus, on the other hand, dries much prettier and smells divine!

I simply trimmed 2 bunches of eucalyptus and placed it around my mantle decorations, added a few roses and a little baby’s breath, and it looked so fresh and colorful! I also added a lovely vase of eucalyptus and ilex to make it brighter.

Floral christmas decorations and trees made of yarn on a mantle.

Although I’m a practicing Buddhist, Christmas is my very favorite holiday. A time for peace and joy and loving one another. Everything Christianity and Buddhism is about.

A buddha statue on a mantle surrounded by floral Christmas decorations.

So I place my favorite Buddha, and the beautiful Madonna my grandmother gave me on my Christmas mantle. I would sing and talk to this statue when I was very little, so my grandmother left it to me. It always makes me think of her… that’s her in the wedding dress 😉

A virgin Mary statue on a mantle beside a vintage wedding photograph, surrounded by flowers.

4. Yarn Christmas Tree Decorations

These soft, snowy christmas trees are so, so easy to make and require just a bit of yarn, paper mache cones, a few snowball pompoms and a little bit of glue. They turn any Christmas mantle into a winter wonderland!

How to Make DIY Christmas Tree Decorations

A small christmas tree made of yarn on a mantle decorated with dry roses and eucalyptus.

5. Clove Oranges

Lastly, let’s make our place smell even more delicious! For me, the smell of Christmas is clove and orange. You simply pierce them all over with cloves, and the cloves preserve the orange so it doesn’t go bad.

It smells TRULY divine, and they look so pretty in a basket with holly or pine cones, in a bowl in the kitchen or bathroom, or simply placed under the christmas tree!

Oranges on a wooden tray. One is pierced with clove, others are sliced.

I hope you have a magical natural Christmas this year! From my heart to yours, Merry Christmas and have a lovely holiday!

For more inspiration, follow me on INSTAGRAM @shekeepsalovelyhome, on PINTEREST and FACEBOOK! And if you make any of these natural christmas decorations, or any of my tasty drinks or treats, take a picture and tag me. I want to see!

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  • Reply
    December 13, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Normally I don’t much care for the flavor text in these sorts of things, I come for ideas and go along my merry way, but your story about your grandma is so sweet.
    Coincidentally I’m also a practicing Buddhist who loves Christmas. Who can’t get behind a holiday of light and and love, spending time with family and giving them gifts and baked goods.
    Lovely article, thanks for all the ideas.

    • Reply
      Genevieve Morrison
      December 13, 2019 at 9:40 pm

      Aww, thank you so much! I completely agree. It’s a time of year to love people and make things beautiful for me, and no matter whether you’re a christian, jew, muslim, Buddhist, and/or atheist, everyone can appreciate the food, the color, the light and togetherness. I’ll always celebrate Christmas as a Buddhist… the meditation also helps with the more stressful times of the Christmas season 😉

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    December 8, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Love this! How nice!

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    Lorilyn Darce
    December 8, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Again Genevieve!
    Your Madonna and child white statue is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. So unique – I’d be surprised if there is another one out there like it. What a lovely memory to carry throughout your family history. *** I just looked at your fondue party. My Mom used to have fondue parties in the 70’s. I have an electric fondue pot she bought an a garage sale for $7 that she would put oil in and everyone cooked raw meats and vegetables. I like your idea of roasting the vegetables for the cheese pot. ** Like you a work full-time and I’ve had trouble getting my blog up – but I got laid off (I’m a mortgage underwriter) in early November and I’m hoping to employ some help to get started after the holidays. *** I used dried roses to create the decor for my “Hauntingly Elegant Wine Club” this fall. You can see my photos on Pinterest board & group Facebook page “S I P [Social Interactions and Parties]. I posted your Madonna on my Facebook page. Happy Holidays!

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      Genevieve Morrison
      December 10, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you very much! It’s been a very crafty season so far. I’m sorry to hear about your employment situation. That’s never easy. Hopefully you can use some time to get inspired and work on projects you care about for your blog. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

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