Nature-inspired Christmas decorations always add a special touch to a holiday gathering. I love the rustic look, feel, and smell of a live tree. There are many ways you can add a touch of nature to your Christmas decorations, even if you prefer artificial trees. Incorporating natural elements such as sticks, fresh greenery, pinecones, and fresh flowers, really brings the feel of the holiday season into your home. Your home will be holiday-ready with these nature-inspired Christmas project ideas for kids.
Christmas Tree Ornaments
1. Woodland Elf Christmas Ornament
This woodland elf ornament is such a cute idea. I love the little acorn cap and felt scarf. This project is simple enough to make with your kids. You could make many of them all slightly different with multi-colored scarves to represent specific members of your family.
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2. Wood Slice Snowmen
I love the look of handcrafted wood ornaments. These wood slice snowmen are so adorable. You can make them in various sizes and scarf colors. These would also make great gifts! Make one represent each member of your family.
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3. Snowflake Wood Round Ornament
This snowflake wood round ornament is one of my favorite nature-inspired ornaments. I just love the clean and modern look of wood ornaments on a Christmas tree. It will truly stand out among silvery ornaments, candy canes, lights, and ribbons on the tree.
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4. Oversize Pinecone Ornament
Check out this beautiful DIY metallic-sprayed pinecone ornament. You will need to find a sparkly wire-edged ribbon to pair with an oversize pinecone. You can make metallic-sprayed pinecones to make your spiky pinecone shine on your tree. I love this craft using a gold or silver wire-edged ribbon.
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5. Seashell Ornament
These seashell sparkly ornaments are perfect for the holidays. I know my children would be so excited to use the shells they found at the beach to make new Christmas tree ornaments. Every time they see the ornament, they will be reminded of fun family days at the beach.
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6. Natural Straw Stars
Natural Straw Stars make great Christmas tree ornaments. The different colors you can make with straw are very interesting and beautiful. These would make a great conversation starter for when you have company over for the holidays.
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7. Paper Christmas Ornament
Paper Christmas ornaments are so much fun to make. This is a project that you can even make with your little ones. Just be sure to use caution as this project requires using hot glue. Your family will enjoy making their own paper ornaments year after year.
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Tablescapes & Center Pieces
8. Natural Burlap Table Runner
If you love the look of a natural, rustic dining table for the holidays, you may be interested in this beautiful natural burlap table runner. I love this table runner because you can use it not only for Christmas but all winter long.
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9. Holly & Pinecone Centerpieces
This is a very simple DIY centerpiece project. These are perfect for a special event, or to display beautiful items from nature on your coffee table for Christmas. I recommend using plain glass vases or long-stemmed glasses as pictured for this project.
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10. DIY Candle Christmas Centerpiece
This DIY candle centerpiece is perfect for Christmas. You can incorporate pillar candles, fresh flowers, winter berries, natural birch branches, and any other natural items that come to mind. You can cover it with pinecones or layer pinecones to make it feel like Christmas.
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11. Sticks & Pom-Pom Glass Cylinder Centerpiece
This sticks and pom-pom centerpiece project uses items from nature to create a minimalist look for your holiday table. This natural holiday centerpiece is one that anyone can put together, especially if you are on a budget. You can use a red or green ribbon around the vase for Christmas.
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12. Doily Christmas Trees
How gorgeous are these doily Christmas trees? This is one of my favorite centerpiece ideas for the holidays. These centerpieces are made from paper doilies that transform your dining room table into a beautiful winter wonderland. You can even include bright berries to add a pop of color.
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13. Christmas Lantern
This Christmas lantern centerpiece is stunning. You can use a pillar candle or cranberry-color candle for this project. There is so much warmth and traditional holiday color that radiates from this natural holiday centerpiece. You can add brown twigs, pinecones, and seasonal greenery to capture nature.
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14. DIY Reindeer Centerpiece
Now, this is a fun centerpiece! You can use tree branches or actual antlers for this reindeer centerpiece idea. You will need a narrow glass vase and a red bell for Rudolph's nose. This is a very simple and inexpensive centerpiece that incorporates bits of nature for your holiday dinner table.
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Natural Holiday Home Decor
15. Acorn Garland
Acorn garland can be used to spruce up the Christmas tree or in your home during the holiday season. This is one of my favorite natural garland ideas because of the solid brown acorn accents that reflect the beauty of mother nature.
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16. Wine Cork Candle Holder
Wine cork candle holders are a great way to incorporate tea candles into your holiday home decor. I would recommend using red and green velvet ribbons around the cork to add the magical feeling of Christmas. You could also switch the white candles to cranberry-color candles for the holidays.
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17. DIY Christmas Bowl
If you are looking for a centerpiece of pinecones, you may want to look into making your own DIY Christmas bowl. I love how this centerpiece of pinecones in a homemade bowl would look on a coffee table for the holidays.
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18. Pine Cone Garland
Pinecone garland is a beautiful way to decorate your home for Christmas. I love the look of spiky pinecones with artificial snow to display a charming winter scene in your home. The natural twine holding it together would look nice on a classic fireplace or natural wood shelving.
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19. Metallic Paper Christmas Wreath
If you want to make a wreath without dealing with live plants, you may be interested in this metallic paper wreath. It will give your home quick holiday color as it looks like a natural wreath or evergreen wreath with shades of green, red, and white for Christmas.
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20. Lighted Christmas Gnome Trees
If you have a fan of garden gnomes in your family or friendship circle, you may be interested in making a Christmas gnome tree as a gift idea. This adorable Christmas gnome incorporates seasonal greenery and is an overall fun arrangement for the holidays.
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21. Decorated Christmas Jars
The possibilities are endless with decorating Christmas jars. All you need is a small jar with a tea candle inside. I think a white candle looks the best for this project. You can incorporate fresh greenery, artificial berries, brown twigs, bright berries, artificial snow, or any other natural-inspired items.
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22. Beaded Natural Wreath
This beaded Christmas wreath is just as beautiful as any evergreen wreath. You can use wooden or clay beads for this project. You can layer pinecones over the evergreen branches and tie the ribbon in a Christmas bow for your door or entryway.
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23. Gingerbread Men Garland
Gingerbread men garland is one of my favorite garland ideas for the home. You can decorate them any way you want, and you can even include the kids! I recommend using a red or green ribbon to string the gingerbread men together for Christmas.
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24. Christmas Apple Trees
Christmas apple trees are a creative and stunning way to dress your dinner table for the holidays. You can use red or green apples and evergreen branches to make this delicious and fun arrangement. Who knew fresh fruit could make such a difference? It is a truly classic centerpiece idea.
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25. Cranberry Flower Cylinder Centerpiece
If you are a fan of easy DIY projects, you may want to look into putting together this glass jar cranberry flower cylinder centerpiece for your next Christmas get-together. I love how it incorporates traditional holiday colors of red and green using natural fresh greens and real or artificial berries.
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26. Salt Dough Ornaments
27. Cinnamon Stick Ornament
Have you ever used cinnamon sticks to make a Christmas tree ornament? I am definitely going to give this a try. I think this would look great next to silvery ornaments and mini ornaments that will give your Christmas tree a very classic look.
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28. Dried Fruit & Spice Ornament
Can't get enough cinnamon? Me either! This Christmas ornament is made from dried fruit, spices, and plants. I can imagine that this smells just as amazing as it looks.
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29. Apple Star Ornament
Do you have a jar with apples that need to be used? Why not create something beautiful? You can use red or green apples and oranges for this project. I never realized how pretty dried fruit can be! Tie ribbon around these slices to hang on your Christmas tree.
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30. Green Apple Centerpiece
I love centerpieces that feature fresh fruit. You can fill a vase or jar with apples to achieve this effect for your Christmas dinner table. I would also recommend adding flair to apples by incorporating sparkly ornaments. This is a great way to add quick holiday color to your home.
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