With just a few simple items you can create a simple natural winter decor that will last through till spring.
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Yes, I was one of those people
I have a confession to make. I was a Griswald person who decorated my yard from one end to the other with bright shiny Christmas decorations.
Trees were strung with multiple sets of lights, the house was trimmed from top to bottom, and I even had a motion light display that would attract people from all over to drive by for a lookie-loo.
The baton has since been handed to my daughter who now is a certified Griswald in her own right. The grandkids love the motion displays, and I am in awe that they still work considering they are over 25 years old!
For the last few years, I have drastically changed my Christmas and winter decor down to a simple natural winter scheme and I want to share my decorating technique with you.
Use what you have for creating simple natural winter decor
Summer flowerpots, metal buckets, wooden crates, and outdoor chairs can all be used to create beautiful natural winter decor.
I have an old chair, old metal washtub, and a wooden crate that I use throughout every season. I like to keep the base pretty much the same, but by changing the location or contents make a totally new look.
The washtub was found at an estate sale for $5. You can also purchase them at hardware and farm stores. I prefer the old ones with their rusty-holed charm. This is my very own sled I used!
Go for a nature walk
Take a pair of pruning shears, a basket, and go for a walk. Look for variety like spruce and pine trees. Do you have holly bushes growing in your landscape? The cuttings make excellent fillers for flowerpots and vases.
Start simple and layer for a perfect natural winter look
Fill the tub with fresh cut pine, spruce branches, and other greenery you found. Add pinecones that you can either collect from under those trees or purchase by the bag full.
In a wooden crate, stack firewood to give a cozy warm vibe. I added a wooden flowerpot on top and filled it with more greenery. To a small pot, I added a pine branch stuck into a flower foam square to create my very own Charlie Brown tree!
Continue to fill flowerpots of your choosing or layer the branches across a wooden chair for a swag look. Fill a bucket with small logs or branches and more pinecones.
Don’t be afraid of faux
For anyone who has the energy to tie together bundles of greenery to make garland and wreaths I say a huge kudos to you! For me, I purchased two really nice natural looking winter garlands a few years ago. I wrapped them with white twinkle lights and hang them around my front door. The garland is so realistic it looks perfect beside natural greenery and is perfect for outdoor winter decor all season.
My big splurge is purchasing a real wreath every year. TIP: save the bow and other embellishments and purchase a plain wreath in the future seasons. They are usually a few dollars cheaper, and you can add the embellishments yourself!
For the final touch, I add faux red berry picks throughout the greenery for a pop of color that keeps that simple natural look. You can usually find them in any craft store, but I purchased mine here.
For Christmas, add a little whimsy
For the Christmas season, I added faux bells to my garage lights, a metal sign that looks vintage, and my little snowman blow mold that I found at a thrift store. After the holidays are over, it is so easy to collect these for storage while maintaining a natural winter decor throughout the rest of the season.
The only thing I need to complete this simple natural winter decor is snow! I’m sure we will be getting some soon here in central PA. What do you use in your outdoor decor? Let me know in the comments below and as always, thanks for stopping by!