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How to Make Christmas Decor by Foraging Outdoors

Renee Valdes
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Bleached Pinecone Swag | The Home Depot's Garden Club

You don’t need to spend a ton of money on Christmas decor as you decorate for the holidays. Try foraging for live greenery and other natural trimmings in your outdoor space to make Christmas decor.

When your Christmas decor is fresh cut, it brings natural beauty and fragrance to your home. 

Take a look around at natural resources outside. Christmas decor grows everywhere. Collect pinecones and other seed pods outside. Prune evergreen and magnolia branches, snip some rosemary and clip branches from your holly, boxwood, tea olive and winterberry shrubs. 

Just use sharp pruners and wear protective gardening gloves.

How to make christmas decor by foraging


Learn how to make a gnome Santa Christmas decor ll The Home Depot Garden Club

1. Mystical Santa gnome

In Scandinavian folklore, people associate mythological “nisse” gnome creatures with winter solstice and the holiday season.

Using four large pine boughs tied together and a cone-shaped mossy hat shaped from chicken wire, secure red ornaments to make a nose and hat topper. This gnome sits atop a mantel, spreading plenty of cheer.

Get instructions on how to make this Scandinavian-style Santa gnome.


How to Make a Rosemary Wreath | The Home Depot's Garden Club

2. Fragrant rosemary wreaths

Using branches of rosemary, decorate your space this Christmas season with a festive trio of rosemary wreaths. This project uses a surprising and inexpensive base from the hardware aisle.

Simply bend the rosemary boughs around the circular frame and the wreaths take shape. Rosemary’s rustic appeal adds a welcome touch to living spaces where you hang the wreath. 

Get the steps to these simple rosemary wreaths.


Hostess Gifts from the Herb Garden | The Home Depot's Garden Club

For more ideas, try any of these other ways to season your holidays with woody rosemary


Make a Christmas tree dress centerpiece ll The Home Depot Garden Club

3. Stylish Christmas tree dresses

Make a Christmas tree dress for a beautiful focal point in your great room, living room, hallway, on your porch or in a small space. Using fir, pine, cypress or whatever fresh-cut greenery you can source, you can pull together this stunning and unique Christmas decor in your home.

Read how to make and style a Christmas tree dress three ways. These options let you choose the one that suits your style best.  


Create a pinecone cluster for holiday decor ll The Home Depot Garden Club

4. Simplistic pinecone swag

Collect pinecones outdoors and then create a cluster of them finished with Christmas ribbons. Hang this swag like a wreath above a fireplace or console table, around your doorway or on your front door. Try bleaching the pinecones first for a white-washed look.

Another idea: spray paint them a metallic color such as titanium silver or bronze for a more modern look.


Pinecone Swag at The Home Depot's Garden Club

5. Elegant evergreen garland

Create elegant evergreen garland for your mantel this holiday season from trees and shrubs around your landscape. Try pine, magnolia or spruce.

Add texture to the display with pinecones. This garland is an inexpensive project for holiday decorating. It’s surprisingly simple to make this Christmas decor. If you have helpers trimming greenery and making bundles, it will come together quickly.


Bleached Pinecone Swag | The Home Depot's Garden Club

Follow these step-by-step garland how-to instructions and consult the video: How to Make Fresh Holiday Garland for more visuals.


Make Christmas decor by foraging outdoors ll The Home Depot Garden Club

6. Easy Christmas wrappings

When wrapping presents, use any remnants of fresh-cut greenery. Paint leaves or sprigs of evergreens or ferns or just leave your greenery in a natural state. Wrap with brown builder’s paper and twine and beautiful packages for the holidays are within reach. 


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