Green holiday decoration ideas
Holiday decorating is a great way to get into the spirit of the season and if you’re looking to spice it up this year, why not think of some ways to make it look festive and be environmental as well. Here are some "green" décor ideas for all the upcoming holidays you may celebrate including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
Here are some Thanksgiving decorating ideas that rely on craft supplies from nature:
- Fall leaves candle
Grab some beautiful fall leaves and let them dry out. Use Mod Podge to attach them to the side of a mason jar. Add a tea light or a votive candle to create a warm fall feel.
- Thankful tree
Gather some small sticks outside and put them in a vase. Have guests write what they are thankful for and attach the messages to the sticks. Not only does this give guests something to think about, but it can also be a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
- Pinecone place settings
Grab some pinecones and put them in a bowl of water and shake to remove any debris. Once dry, you can paint them to match your décor. Hand write or print small name tags and fit them in between the wood part. You may need to make a small cut in the wood to hold the tags.
- A festive centerpiece
Use a platter or wooden tray and fill it with a variety of fall fruit and vegetables such as pumpkins, gourds, pears, apples, cabbage, etc. Fill it in with fresh cut fall flowers in complementary colors like orange, yellow or rust. Lay the tray on a table runner as a beautiful centerpiece.
Besides a white Christmas, we can dream of a green one too with more eco-friendly decorations and less waste.
- Make a card wreath
Instead of the traditional wreath, make your own from recycled greeting cards, pages from a magazine of even gift wrap. Cut cards into leaf or tree shapes and glue a toothpick on the end of one side of the paper. Stick the toothpicks into a foam wreath until covered.
- Rethink the tree
Consider using a tree in a pot that you can eventually plant in your garden. Or, you can make a tree from recycled cardboard. Just paint and decorate it like a real tree.
- Get crafty with ornaments
It’s easy to make your ornaments using items you have around your home such as puzzle pieces that can transform into a snowflake with paint and glitter or twigs, buttons and ribbon for a more rustic snowflake look.
- Reindeers from nature
If you have some leftover pinecones from your thanksgiving decorating, you can use them to make some cute reindeer by attaching googly-eyes, red noses and ribbon to hang.
Hanukkah decorations are typically simple with blue and white to highlight the theme of light. Here are ways you can bring in the brightness, but keep an eye on how we can do it sustainably as well.
- Brighten the center
Make a pretty table centerpiece with a glass vase filled with gold coins or dreidels. Top with fresh flowers.
- Go gold with garland
Get some gold coins and glue them on a string to create a garland. You can use rocks and paint gold for a more rustic, earthy feel.
- Find your place with corks
Start saving those wine corks now for crafts later. Corks can be painted Chanukah colors like gold, silver or blue, then lay them on the side and make a cut to tuck in a name card.
- Shine the light
The main themes of Hanukkah are light and miracles, so why not add some more light to your home in addition to the traditional chanukiah (Hanukkah menorah). Scatter votive candles or tea lights all around your home to create a warm, bright feeling.
Kwanzaa is a holiday that celebrates African American culture with the colors of black, red and green. Here are some ways to highlight the "green" ecofriendly side when it comes to decorating.
- Use fresh fruit as décor
Since the name "Kwanzaa" comes from a Swahili phrase that means "first fruits," it makes sense to use a fruit for guest seating. Grab an orange and poke with a wire pin and attach a place card to the pin. Use either a red, black or green card color with a complementary colored marker to print the name. The orange then can be used as an appetizer.
- Display the colors
Get black, red and green ribbons to tie around candles and vases or create a ribbon wreath for the front door.
- Wave the flag
Get a piece of white construction paper or poster board and divide it into 3 sections. Paint the top red, middle black and bottom green. Hang it indoors or out.
- Display the principles
The seven principles of Kwanzaa are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. You can display these words throughout your home on homemade signs. Paint them on pieces of wood and display on a mantle.
By using materials in nature or around the house, you can create a festive, environmentally-friendly holiday displays this season.