Piles of wrapping paper. Broken Christmas lights and ornaments. When you peel back the wrapping, the holiday season sure is full of trash. Americans create 25 percent more waste in the months between Thanksgiving and New Year. This holiday season, let’s take a cue from the Swedes in decking our halls with nature’s bounty for an eco (and stylish!) home decor.
Not only do you get a lovely winter walk in, but you get a free, stunning decoration. Use evergreen branches and sticks for a beautiful mantle design combined with warm candles.
Waste not, want not
Instead of tossing out your leftover tree trimmings, use throughout your home as added Christmas winter woodland decoration. Place in baskets, vases, or tie into a garland for the stairs. The possibilities abound.
Turning lemons to lemonade
Dried fruit makes a beautiful addition to any wreath or garland. Simply cut oranges, apples, or pears into slices and bake in your oven at 170 degrees for 6 hrs turning every 45 minutes. You can then use yarn to string them together and you have a beautifully foraged, handmade Christmas wreath. Added bonus, your home will smell amazing! Add cranberries, juniper berries, popcorn and dried leaves for a uniquely foraged piece of decoration you’ll treasure.