I love using natural elements in my Christmas decor and then “glamming” them up a little bit. Planning ahead during your next camping trip or vacation can have you sitting pretty come next Christmas.
There’s just something gorgeous when you combine the pine-cone’s rusticity with some sparkle.
Leaving them au natural is beautiful too. I think this mirror is gorgeous.
What about sticks and branches?
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One of my favorite things about using these natural elements is that, well, they’re free. We go camping all the time and there are all sorts of treasures to be found if you plan ahead.
Let me say here and now that there are designated areas where it is illegal to take anything be it a pine-cone, a stick, a pebble… If you are camping in a state or national park you are probably not allowed to remove anything from the park. When in doubt, ASK. However, there are plenty of places where you can get these items with no restrictions whatsoever.
We have gone camping where there were no restrictions on pine-cone collecting and I made Handsome Hubby cart home quite a few, knowing that come December I would have big plans for them.
If you didn’t stock up on your last camping trip, you can always cruise your neighborhood…. I guarantee you that someone will have a “messy” tree of some kind and they will thank you for taking some of that “mess” off of their hands.
What have you made with pine-cones, shells or sticks? Do you incorporate them into your holiday decor?