Instant Festivity: 11 Foraged and (Mostly) Free Decorating Ideas from the Editors

Over the years, Remodelista editors and writers have come up with low- (or zero-) cost tricks to spruce up the house for the holidays, all with materials from around the house, plus bits and bobs found in the backyard, garden, or on a winter walk. Importantly, the ideas are natural, low-impact (often making use of scraps or fallen sprigs), and don’t involve buying more stuff to box away in the basement most of the year—and they’re evergreen enough to keep up all winter long.

Here, we round up our favorites from the archives (and from Gardenista), plus a few new ones:

1. Frond as Place Setting

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Above: Over on Gardenista, Clare makes the case that a single leaf or stem makes a simple—but beguiling—winter place setting. Photograph by Sarah Statham from Foraged Bracken: Autumn’s Most Beguiling Floral Design Element, over on Gardenista.

2. Pine Cone Garland

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Above: Fallen pine cones as minimalist garland. Photograph and DIY via Bob Vila, as seen in Julie’s Single-Ingredient Holiday Decor, 10 Ideas.

3. Orange-Peel Ornaments

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Above: An idea spotted via This Healthy Table: Instead of discarding orange rinds, punch out shapes with cookie cutters to transform them into ornaments, garlands, or gift toppers. Photograph via This Healthy Table; get the full DIY here.