Minimalist & Sustainable Christmas Decor 2018
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the holiday seasons and all the possibilities when it comes to decorations. I made the mistake of hopping by Home Goods to take a gander, and instantly I felt the craving and the “need” for ALL the Christmas decorations. I picked up so many things that I thought I was going to buy, and then I stopped for a minute and thought, “do I really need this?”
For me, the answer is usually no. That doesn’t mean ALL decorations are bad though! I definitely didn’t want to be a Grinch this year (because I’m definitely guilty of that in the past…. sorry to all my previous roommates LOL You know who you are haha), so I decided to go for a more subtle, natural Holiday look by keeping things minimal and sustainable!
1. Pieces of Nature
Bringing nature into your home is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to decorate for the Holidays! Go pick up some pine cones, fallen berries, wooden twigs, acorns, and so on and place them in vases throughout your home!
I love urban foraging, so I picked some tree branches just outside our neighborhood and I think they add a nice little Christmas tree vibe to our kitchen shelves. I also purchased some Rosemary “Christmas Trees” from Sprouts. These are great because 1) they’re EDIBLE 2) They smell GREAT 3) They’re so cute and 4) it’s the gift that keeps on giving! After Christmas passes, I plan on planting these bad boys in our flower beds in the front of our house!
I’ve also placed some pine cones and cinnamon sticks in several vases I've had for a while and placed them throughout my home. Pine cones and cinnamon make for a lovely fragrance that is subtle but adds a touch of the Christmas spirit to your home!
2. Lights and candles
Sprinkling in twinkle lights and candles here and there really gives your home a cozy holiday feel and it’s pretty sustainable in the sense that you can reuse them for years to come - especially if you don’t burn the candles and just use them as decorations!
I purchased some small white stones and candle sticks and twinkle lights from the dollar store so in total, I only spent about $5 on my coffee table decorations. Not bad!
3. Larger Household Decorations
Lastly, I added some holiday pillows to our couch to bring more winter-wonderland to our living room. Tim and I will also be picking out a fresh Christmas tree from a farm but they don't open until after Thanksgiving. Once we have our live tree up, our home will be full of Christmas and smelling like Christmas Spirit :)
Speaking of Christmas Spirit, that is the essential oil I've been diffusing this holiday season. This oil blend is from Young Living and smells so wonderful, it takes me back to my childhood days! I’ve also been burning one of my favorite Holiday candles from Slow North, called Merry & Bright. Their candles are made with soy wax (vegan) and pure essential oils, too, so you don’t have to worry about bringing sketchy carcinogenic chemicals in your home!
If you don’t want to spend money on candles or essential oils, you can make your own fragrance by boiling orange peels with cinnamon sticks, cocoa, ginger, cloves, cranberries, or other natural fragrant producers that you favor!