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40 DIY Christmas Decorations with Natural Materials

Although it can be tempting to buy all the pretty, sparkling holiday decor in the stores these days, there’s also a great time to be frugal and forage nature! Here’s a great collection of over 40 DIY natural Christmas decorations you can make with easy-to-find materials.

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From branches and wood slices, pine cones, stones, wool and more, looking to nature for craft supplies is a great alternative to buying plastic and other non-biodegradable materials. And even better, if you can forage the items yourself they’re the perfect budget-friendly way to decorate for the holidays!

DIY Natural Christmas Decorations

Beach Stones/Pebbles

From painting to gluing, stones and pebbles make perfect little canvases for natural Christmas crafting.

Festive Christmas Painted Rocks
Rock painting continues to be a popular trend. It’s fun and relaxing to make little works of art on these tiny, natural canvases. Paint some adorable Christmas designs and use them all through your decorating. Or give them as gifts!
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Nativity Canvas with Pebbles
Made with rocks, twigs, pebbles, and moss, this nativity canvas is a great way to incorporate nature in a Christmas decoration that you can enjoy for years to come.
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Glittering Snowflake and Monogrammed Rocks
Put your cutting machine to work and make some beautiful glittering snowflake and monogrammed rock napkin weights. They’ll be the talk of the dinner table!
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rock crafts with Cricut Maker

Branches, Twigs and Driftwood

Yes, we are sort of driftwood hoarders. But with a little creativity, branches and twigs and driftwood can make wonderful natural Christmas decorations!

Easy Driftwood Reindeer Ornaments
We love to see our little driftwood reindeer ornaments on the tree. They also make great gift bag toppers! You can use twigs if you don’t have driftwood.
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Adorable driftwood reindeer ornament as a beach house decorating idea
How to Make a Driftwood Christmas Tree
What could be better decor for the cottage or your front porch at the holidays than a rustic driftwood Christmas tree?
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Mini Driftwood Tree Ornament
Remember your summer beach vacation over the holidays with this DIY driftwood Christmas tree ornament!
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Copper Dipped Driftwood Garland
Can you tell we love our driftwood? Get fancy and paint it with some metallic copper paint. Then string them together for a beautiful rustic garland.
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Garland made with driftwood pieces dipped in copper paint plus over a dozen other crafts to make with driftwood.
Rustic Reindeer Ornament
How sweet are these little reindeer ornaments? You can use flexible twigs to make the balls.
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Coastal Christmas Ornaments
Learn to make these adorable coastal Christmas ornaments. They are perfect for all your seasonal decorating.
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coastal christmas ornaments

Wood and Wood Slices

It feels like there are a million different ways to use wood and wood slices for Christmas decorations and ornaments. Here are some pretty ideas we found.

Easy Rustic Christmas Tree
Make this DIY tree using wood shims and inexpensive dowels and basic craft supplies. Perfect for neutral Christmas decor.
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Rustic Wood Slice Ornament
DIY a rustic wood slice ornament in just a few minutes with only a few supplies! You’ll be surprised how quickly you can make these Christmas ornaments!
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Wood Slice Deer Ornament
How unique is this rustic wood slice deer ornament created with some dollar store finds.
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Lettered Wood Slice Garland
Use cut up branches to create wood slices. Then make these fun ornament banners to decorate your tree!
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Foraged Christmas Decorations
Before she purchases anything to decorate for a season or holiday, Julie looks to her yard. There are so many pretty seasonal finds in your own backyard, and that’s how she was able to create these Christmas centerpieces and decor for her kitchen.
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Rustic Winter Centerpiece
Create a rustic Christmas scene using a wood slice and pine cones. The fake snow adds an extra special touch to this winter scene.
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Woodsy Log Wreath
Don’t toss the branches after trimming your tree. Instead turn them into a beautiful log wreath. Perfect for any season!
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Wood Burned Wood Slice Ornaments
Get out your wood burning tools for this one! These woodland creature ornaments are adorable for a rustic Christmas theme.
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Stenciled Wood Slice Ornaments
Get our your embossing heat gun and fine glitter to make these pretty wood slice ornaments!
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Fabric (Wool, Cotton)

We love to upcycle and repurpose fabric for Christmas decorations. If you stick with wool and organic cotton you’ll also feel good about using bio-degradable products.

Easy Burlap Advent Calendar
This advent calendar was made with store bought pine and berries but would be even better used with natural pine from a tree. The burlap hangs from a small tree branch.
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Upcycled Sweater Stockings
Repurpose an old sweater into beautiful and practical Christmas stockings for the fireplace mantle.
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Norwegian Christmas Gnomes
Cut up small fallen branches to make these cute Norwegian Gnomes for your Christmas mantles. The Gnomes can be made any size you want just depending on the size of the branch you use.
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Nativity Felt Ornaments
These adorable nativity ornaments are perfect for your Christmas tree. Or surprise your little ones with a new character each day in their advent calendar!
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felt christmas ornaments

Pine Cones

Pine cones are one of our favourite materials to craft with because of their beauty and availability (in our area of the world). Before you craft with them though, make sure to clean them appropriately!

How to Make Pine Cone Roses
When weekly fresh flower bouquets aren't an option, these pretty pine cone roses are a great budget-friendly alternative. Step-by-step tutorial for these pinecone flowers is included!
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How to Make pine cone roses
Snow Covered Pine Cone Ornament
It doesn’t get much simpler and prettier than these lovely snow-covered pine cone ornaments.
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Pine Cone Wreath Ideas
Channel some Christmas cheer with 3 pinecone wreath ideas that will bring the festive spirit to your home!
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Painted Pine Cone Forest
Go for a modern take on Christmas crafting with pine cones with this colorful painted pinecone forest we created for our friend Lydia at .
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Pine Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments
Get the kids to help and make adorable pine cone Christmas trees that they’ll be proud to display!
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Pine Cone Tiles
Use small pinecones and plaster of Paris to make some cute Christmas Pine cone tree tiles for your mantle. You can even paint the pine cones beforehand to create a more festive effect.
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Glittered Pine Cones
And we can’t miss those glittered pine cones! The best (or worst) part is the mess you get to make when glittering.
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Glass and Jars

From sea glass to mason jars, glass is a great material to craft with for Christmas and beyond.

Beach Glass Christmas Tree
Use up that collection of sea glass to make gorgeous trees which you won't be able to wait to display every holiday season.
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Glittering Candy Cane Mason Jars
Add a little sparkle to your holiday decorating with these pretty and colourful glittering candy cane Christmas decorations!
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Mason Jar Christmas Tree Decorations
How beautiful is this rustic display? Mason jars filled with candles and strung alongside lovely greenery and other natural elements.
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These friendly little guys to double duty as adorable Christmas decorations and jars for gifting. Perfect for teachers, Secret Santa and co-workers!
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Although the “naturalness” of paper is questionable it is at least biodegradable and recyclable, so a good option for a less-waste Christmas.

Pretty Christmas Printable Place Cards
Add a personal and festive touch to your Christmas table setting with these beautiful watercolor free printable Christmas place cards.
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Love, Peace, Joy Printable
Printables are a simple and inexpensive way to decorate for the season. The internet is filled with all sorts of designs (just search “free Christmas printable” on Pinterest) which you can display. Our Love, Peace, Joy design is perfect for the holidays.
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Decorative Hazelnut Orbs
These decorative hazelnut orbs remind us of our childhoods where Christmas was a time to shell to delicious nuts. We use these orbs in decorating year-round.
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Dried Orange and Lemon Garland
How beautiful is this garland with dried oranges and lemons? It would make a bright and cheerful touch for any holiday decor and look beautiful well past the season.
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We hope you’ve find this collection of DIY natural Christmas decorations inspiring. We definitely have!

And if you want more DIY garland ideas, check out 25 of the best Christmas garland ideas. If only these was more time to make them all 🙂

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Friday 20th of December 2019

I always love adding nature to my decor. You ladies have gathered quite a collection of fun ideas here.

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