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Natural Element Christmas Decor

Winter Pine Branch Bouquet

I’m not sure how it happened but I have skipped right over Thanksgiving and am focusing my decor on Winter and natural element Christmas decor. The first space on my list to decorate was the side porch where our family enters the house. I knew I didn’t want to spend any money, and with the horrible winds we are having I didn’t want something of value blowing away so I decided to take a walk around our property and load up my bag with natural decor elements.


Winter Gatherings

Here’s what I found pine branches, wild rose hips, pine cones, and red twigs. I carried my grocery bag and garden nippers and gave whatever struck my fancy a trim on the way by, carried it up on the porch and started stuffing into my galvanized sap bucket. I had no method for loading the bucket, I just stuffed it full until everything was used up in my bag. 


Pine Branch Bouquet

I  ran into the house and grabbed a gingham ribbon and called it good. I love to created things that involve spending no money, and I find I enjoy them all the more knowing I didn’t break the bank to decorate. I am going to follow this theme all through winter and Christmas, decorating naturally with little to no money spent. I would rather spend what I do have on my family not my decor. So continue to stop by to see what other things I come up with on the cheap.



Natural Element Christmas Bucket Bouquet






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  1. I love all of this, Dawn! Love the beautiful snaps with the sun shining down. Have a great weekend, dear.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    1. Shelia, thank you so much for stopping in:)

  2. I have been using natural elements for winter decoration for quite a few years now … long before it was all sold at the home improvement stores for lots of money. I love walking around the garden and snipping here and there for an arrangement. And when I can’t find enough a stop by the side of the roads to snip some red branches, some green branches that don’t grow in the garden or some wild feathers from the wild grasses is very rewarding.

    1. Linda, I do the same thing, I always have nippers in my purse and you just never know when I will pull over and clip something growing in the ditch. My family just rolls their eyes at me. LOL

  3. Loving the rustic feel of all natural items! Very well done!

    1. Thank you Susan, it is amazing what you can create with nature for free.

  4. You do such a wonderful job with your natural decor! So inspiring. I think if I were at home right now instead of at work, I’d march myself right out into the woods to gather! 🙂

    1. Denise, that sounds like a good plan, maybe you will have time this weekend.

  5. Beautiful! I love all of the decor with natural elements!!!
    xo Kris

    1. Thank you Kris, natural is so easy to create.

  6. I may be a little behind you, but I am right there with you!! Love the pictures Dawn!

    1. Kim, Im not sure what happened to Thanksgiving but it never seemed to hit our house in the decor area.

  7. Loved, loved this and had to pin so that I could use it later.

    1. Nancy, thank you so much for sharing the pin:)

  8. How lovely! I’m going to follow your cue and see what I can find. Just picture me teetering precariously along the edge of the six lane highway to prune some nandina berries, compliments of the great state of Texas 🙂 Not quite like a soothing stroll in the woods haha, but free! Love the Lamb bag, I’m making lamb ragu right now!! Have a good weekend!! xo, Andrea

    1. Andrea, OMG don’t get hit trying to gather free berries, that would be horrible. I am luck to only have dirt lane roads where I live with little to no traffic.

  9. Dawn,
    How beautiful your natural Christmas decor is coming along. It fits your home so beautifully. Love that you brought the outdoors in and could do it for no money. Very pretty.

    1. Kris, why buy when I can obtain it all for free? I also got my walk in and enjoyed a little nature at the same time.

  10. Dawn, I love this post! I’m going natural for Christmas, too. You’ve given me some great ideas! I’ll be pinning them, of course. Love the look of your blog, too.

    1. Thank you Dru for pinning:) I am finding natural is easy to do and won’t have the stress of purchasing pretty things to decorate with.

  11. Beautiful! I love the natural look of decorating too. Well done!

  12. Starting my holiday decorating today, got the cinnamon applesauce ornaments drying in the oven. Getting ready to gather some pine branches to swap out with the pumpkins and gourds. It’ll put the pumpkins and gourds out for the deer (no waste, right). HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! 🙂

    1. Terri, I haven’t made those ornaments in years. I love the smell of them and they are so easy. I may have to make some now 🙂 I gathered pine branches today and hubby to a bobcat bucket load of pumpkins to into the weeds to feed the deer too, we also feed them to the pigs, they think there candy. It was 50 here and raining so I worked outside all day getting things around. Never a dull moment around here.

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