Nature inspired holiday decor is an eco-friendly way to create a feeling of calm beauty in your home. Like walking through the wintery woods!

Three photos of rustic nature-inspired Christmas decor.

All of the craziness that surrounds the holidays makes nature inspired holiday decor feel that much more relaxing. It’s simple, eco-friendly and, in my opinion, just really pretty to look at. When I pulled out my holiday decor at the beginning of November, I made a decision. I was only going to put out items that I love and that create a feeling of calm beauty. A feeling akin to walking through the woods on a crisp winter day.

I’m especially happy that this was the year I made the transition from a random Santa Claus and snowmen decor style to a more focused, nature-inspired one because it likely will be our last Christmas in our current house. If all goes as planned (and of course it’s going to… right?), we’ll be celebrating the holidays next year in our new home, surrounded by nature in all its true glory.

So, here are five ways (plus one bonus) to incorporate a little bit of nature’s beauty into your holiday home decor.

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Found Objects

A front entryway of a home decorated for a rustic christmas.


An antler was actually the jumping off point for my entire nature inspired holiday decor theme. I saw a photo in a magazine of an antler on a very simple holiday fireplace mantle and thought, “Why, I have an antler in my front flowerbed!” Devin found it several years ago out on the land and I’ve been displaying it amidst my outdoor decor ever since. So I went outside and pulled it out from under a pile of snow. And someone I spoke to at a local home decor store told me one year she stuck several antlers in her Christmas tree. Cool! (As long as they were antlers that were naturally shed and not… yikes.) You can even buy found antlers on Etsy!

Pine Cones

The pine cones came next in my decorating scheme and I’m slightly ashamed to admit I actually bought most of them from a store. Bad treehugger! I haven’t been out to the land in months and while next year I’m sure I’ll be able to find some pine cones in their natural setting and bring them into the house, for this year I’ve accepted that store-bought ones (that smell like cinnamon… yum!) will have to do. I call wabi-sabi on this one as well.


Because I have to tell a story about every piece of holiday decor I have, the tale of how a piece of driftwood recently came into my life is a good one. I was helping out at my eldest daughter’s playschool in November and her teacher said if I found anything I wanted on top of a shelving unit I could have it. Not expecting to come across anything exciting above all the wooden puzzles and foam toys, I was delighted to find a gorgeous piece of driftwood hiding up there all by itself. Sometimes random driftwood acquisitions are just meant to be.

Logs, Branches and Twigs

A decorated Christmas tree in a living room with a dark brown feature wall.


When I asked Devin to get me a few birch logs and branches from the land, he brought me more than I had intended. And yet I’ve managed to allocate every single one of them. Less “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and more “it’s beginning to look a lot like a forest” around our house these days.


I got a lot of mileage out branches this year. I think the branches wildly sticking out of our tree is my favourite part of our decor. Christmas trees (especially fake ones like ours) have become pretty manicured looking. I like how the branches rough things up a bit.


There’s something so simple and pretty about painted twigs, which is why I decided to have them stand in for trees in my Mason Jar “Snow” Globe. Another idea is to stick a few twigs in an empty Christmas ball or tie them into star ornaments similar to these ones.

Fresh Greenery

A Christmas wreath hanging on a red front door.

This cedar greenery is from a tree in our current home’s backyard and made its way inside because I used some for my recent Vegan Cinnamon Twists photoshoot. I plunked the branches behind the driftwood after the shoot and was like – oh yeah, I gotsta get me more of that. So, I added it to the vignette on our console table, to the grapevine wreath hanging on our front door, above our mantle and then stuck some in our stockings. You could also make (or buy) a wreath entirely out of fresh greenery.

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Shapes and Figures Found in Nature

A piano keyboard beneath a shelf decorated with rustic holiday decor.


Obviously given this blog’s name and subject matter tree-shaped decor was going to make an appearance on this list. And because I’ve loved trees as long as I’ve breathed, I already had a few stashed away in my Christmas decorations. I also really love this one made from birch slices… maybe next year?


Star ornaments are another long-standing fav around my house. I have a metal star garland, a twig star garland and even a super sparkly star garland that I didn’t put out this year because sparkles just aren’t my thing at the moment. This rusty star garland lends itself better to the whole rustic nature farmhouse thing.

Other shapes such as birds, leaves, snowflakes all fit in with this theme. Basically, if you find it in nature – you’re good to go. This hand carved chickadee ornament is darn cute.

Closeup of a bird ornament hanging in a Christmas tree.

Natural Materials

A row of burlap stockings hanging on a fireplace mantel.


I certainly didn’t invent the idea of using burlap as Christmas decor, but I jumped on that runaway bandwagon a few years ago because burlap is an affordable and natural material. Plus, it just gives that handmade farmhouse feel. My tree skirt is literally a random piece of burlap wrapped around the stand, but you can also make or buy handmade ones like this.


Another natural material that’s so easy to use as part of holiday decor is sisal or jute twine. Wrap it around a garland, tie it in a bow, string your ornaments with it. Another awesome score I came across this year was LED string lights wrapped with twine, which you could easily make yourself with some LED lights and twine.

Other natural materials you could incorporate into your nature inspired holiday decor are rocks, Christmas-y fruit such as dried orange slices and fabrics like linen and cotton.

Other Simple Decor Ideas

A stack of books decorated to look like a Christmas tree.


Okay, so books aren’t really “nature inspired,” but I couldn’t help myself. Number one – I’m a book nerd of the highest order. Number two – I have a lot of books hanging around and using them as part of my Christmas decor just makes sense. And number three – one of the first images I ever pinned on Pinterest was of a Christmas tree made out of a stack of books. This year I was finally able to replicate it and I just so happen to think it fits in nicely amongst the branches, pine cones and greenery.

Farm Items

The other not-quite-nature-inspired-but-still-complimentary idea I had was to add some antique farm items I found in Devin’s Grandma’s garage last summer. A horseshoe and a cowbell, paired with items I already had such as vintage-y bells, just lends to Christmastime from years gone by. Back when people decorated with what they had access to around their farms and homesteads and in the fields and forests beyond.

A metal basket filled with branches, burlap and a rusty horseshoe.

Phew. Now, that was a whole lot of nature inspired holiday decor! What did I miss? The possibilities are endless and so is my love of comments so please – comment below! 

Do you like to incorporate things from nature into your holiday decor or are you more of a tinsel and glitter kind of person? I’d love to know!



Closeup of a bird ornament hanging in a Christmas tree with text 5 ways to incorporate nature-inspired holiday decor this Christmas.

Last Updated on November 13, 2023 (Originally Posted on December 23, 2017)

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5 Ways to Incorporate Nature Inspired Holiday Decor This Christmas

4 thoughts on “5 Ways to Incorporate Nature Inspired Holiday Decor This Christmas

  • December 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

    It’s hard to resist the snowmen and Santa decor, especially when you have them in storage and there is only one time a year that you bring them out and set them up. However, there is something oddly liberating about changing up the Christmas decor to a farmhouse nature style theme.

    • December 25, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Oh yes – snowmen and Santa decor have their place. But for me, this year, branches and pine cones just felt like the way to go. Thanks for the comment!

  • December 28, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I love the natural pieces that you brought into your holiday decor, are you at all surprised? The natural touches you added bring a warmth and calmness, it looks so awesome. So peaceful. I think its important to try to bring our surroundings from outside to inside as often as we can…. life is so hectic a little grounding does us a world of good….connecting us to nature is both healing and therapeutic….I myself brought in a little more of a nature into my holiday decor these last couple of years. Grapevine garland on the tree, greenery scattered about the outside entrance of my home, twigs with starry lights in a very primitive hanging box, which some people in my family mocked…they just don’t share the vision…Next year i hope to go with even more of the primitive look, yikes what will my family say then… hehe…I still have my favourite rustic Santas’ and Snowman, but have pared them down to the ones that are made from more natural materials and have their own personalities of rustic quirkiness.

    • December 29, 2017 at 9:41 am

      “Rustic quirkiness” – great term! And yes I love the primitive look too. Some people just like things to look more polished and that’s okay. Your home should reflect you and what makes you feel happy and relaxed. Thanks for commenting!


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