Sunday, 23 December 2012

Natural Christmas tree ornaments

In a week, we went from decorating our tree with lights and ornaments from a big box store, to returning them all and making our own natural decorations.

We originally bought lights and glass ornaments from a local store. We strung the lights but once we plugged them in we found them too harsh and bright.

Misha happily agreed to take the lights off as he had been grumbling about bringing more plastic into the house. We removed the Christmas lights and finished decorating the tree.

The next day, as I was looking at our decorated tree, I thought it would be fun to make our own natural ornaments like in the old days. We could use pine cones, walnuts, oranges and cranberries. I showed Misha a couple of pictures of what I meant and he jumped right at it.

We returned all the store bought ornaments and got ready to make our own. We sliced and dried oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes and grapefruits ...

 ...strung up fresh cranberries...

...glued ribbons to walnuts and pine cones...

... and made a star from twigs, jute and ribbon.

Our kitchen was like an old fashioned ornament factory. The delicious aroma of the drying oranges mingled with the scent of the balsam tree and a beeswax candle to fill the house with a festive feeling of comfort and joy.

We hung the ornaments on the tree and  placed the home made twig star on top. The tree came alive with natural textures, colours and aromas. We love how all the ornaments are plant based and can be composted or used to feed our backyard birds. Now that we know how easy and fun it is to make our own natural ornaments we are already excited about new ideas for next year.

We wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday season!

Mia and Misha

We will post a separate 'how to' for those that are interested in knowing how we made the ornaments.

Natural Christmas tree ornaments


  1. So pretty! I kind of wish I had smell-o-vision on this computer.

    You could try making some hammered or punched tin ornaments out of cans for a bit of sparkle (I'm all about the sparkle). They can even be used to cover lights, which might solve the harshness issue (if not the plastic one -- still working on that). I wish I could say "they would be wonderful to cover the candles you put on the tree," but I wouldn't want next year's blog post to be about how you burnt the house down. Stupid flammable trees.

    1. Thanks for the great ideas. We will definitely expend our ornament selection next year. It is just so much fun to make them.

  2. What a neat Christmas tree decoration. I love how you made it elegant while keeping your Christmas decorations all natural. Thanks for sharing ideas!