When you’re stressed out by shopping, wrung out from wrapping and completely carolled out, taking the time to be creative is probably quite far down your to-do list. But, throughout history, crafting has played a key part in our festive preparations – and brought a sense of calm among all the busyness and bustle.
Whether it’s the wonky felt baubles from our childhoods or altogether more grown-up projects, a moment of mindfulness can be found in every creation.
Not ones to let tradition slide, this Christmas we’re bringing nature to the table by embracing the slow process of natural dyeing, turning our hands to herb napkin rings and adding a little luxury with some gold foiling.
Plus we’ve put together some ideas to show you how to make Christmas decorations from natural materials.
9 DIY natural Christmas decorations
This sparkling pear is covered in edible gold leaf! You’ll be able to eat the pear when you’ve finished using it as a decorative place setting.
The Flower Appreciation Society
Make use of winter greenery to create this stunning homemade Christmas wreath designed by the Flower Appreciation society.
Olivia Watkins and Becki Clark
Save up your avocado stones and skins to make these napkins coloured using natural dyes.
Give your table some Scandinavian style by making a Lucia table wreath. It’s traditionally displayed on Lucia Day on 13th December.
Add a simple natural touch to your Christmas table by making your own herb napkin rings. We’ve used sage here, but rosemary also works well.
If you prefer a more rustic Christmas wreath, try making this winter wreath designed by Becki Clark.
Make your home look like a winter forest with these frost pinecone garlands.
Enjoy a stress-free December by crafting your own mindful advent calendar, which includes calming prompts for every day.
BBC Countryfile Magazine/Becki Clark
Gather up some twigs on your next country walk to make these DIY natural Christmas decorations.