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5 Eco-Friendly DIY Christmas Decorations

How to Decorate in an Eco-Friendly Way this Christmas


For thousands of years people have been using simple items from nature to decorate their table at times of great feasts and celebrations. Making your own handmade Christmas decorations is a great family tradition that is inexpensive and easy to do.  This year why not try some more eco friendly ideas to decorate your Christmas table?

Here are my favourite 5 Eco-Friendly DIY Christmas Decorations that you can create at home and celebrate in an eco-friendly environment.  If we could all try to reduce our own eco-footprint just a little, it would go a long way to protecting our environment.

If you love all things Eco-Friendly then you will also love our Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Blog. I have created a selection of sustainable alternatives for you to use instead of wrapping paper. Try these environmentally, sustainable, eco-friendly Christmas gift wrapping ideas. They are perfect examples of simple ways to reduce waste.

Earth friendly decorations


1. Candles

Candles are highly underrated when it comes to Christmas décor.  Not only do they create a gorgeous glow, warmth and atmosphere but soy candles are the perfect eco-friendly decoration! With a little creativity you can turn a simple candle into a spectacular one which you can keep for yourself, or give to friends and family as a Christmas present.  I like to wrap my candles with greenery, then bind them with rustic brown twine. Dried fruit, salt dough decorations, olive leaves, ivy or eucalyptus leaves are also a beautiful addition.  Decorated candles can then be clustered together, used in a variety of heights or placed in candle holders and have a variety of scents.

The best christmas candle decorating

2. Pinecones

Pine cones are a beautiful, natural addition to Christmas home décor. The natural beauty of pinecones allows for an easy DIY decoration that you can put up and will keep.  I have used pinecones in almost all of my Christmas decorating this year including my tree, presents, table decorations and garlands.  To make a pine cone garland for a touch of woodland style use a variety of sizes.  Simply tie some brown twine to each pine cone and attach it to your longer string of twine. I like to stagger the pinecones along approximately 20cm in between each other at a variety of heights.

Christmas Pinecone Garland

3. Fruit

For a beautiful and unique Christmas decoration why not raid the fruit bowl? Dried citrus fruit makes a fantastic addition to your natural decorative collection. They are so easily made and by using fruit and spices, not only do they look good but they also smell amazing! There are so many uses for dried fruit, you can decorate wreaths, garlands, presents, Christmas trees and candles. The best thing is these eco-friendly ornaments can be tossed in the compost pile afterwards!

How to make dried fruit decorations

How to Bake Fruit

  1. Preheat oven to 150 Degrees.
  2. Slice fruit – keeping them as uniform as possible in thickness.
  3. Lay them on a tray lined with baking paper and sprinkle cinnamon, ginger and clove spices over top.
  4.  Bake for 2 to 4 hours until dry and firm, but not blackened. Turn the pieces over at least once during baking to keep the sides even and flat.

Tip: The apples and lemons will be done before the grapefruits and oranges.


Christmas decorating eco friendly

4. Salt dough Decorations

If you’re looking for a fun project to do with your kids for the holidays, THIS IS IT!  The best part? After all the fun is over you have a sweet keepsake – and possibly a gift for the grandparents too. You can use salt dough for making ornaments and decorations which can then be used in a variety of ways, such as on trees, presents, garlands and candles.


How to make eco friendly salt dough decorations

  1. Preheat oven to 150°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Mix flour, herbs and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Gradually add water, stirring mixture with a wooden spoon until combined. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead to make a smooth ball.
  2. Roll dough out between 2 sheets baking paper until 7mm thick. Use Christmas-shaped cutters to cut out decorations. Use a chopstick or skewer to make a hole at the top of each decoration. Place decorations on trays. Roll remaining dough together and repeat.
  3. Bake salt dough for 45 minutes for smaller decorations, and 1.5 hours for larger decorations or until firm and dry.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Thread twine through your finished ornaments.

Christmas baking with children


5. Books

Christmas trees made out of books are a novel idea – get it? Novel idea?!  For those book-lovers who want a mini Christmas tree, this is easy to make and affordable.  All you need to do is sacrifice one vintage paperback book. With a little dry adhesive, you’ll have this put together in just a few minutes.


DIY christmas tree books

  1. Find a vintage book and remove the cover. Bend the book gently to break the binding.
  2. On each page fold down the top right hand corner to the very left hand side, as close as possible to the binding.  Fold it over so that the part of the page that is already folded will be flush with the spine.
  3. Fold the overhanging bottom right corner up so it just touches the edge, then fold the whole page into the spine. It’s really important to keep it all as close to the binding as possible.
  4. Repeat until the whole book is folded.
  5. Use a strong glue to secure the very front and the very back page together – this will automatically create your gorgeous tree!

Green wrapping for Christmas

It’s funny how something so simple can be done with spare materials around the house.  All of these projects cost next to nothing but give a unique touch to your Christmas.  Once again, don’t overdo it. Cluttered decorations are neither inspiring, nor beautiful. Keep it simple and enjoy the time with your loved ones throughout this festive season.  Don’t forget to also check out our Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Guide.

What is your favorite creative way to decorate Eco-Friendly? Did you enjoy my 5 Eco-Friendly DIY Christmas Decorations? Feel free to share below.

If you could be so kind as to give me feedback in the comments on your favorites, that will help other readers with their earth friendly Christmas adventures as well!

Petria Leggo-Field