Ideas for Decorating With Fresh Greenery for the Holidays

by Karianne WoodNovember 29, 2016

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to decorate for the holiday season is to bring a little of the outside in. The greens of the season enhance room décor with fresh scents, warmth and texture. The key to decorating with fresh greenery is displaying it in unique and creative ways. Want to add a little unexpected fresh flair to your holiday décor this season?

Here are a few ideas and a little inspiration to get you started.
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Evergreen Sprigs

Classic, traditional evergreen sprigs clipped from outside and tucked into a centerpiece add an inexpensive twist to a table or sideboard. Here, freshly cut evergreens are layered with pine cones in a wire greenhouse. Next, add a ribbon or an ornament to add a little sparkle with the display. Quick tip: when displaying evergreens, it’s a good idea to layer in different types of greenery, like spruce, fir, and pine to create depth and interest to the centerpiece.

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Magnolia leaves

One of the most versatile leaves to work with when designing holiday décor is the magnolia leaf. Magnolia leaves can be twisted into garland with florist wire and hung on staircases, front doors, and windows. The garland can also be used as a base for a centerpiece on a Thanksgiving or Christmas table.

Magnolia is the perfect greenery to make a wreath for the front door. Start with a floral foam wreath and insert the leaves into the form. Quick tip: adding magnolia leaves to a faux Christmas tree enhances the look of the tree and makes an inexpensive tree look more luxurious.

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Front Entry Décor

Fresh greenery is an excellent way to enhance your front door décor. Here, two cedar trees were cut down from a local farm and placed into black urns on either side of the front door. Next, fresh magnolia stems were inserted into the base of the urn to add another layer of greenery to the door display. Lastly, simple ornaments decorate the cedar trees and fresh magnolia is added to enhance the wreath on the door.

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Decorating the Holiday Table

Fresh greenery is also the perfect addition to any holiday table. Use fresh greens in the centerpiece or tucked on the side table display as shown here. Add greenery to a place setting by gluing a sprig of evergreen to a place card and placing the name card embossed with the guest’s name. Another fun way to add a little spark of holiday style is to tuck greenery into stockings and hang them on the back of dining chairs with a ribbon. Quick tip: add a name or quote to personalize the stockings and let guests take them home as a gift for their own holiday décor.

Festive, fun and inexpensive, greenery displayed in your home décor helps usher the holiday season in with style. This year, why not try something a little different? Shop the outdoors, clip a few branches and deck your halls with the greens of the season.


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About The Author
Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

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