Decorating for winter is a wonderful way enjoy the changing seasons and bring some new life and color into your home. Yet it’s far too easy to stop by a pop-up Halloween shop or dollar store and buy a bunch of commercial decorations that are cheaply made and will barely last for the season. To be more sustainable with your decorating and avoid promptly putting one-time use items into the trash, there are some eco-friendly ways to get into the fall spirit too.
Here are some nature-inspired winter decorating ideas to try for yourself and feel good about.
Traditional fall foods are festive and colorful, which makes them great for decorative items. You can arrange ears of multicolored corn and squashes, pumpkins, and gourds of varying shapes and sizes around your home for a natural touch. Golden pears and red pomegranates also make great table displays when arranged in bowls to be decorations for now and eat later.
Leftover Craft Materials
If you or someone in your household likes to make an occasional piece of art or do craft projects, you likely have a few drawers or cupboards already filled with supplies. Make use of leftover fabric from past sewing projects or old yarn from knitting projects so it’s not just taking up space and collecting dust. Look online for tutorials about how to make fall wreaths, stuffed pumpkins, or other festive décor with these items, as well as old paint, clay, crayons, and construction paper you have lying around. Even common household items, such as empty pill bottles, old newspapers, and cleaned-out plastic food containers, can be used to make DIY fall décor that gets everyone in the family involved in the fun.
Bring Nature Inside Your Home
This is a lovely time of the year to spend time outside, but you can bring elements of the outdoors into your home when it’s time to decorate. Take the family on a walk to collect brightly colored leaves, pinecones, acorns, twigs, and rocks in a basket. With your collection, you can make a table centerpiece, wall hanging decoration, wreath, or interesting collage with just a little glue and creativity.
Check Out Thrift Shops and Second-Hand Treasures
Rather than buying fall décor items brand-new, take a recycled approach to the season by shopping for second-hand items. You can head to thrift stores and vintage stores to see what kind of decorations they have available for sale. Or scope out garage sales in your neighborhood or sale listings on the NextDoor app to make use of what your neighbors don’t need anymore.
Buy High-Quality New Items That Are Reusable
If you come across a piece of brand-new fall décor that you absolutely love, make sure that it’s a high-quality piece that you can use for many years to come. Anything you buy new should be able to be stashed away in a closet until next year and then brought out to enjoy again next year. Some of these fall items can withstand the test of time and even become family heirlooms passed down through the generations.
What is your favorite way to decorate for fall? Share your best decorating idea with us in the comment section below!