“I love everything about the holidays: the decorations, the parties, and spending time with friends and family. What I love most is that feeling of giving back. Every bit counts.”
– Brad Goreski
Perhaps your home has little-to-no space to store holiday decorations. Maybe you’re just tired of lugging boxes down from the attic or up from the basement. Whatever the reason, these compostable or recyclable minimalist holiday decorations offer not only beauty for your home, but fun craft activities for the family.
- Dried citrus ornaments.
- A bundle of cinnamon sticks – or make himmeli ornaments with cinnamon sticks.
- Paper snowflakes to hang as ornaments or to decorate windows.
- Cinnamon clay or cinnamon salt dough ornaments (combine with dried citrus for a beautiful garland).
- Swags made from evergreen, holly and/or ivy prunings.
- Twig ornaments – stars or snowflakes. These also work for wreaths.
- Glass candle holders with cranberries, nuts, or a mix of items under the candle – try floating candles. Mason jars work too.
- Or decorate the outside of the candle holder.
- Origami ornaments.
- Apothecary jars or mason jars filled with nuts, bits of greenery, berries and/or small pinecones.
- Popcorn and cranberry garlands.
- Vertical or horizontal candle holders from small hollowed logs.
- Turn your refrigerator into a snowman.
- Small evergreen or bare tree branches, decorated with natural items, paper snowflakes or construction-paper ornaments (if you’re not artistic, trace the shape using a cookie cutter or online template).
If you’re planning to compost your decorations after the holidays, use raffia, garden twine or cotton thread to hang ornaments, string garlands, etc. Or if you use wire, be sure to remove the compostable items from it, and then recycle the wire.