Woodland Christmas is a trendy look (Pinterest search) that's easy to achieve, but as you know, selecting all the elements can prove challenging. So we've come up with a list of items that might help you prepare for your decorating adventure. Hopefully this will assist you and alleviate some shopping stress.
Birch logs (available here) are one of our go-to elements when creating a natural Christmas look. Stacking small logs near the base of your tree or along side a fireplace is effortless yet impacting. Try placing birch near, or in combination with, darker saturated tones. The contrast between the pale bark, and say a deep emerald green, is striking and highlights the texture.
Pine cones are an accessible natural element, and are often sold with added fragrance, such as cinnamon or pine (DIY tutorial). We recommend adding scented pine cones to your Christmas tree, garlands, and table centerpiece to achieve your woodland look. Their spiky texture adds depth and the fragrance reaches an additional sense to draw attention. You can wire them into arrangements, or add twine to create hanging ornaments.
Of the various Christmas greens out there, we've come to love cedar (available here). Unlike the sparse and prickly branches of most evergreens, cedar branches are soft and lay beautifully on a table or mantle. When planning the design of your table centerpiece, consider starting with a base of cedar and build from there.
Woodland Christmas can be interpreted in many ways. You can lean more on the side of rustic or add a touch of glamour with glitter. We prefer a simplified approach that features traditional colors and patterns. Since we've chosen to work in a neutral color palette, we selected red as the accent since it's widely accepted as the iconic color of Christmas. Gingham is a traditional pattern that is often associated with country life and the outdoors.
Texture is key when working in neutrals. Since we're not including a lot of bright colors, we can create visual interest by adding faux fur as a tree skirt or throw, and selecting pillows and stockings made of knit fabrics. These textures are also warm and cozy, which makes the overall look inviting and comfortable. When it comes to wrapping gifts, we love the simplicity of brown paper and colorful twine (Pinterest examples). There's something nostalgic about the aesthetic that fits perfectly in this woodland Christmas theme.
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Deck your halls with tiny trees this year to show off your favorite collectible ornaments. If you're hosting a holiday party, this is a great way to display gifts for your guests. Tie a name tag on each ornament and have guests find their personalized ornament.
Custom wreaths are back on trend, and we've seen some pretty impressive designs. With a few inexpensive supplies, you can create your own personalized door decor. By selecting colors that compliment the season and adding whimsical accessories, your creation will surely be a hit.
Step 1: Twist Chenille Stems around the wreath frame, alternating from the inner and outer rings. Keep an even spacing pattern between each stem.
Step 2: Gather the mesh at the end, and place the gathered end over the Chenille Stem. Twist the stems together to secure the mesh to the wire frame.
Step 3: From the secured mesh measure a 16" section. Then gather and secure with the next Chenille Stem.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 until you have secured the mesh all the way around the wire frame. When finished, fluff and arrange the loops for your desired shape.
Step 5: Use your collection of accessories to decorate the wreath. You may use the existing Chenille Stems or add more to secure your accessories.
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