Every year is an opportunity to switch up your holiday decor, whether it be to suit the season, style of your home or your go to look – be it traditional, vintage, scandi, or even boho…
This year we have paired things back and are trying to embrace a little ‘less is more’ approach to our Christmas decor –
The best thing about the minimalist approach to Christmas styling, is that it does not necessarily mean stocking up on more store bought pieces that will eventually end up in landfill… Instead, turn your resources in the direction of your own home or backyard and look for inspiration to re-use / re-invent!
Here are some tips to get you started!!
Who said Christmas decor needs to be mass-produced and store bought?!?
This time of year is all about sharing time with the ones you love, so what better way to approach the holiday season than making you own homemade decor that holds meaning! Again, no need to go our and purchase materials, try using what you’ve already got in the cupboard! You will be surprised on what you can throw together with those small scraps you have laying around…
If you are not naturally gifted in DIY, look at more sustainable – hand-made- hand-crafted options…. these stockings from Honey Suckle Lime were perfect for my minimal Christmas theme.
Try your hand at your own wreath…
The sad reality is that most Christmas decor negatively impacts the environment, and most artificial trees, unless made from recycled materials, are the worst. If sustainability is front of mind, why not consider a using a potted plant instead?!
Whether it be an olive tree, fiddle leaf fig, or even something a little more traditional, any plant has the opportunity to play Christmas tree for the holiday season!
Here is our tree this year…
Even a potted tree by the front door works a treat… we placed one at the front of our studio!
Not sure what the exact statistics are, but I am sure you would all agree that the amount of waste generated from Christmas wrapping paper every year is super scary!
The Japanese art of Furoshiki is a beautiful, not to mention eco-friendly living tradition of wrapping gifts in cloth! Have lived in Japan for a year, I remember my host mum wrapping my lunch like this every day and the excitement I felt every lunch time as I unwrapped my surprise lunch!
AND it’s so simple and will take less time than wrapping with paper – all you need is a square piece of fabric, be it a tea towel, napkin or some use some leftover fabric remnants you have sitting around in the cupboard.
Image via Pinterest
Re-using and re-inventing from pieces you already have in your home means less time out at the shops, less money spent and most importantly… less impact on our environment!
Grab some leftover paper and make your own paper decorations to swap out your Christmas baubles this year?!
As a studio, we try our hand at something new and creative every year…we have done wreaths, our own bauble making, and we’ve even had a go at our gingerbread houses. It’s seriously one of the nights I look forward to most all year! Be sure to check out last year’s blog our or Christmas Bauble Making comp with the crew!