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26 Festive Natural Christmas Decoration Ideas to Find, DIY & Buy

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, there are hundreds of styles you can choose from. If a rustic decor is your style, you’re in luck. We love the natural look for our holiday decorations, and we’ve compiled a list of our favorite natural Christmas decoration ideas. Take a look at our top choices and pick a few that would look great in your home this Christmas.

Natural Christmas Decoration Ideas to Try in 2020

Whether you’re looking for ways to use materials f5rom your own environment, want to DIY some decor with purchased natural elements, or would rather buy completed decorations in a natural or rustic theme, we’ve got what you’re looking for. These are our absolute favorite

Natural Christmas Decoration Ideas to Find

One of the great things about natural decor is the fact that you can find it right in your backyard. Instead of spending all of your money on store-bought decorations, you can check your yard for some materials and make your own.

Pile of Logs

woodpile decoration natural christmas idea

As simple as this idea sounds, it’s a beautiful way to decorate. If you already have firewood, stack it up in a small, neat pile. You can even stick some pine cones on top of it to make the stack more festive.

If you don’t have wood for it, check your backyard for thick branches. Cut them up into equal sizes and proudly display them.

Pine Cones

pine cone crafts for natural christmas decorations

Go into your yard and collect some pine cones. Before you bring them inside, make sure there are no bugs inside the pine cones. Then, get out your crafting supplies.

Sure, you could scatter the pine cones around without doing anything to them. But why not make things more festive? Take some clear glue and make a circle around the pine cone. Sprinkle glitter on the glitter glue and let it dry. If you have battery-operated LED string lights, add them to the mix.

Evergreen Branches

natural christmas decoration ideas pine bough

With a vase, bag, box, or any other container you like, and a few branches from an evergreen tree, you can make a beautiful centerpiece. As an added benefit, it makes your home smell great.

Tea Lights in Glass Jars

tea lights or votives in old mason ball glass jars

If you have some empty glass jars laying around and a few tea lights, you don’t have to spend any money on this decor. Whether they’re lit or not, the lights will be one of your best natural Christmas decoration ideas.

Natural Christmas Decoration Ideas to DIY

Gather your craft supplies, get out the glue gun, and start making Christmas. This is our absolute favorite way to decorate for any occasion, but it’s extra fun at Christmas, especially when you get the kids involved or repurpose materials from around the house.

Pine Cone Wreath

pinecone wreath tutorial diy natural christmas decor ideas
Credit: Up to Date Interiors

With an abundance of found or purchased pine cones and a foam wreath mold, you can make this decoration in not time. It’s fast and easy, and the pine cone wreath makes for a stunning focal point on a door or wall.

Natural Evergreen Wreath

natural christmas decoration ideas wreath
Credit: Laura Moss/This Old House

Using some branches from an evergreen tree, you can make your own wreath. Wrap the branches in a circular shape and decorate them with berries, pine cones, and other festive items.

Simple Burlap Banner

simple natural burlap banner diy tutorial
Credit: Emmy in Her Element

With just a bit of lace, some burlap, a little craft paint and time, this easy-to-whip-up banner is ready to hang anywhere in your home, even on the tree. These look great over a fireplace if you have one, or across windows as seasonal swags, and on guest bedroom headboards if you’re hosting company for the holidays.

Pine Cone Ornaments

pine cone ornament decoration tutorials
Credit: A Piece of Rainbow

Why not turn pine cones into beautiful ornaments? There are at least 48 different ways to make pine cone ornaments, and odds are one of these or a mix of tutorials will have what you’re looking for.

Grapevine Wreath Garland

natural christmas decoration grapevine wreath garland tutorial diy
Credit: Scout & Nimble

Sometimes the materials you need are hiding inside someplace unexpected. Here, grapevine wreath forms are disassembled and used as a tree garland that is inexpensive, very rustic, and so easy you won’t believe it hadn’t already occurred to you to try it. Ten minutes and some gentle fussing later, you’ve got a tree ready to deck out in all your alpine woodland goodness.

Dried Citrus Garland

DIY natural orange garland tutorial Christmas decoration

Oranges feature heavily in traditional Christmas decor, and they’re perfect for a natural theme for your tree and home this holiday too. Use a mix of navel and blood oranges, or go nuts with lemon, lime, grapefruit and clementine as well. This tutorial is simple and straightforward, and costs little more than a bag of fruit.

Cinnamon Stick Ornaments

rustic cinnamon stick ornaments
Credit: Consider the Peel

Wrap a large bunch of cinnamon sticks together, and you have a rustic holiday element. You can hang them as ornaments on your tree, or place them in a bowl with other decor. Or you can follow this handy tutorial to jazz them up a bit.

Driftwood Tree Decoration

driftwood christmas tree diy tutorial
Credit: Stylish Revamp

If you live near a body of water, chances are you have a good source of driftwood. (If not, you can always check your local neighborhood swap or Facebook market for a good deal!) This tutorial couldn’t be simpler, and whether you find or buy the materials, it’s pretty cheap, too. We love the texture of water-smoothed wood, and the gray color works well with other holiday decor no matter your style.

Scented DIY Ornaments

diy salt dough ornaments scented tutorial
Credit: Rocky Hedge Farm

The smells of the holidays are among the most important aspects of the whole experience. It’s simple to bring that warm spicy fragrance into your home for the season while also adding an uncomplicated, festive flair to your space with these Christmas Scented Salt Dough Ornaments.

Natural Christmas Decoration Ideas to Buy

Add to your Christmas collection with these natural Christmas decoration ideas.

Bark Candles

Although you can make bark candles on your own, it’s hard to find dead trees with intact bark. These bark candles have an outdoor feel that warms up any room.

    Serene Spaces Living Birch Bark Candle Set of 3

Buy at Amazon
    By using natural birch bark to wrap the candle, each candle is a little different in color and texture. Sold as a set of 3 Small candles. Small: 3in D x 4in H

Log-Print Storage Ottoman

This cute lidded tote does more than just hold your kids’ toys and odds and ends. It’s also an ottoman, which you can use as additional seating, a footrest, or a small portable table when entertaining. Plus, the natural texture and feel of the fabric is appropriate for year-round use.

    Sorbus Storage Ottoman, 15 Inch

Buy at Amazon
    Add storage and seating with a beautiful folding ottoman — Tuck away clothing, linens, blankets, toys, and more to maximize your space with style and function

Norfolk Island Pine

Get a small Norfolk Island pine. String it with berries or mini lights or tiny pinecones. The best part about a live plant is that it will bring you joy all year long.

    Live Norfolk Island Pine in Custom Planter

Buy at The Sill
    Start a new tradition this year with our Norfolk Island Pine Tree. A lively addition to your home all year round, the Norfolk is not a true pine but a tropical evergreen endemic to Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean.


Nothing says rustic like lanterns. Buy a few wood-finished candle lanterns and place them near pine cones or evergreen branches.

    Glitzhome Farmhouse Hanging Candle Lanterns, Set of 2

Buy at Amazon
    Glitzhome offers different selections of decorative candle lanterns, such as industrial style lanterns, farmhouse style lanterns, etc. Just kindly check our store and sneak a peek at most popular decorative home candle lanterns.

Rattan Ball Lights

Wrap a string of these rattan ball lights around your tree for a country feel. Even after the holidays, you can use these lights to decorate your patio.

    LIDORE 10 Count Natural Rattan Ball String Lights

Buy at Amazon
    Handmade rattan balls affixed to a green cord strung with 10 warm white incandescent bulbs. Connect multiple strings for tree trimming, patios, bedrooms, and more!

Wooden Christmas Ornaments

Made of wood, these Christmas ornaments are simple, yet eye-catching. There’s a reindeer, snowflake, mitten, and other shapes.

    eZAKKA Wooden Christmas Ornaments

Buy at Amazon
    Not only great hanging on your tree but also they would also be great to attach to christmas gifts with the tag or just give them as a gift.

Christmas Stockings

If you want to hang your stockings by the chimney with care, get these cable knit stockings. They’re ideal for the rustic look, especially in this undyed ivory color.

    Kunyida Ivory Knit Christmas Stockings, set of 6

Buy at Amazon
    knit identically on both sides in ivory woolen fiber, with loops for hanging. 18 inches long, and large enough to hold small toys, fruit, candy and other stocking stuffers.

Natural Garland

This garland made from rustic pine cone decorations is the perfect addition to any tree.

    Woodsy Rustic Pine Cone Farmhouse Fall Christmas Garland

Buy at Amazon
    Natural pinecone garland, ready to hang, features white painted pine cones measures approx. 45 inches long. Woodland country decor adds a nature inspired touch to your holiday home. Bring nature inside your home this season.

Rustic Tree Topper

Don’t ruin your natural Christmas decor ideas by placing a modern topper on your tree. Instead, keep things rustic with a suitable topper, like this punched tin star.

    BCD Punched Star Tree Topper

Buy at Amazon
    The Mini Punched Star Tree Topper adds a primitive finishing touch to your tree! Antiqued sheet metal star with punched dot and dash designs, tube on bottom slides over the top of your tree. 5-1/2 inches tall and 4 inches wide.

Wintry Natural Pillows

These pillow covers are a soft, undyed cotton with white embroidered snowflakes. While it’s a quick DIY for an experienced crafter, it’s certainly faster to purchase them. Get a few sets and toss pillows into cozy seating areas for wintertime tea and reading breaks.

    Piper Classics Frosted Snowflake Throw Pillow Cover, 18x18

Buy at Amazon
    Taupe (grey-beige) chambray fabric is embroidered with a large detailed snowflake in soft-white thread. Reverses to same fabric on back with two button closures. Pillow insert not included.

Small Trees

This set of tiny Christmas trees may be just what you need. They look natural from a distance and have a stable wooden base.

    Fbaby 5 PCS Desktop Miniature Pine Tree

Buy at Amazon
    Exquisite white cedar design, solid wood base,pleasant colors and comfortable texture, which is perfect for Christmas indoor or outdoor decoration. Set of 5 trees in assorted sizes.

Woodland Ornaments

These ornaments look like furry woodland animals. With a raccoon, fox, owl and squirrel on your tree, your decor will be complete.

    Sumind 4 Pieces Plush Animal Ornament

Buy at Amazon
    These adorable woodland animal ornaments are made of artificial fur, durable and firm to use, touch soft and comfortable, lightweight and easy to carry around, reusable and you can keep for a long time

Seasonal Rustic Candles

Mini mason jar candles can’t be more perfect for a down-home holiday ambiance. The 4-candle sets from Our Own Candle Company come in all your favorite fragrances, including Cranberry Orange Spice, Winter Wonderland, Snickerdoodle (a favorite holiday cookie in our family) and for a little cabin-retreat goodness, this set in Peppermint Eucalyptus.

    Our Own Candle Company Peppermint Eucalyptus Scented Mini Mason Jar Candle

Buy at Amazon
    We paired two great scents into one great candle. Refreshing Peppermint, and soothing Eucalyptus blended into 3.5 oz mini mason jars of our specially blended soy and paraffin wax. Lead free wick with patented straightener to ensure proper burning every time; Up to 30 hours burn time per candle. Made in the USA


handmade ornaments christmas tree rustic found materials

Although natural holiday decoration ideas look easy to accomplish, they take some work. You need to tie everything together, incorporating natural looks in your ornaments, figurines, and more. We’ve done the work to compile some of the best natural holiday decoration ideas, and now you can focus on decorating.