Bring Nature Into Your Home Décor
Natural elements in home décor add beautiful texture to your home, plus they are also perfect decorating options for those of us on a tighter budget. And the best part is the opportunity making this décor brings—building moments together as a family while creating beautiful accents for your home.
Here are a few ways to incorporate nature in your home décor and inspire you to hunt and gather something for your home as a family.
Add Whimsy to Tree Branches
Have your children gather branches from the backyard, then create a simple centerpiece. Place the branches in a vase, and consider adding a touch of whimsy and color to them with other textures.
To add color, have your children wrap brightly colored embroidery thread around sections of the branches.
Create paper cutouts that celebrate various holidays, and change them with the seasons. Think hearts, snowflakes, ornaments and more. The possibilities can provide an endless time of creation and crafting as a family.
Place colorful beaded necklaces or strings of popcorn on the branches.
Pictured is the tree that owns a permanent spot in my craft room. I knitted the leaves with brightly colored scraps of yarn and attached them to branches from our backyard. It is, truly, one of my favorite pieces in our home, and it was made utilizing items we already had on hand.
Create a Terrarium Together
A terrarium is a tiny collection of plants, typically in a glass container, that adds a bit of greenery and décor to a table or shelf in the home. Making one is a fun project that the whole family can do together, and you can personalize it to make it fun for your children.
As someone who has a black thumb, this is something that requires only a little care and water. I love nature in my home that doesn’t require a lot of attention. Creating a terrarium is a lot like creating a layered cake. You need a variety of different layers in order for the plants to thrive.
How to Make a Terrarium
What You’ll Need: Large glass container, pebbles, stones, activated charcoal, plants in varying sizes (try spider ferns, African violets, nerve plants, begonias), scissors, potting soil, moss and trinkets
Add pebbles to the bottom of the container to create a false drainage layer so water can settle and not flood the plants.
Add a 1-2 inch layer of stones, depending on the size of your container.
Evenly layer the charcoal, which will help reduce bacteria, fungus and odors.
Remove plants from their pots and loosen the root ball to expose the roots. If the roots are particularly long, trim them with scissors.
Add a layer of potting soil, then gently place plants in desired arrangement—vary the locations of plants based on height, color and type to make the container full and eye-catching.
Top with more dirt and tap it firmly into place around each of the plants.
Finish with a layer of moss to add a decorative finish and keep the soil moist. If your kids are making their own little gardens, now’s the time to finish by adding fun, decorative trinkets.
More Nature-Inspired Projects
Take a hike as a family, and be sure to bring a basket to gather materials that you can use for a day of crafting some of these simple projects.
Leaf Rubbings: Look for leaves in varying shapes and sizes, then slip them under paper and rub with crayons to capture the leaf’s beautiful details.
Sun Prints: Gather flowers and herbs and make a sunprint to hang in your home.
Painted Rocks: Collect rocks to paint, then place them in the bottom of vases or small bowls to create a centerpiece.
Easy Wood Accents: Small log cuttings can add a rustic detail to a fire mantel, while large branches can add beautiful, rustic detail when mounted on a wall.
One outdoor walk with your family can yield hours of enjoyment and creativity, and I hope these ideas inspire you to add an element of nature to your home this year.