Bear in mind, this is by no means an encouragement to reject deep-rooted traditions professed for numerous centuries up until now. Your regular evergreen can stay where it is, as firs and pines are observed to have a rather healthy relationship. With that said, you should definitely give a pine tree a chance as an additional decor for Christmas 2017! With its wonderful scent, healing properties, and easy accessibility, you can acquire a natural, beautiful-looking decor piece that will only add to the generally rustic vibe of the festivity.
Build a Complete Wooden Alternative
A popular way of mimicking the Scandinavian minimalist vibe, a homemade wooden Christmas tree is not only a real decor eye candy, it is also a decor you’ll be able to use for every Christmas from here on out. The simple construction opens a lot of space for a creative use of ornaments (silver-sprayed conifers, paper snowflakes, etc.), making the minimalist Christmas tree a quite sophisticated design feat. Okay, so why exactly the pine tree? Although we already elaborated on the subject in our previous piece, it is more than clear that the pine tree is the Nr. 1 timber for DIY crafts. Soft, easy-to-carve, and having a consistent texture, it’s the perfect source material for Christmas handicrafts. Take a look at this brilliant example!
Use the Boughs
Oh, now this is a whole genre of Christmas decorations. Utilizable in a variety of creative ways, pine boughs seem to be made for the task. Thick and usually coming with an appealing set of cones, pine boughs can be used for advent wreaths, hallway decor, window framing, window boxes, or simply exhibited as a little Christmas Tree goof right there on your table in a stylized Christmas pot. The boughs themselves can be customized in a variety of simple yet effective ways. You can spray them silver or completely white, stuff them with artificial berries or paper snowflakes (again), or highlight them with cleverly positioned string lights. Unleash your imagination! Also, If you weren’t lucky enough to acquire a genuine Christmas tree, you can update the artificial thing using these!
Use the Cones
Want to get it done easy and affordably? Use cones. Now, again, it’s a nice way of establishing a cozy, rustic ambiance with organic decor elements while spending as little money as possible in the process. Be it a minimalist advent wreath, candlestick holders, silver-sprayed cone ornaments hanging by appealingly blue ribbons, a pine cone topiary, or even a snow globe (with the cone as a substitute for the globe), there’s a sea of options to go with. Some options even include creating full-fledged Christmas tree interpretations. In this case, you’ll need a cone-shaped foam base to stick them little critters onto. The simplest way, however, would be creating an appealing composition, such as a Christmas arrangement featuring a basket that’s filled with pine boughs and some leafy branches. Use the floral foam as the foundation. Once you have the bursting shape, add some wire to the cones and stick them into the bouquet. As evident in this piece, there are numerous options, all of whom are really pretty!
Pinewood Christmas Canvas
Here is an idea that is simple, traditional, and effective. A canvas art (or a series of them) depicting good old Wintertide scenarios with distant, snow-clad villages, magnificently decorated mantels, or even effective minimalist imagery with clever Christmas-related quotes is a go-to decor solution for most contemporary interiors. Yes, in some cases, the lesser the clutter the better. The cute, old-school mess of string nodes and multi-layer advent wreaths do not always work as intended, even with the added value of childhood sentiment. Once again, pine is the most popular tree employed to produce these canvases. A softwood timber that is both flexible and durable, it’s the perfect material for canvas stretcher bars, as there’s little to no knots, and the pronounced moldability makes the frame somewhat adaptive to the environment it’s placed in.
Logs are Underrated
One of the most beautiful aspects of rustic, organic Christmas decorations is the fact that they can spare you from unnecessary spending. Take, for example, a simple pine wood log. Though nothing much in itself, it can be wonderful eye-candy if utilized the right way. Whether it’s a creative take on the advent wreath theme (four minuscule pieces of pine log with red or white candles on them), a set of improvised seats around the Christmas tree, or simply a neat composition of logs near the fireplace (note, however, that pine is not the best when it comes to firewood), it’s an incredibly effortless albeit effective home decor hack. So, if there’s a forest nearby or you happen to own a pine (in case of the former, make sure that your woodwork activities are in line with the law), go get some refreshing DIY Christmas decor! An amazing scent and authentic ambiance is guaranteed.
Although there’s still roughly a month to go till the actual day, it is crucial to cultivate the atmosphere in time. After all, expecting and embracing Noel before it arrives is partly what the holiday season is all about. We hope that the decor solutions listed above will come in handy in the preparation process and wish you a merry winter season with some occasional creative outbursts now and then!