So, I’m no artist, but something about the holidays gets me in the mood to… CREATE!

There is nothing better than bringing the outdoors in to help you celebrate the season. There are lots of ways to save green and go natural during the holidays.

For the Halloween/Thanksgiving/Fall season:
Create a simple centerpiece in seconds by grouping three small pumpkins on a placemat and scattering nuts on top and around. (Go outside, we found a pecan tree in a local park!) Finally, place a candle in the middle. I accented the centerpiece with some faux leaves I had.

For Christmas:
Create a wreath or a basket… It’s pretty simple and fun. Last year, I gathered dried buds from a magnolia tree and wired them onto a wreath base. This year, I am going to try two new projects. My mom, Karen, and I recently visited the Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel and gathered pine needles, pine cones, punk tree seed pods, and acorns. (This is ok to do if you stop in the information center to let them know what you are up to.) My mom got the idea from a workshop she attended there earlier in the year—be sure to check out all of the Center’sNature, Environmental, Historical, & Cultural Programs!

The ultimate goal is to create a pine cone wreath and a pine needle basket. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes. (Wish me luck!)

On another note—this year I’m switching to led Christmas lights. Check out the benefits here.



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