Do you enjoy decorating your home for the holidays? I’m kind of a scrooge when it comes to anything holiday-ish. It seems Michael and I find ourselves in denial from October through the end of the year. But I realize we are in the minority. My friend Lisa Sharp, who blogs at Retro Housewife Goes Green, loves to decorate — without plastic. In this guest post, she takes you around her house to share her own decorations and reveals the hidden plastics you might not think to watch out for.
What’s your favorite plastic-free holiday idea?
A walk down the fall decor aisle at the store and you see plastic, plastic and more plastic.
So can you have your home beautifully decorated for fall without all the plastic? Yes, you can. Here are some great plastic-free decorations to get you started.
Decorating with nature is a great way to avoid plastic. Look for local pumpkins, mums, gourds, freshly fallen leaves, acorns, pine cones, and anything else you can find. These things can be used to make center pieces, decorate the front of your house and more. A quick Google search can help you find inspiration for these items. You can even get your kids involved with helping find the items you will use.
If you aren’t much for DYI a great place to find plastic-free fall decorations is Etsy.com. Just be sure you request the seller doesn’t use plastic when mailing the items to you. Most are very willing to help you with this request.
Some things to look for are pumpkins that are made from cotton fabric or are knit using wool or other natural fiber. Also make sure the pumpkins are filled with cotton, not polyfill. Felted pumpkins and acorns are also a cute plastic free option. Make sure the felt is wool, not polyester and not felted around plastic.
Wooden signs can be great for your front door or even on your walls. The options for these are unlimited. Many Etsy sellers will even make custom signs so you can be sure to get the color and style you want.
Wooden blocks and letters make nice decorations and are easy to use even for those who aren’t so great at decorating. Just make sure the designs are made using paper or paint and not vinyl lettering. You can even just buy unfinished wood blocks, scrapbook paper, and a water based glue and make your own.
Putka pods are a neat fall decoration as well. These little pods look like mini pumpkins and are totally natural. Just make sure they aren’t scented and ask the seller not to package them in plastic. These can be used in a nice bowl as a center piece with other things like mini fabric pumpkins and cinnamon sticks, or just place them in a nice mason jar with a pretty bow. If you want to get more DIY with them, you can carefully thread them and make a garland.
The options for plastic-free fall decorations are endless, and you can easily have a plastic-free, beautifully decorated home this fall.