15 DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas for the Eco-Friendly Aussie

T’is the season of festivities, generosity and celebrations. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement, but if you’re looking to minimise your waste, keep Christmas costs down and embrace a unique, Australian Christmas, check out these 15 awesome DIY Christmas decoration ideas!

Eco-friendly and inspired by Australian bushcraft, they’ll be sure to make a difference to your décor, wallet and your eco-footprint this silly season.

 

DIY Wreaths

DIY native bush wreaths and garlands

Deck the halls with boughs of banksia this year with a native wreath or garland! This awesome DIY tutorial shows how to weave it all together, but keep flicking through for tips on what kind of foliage and flowers to use.

Foliage

With your greenery, explore different leaf and feature types, such as:

  1. Flowering gums, with firework-like blooms
  2. Wattles
  3. Grevillea
  4. Red Ironbark 
  5. Weeping Bottlebrush 
  6. Purple fountain grass

Flowers

Explore some festive, native wildflowers such as:

  1. Banksia
  2. Pincushion Hakea
  3. Powderpuff Lilly Pilly
  4. Kangaroo paw
  5. Protea
  6. Waratah

Extras

For additional details, use gumnuts or berries, such as those found on the Hill's Weeping Fig or riberry tree, or add white accents such as aniseed myrtle, tea tree and silver croton.

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Succulent Wreath

For something a little different, combine your love of crafting, gardening and Christmas with an amazing succulent wreath! They're easy to water and you're left with a living decoration to last you for years to come, if properly cared for. Check out this super simple DIY tutorial!

 

 

Christmas Décor

Herb garlands

Weave together herbs like rosemary, bay leaf branches, oregano, basil, thyme, mint, and any other herbs you like, to create a centrepiece that doubles as flavour enhancers for your Christmas meal. Add red chilies, radishes, garlic bulbs or cranberries for splashes of festive colour! Check out the DIY tutorial here!

Festive fruit centrepieces

Turn the standard fruit bowl into a festive and unique centrepiece with pomegranates, cherries, plums, figs, nectarines and apples, mixed with native green foliage, to be enjoyed as a light dessert and palate cleanser after all that roast turkey.

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Driftwood faux reindeer antlers

The rustic charm of antlers without the hunting!

Popular in Scandinavian and coastal décor, it can be laid against a table or mantelpiece or propped in a vase, with ornaments hanging from its branches.

Not close to the shore? Check out this simple tutorial on how to make your own driftwood! 

Wrapping paper alternatives

Even though paper is recyclable, every festive season sees an increase by 30% of rubbish volumes Australia wide, including gift wrapping and packaging.

Check out these gift wrapping alternatives, like fabric wrapping with second hand scarves, to cut back on your waste when bundling up your presents this Christmas.

 

 

Christmas Tree Alternatives

Christmas Tree Wall Art

Maximise your floor space with these beautiful yet simple DIY Christmas Tree Wall Art Ideas.

Floating ornament mobile tree

If ornaments are the most treasured element of your tree, why not make them the focus?

This detailed tutorial shows you how to create a floating mobile that creates a sleek, modern Christmas Tree.

Mini Tree

Baby trees, such as Australian brush cherry, bunya bunya or Norfolk Island pines, or shrubs like rosemary or lavender, make beautiful mini trees that can be set on a shelf or counter and offer the same lush look and fresh smell as a real one! Check out how to make your own rosemary mini Christmas Tree here.

String light tree

Put those Christmas lights to good use and create a glowing tree on your wall with this simple tutorial.

Christmas bouquet

Foliage or all green bouquets create a gorgeous and low key alternative that you can make as festive as you want, from small ornaments to copper wire fairy lights.

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DIY Ornaments

DIY wire ornaments

Choose a metallic that best complements your Christmas them and morph them into whatever shapes you wish with some wire benders.
Copper and brass ornaments look incredible against almost every colour of tree.

Glass bulb planters

These bulb terrariums saw a rapid rise to popularity this year, so why not continue the trend into the festive season!

These mini bulb planters are perfect for air plants, but if you're worried about them breaking, opt for some plastic alternatives.

Stick snowflakes

This tutorial shows you how to create beautiful rustic snowflakes out of the sticks in your yard that you were going to sweep up anyway.

Nuts and seeds

Simply glue or screw a bauble hanger onto foraged gum nuts, seeds and pine cones! A great activity to spend time with the kids and turn a trip to the park into a treasure hunt.

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Written by Evelyn Kandris

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