Tired of strolling the lines of big box stores and staring at plastic flowers and reprints of unoriginal art? Bet you’re tired of the prices, too. Bet you think — I could make that for less and using natural materials.

Yes. Yes, you can! That doesn’t mean you should spend the next four hours on Pinterest. No, all you need is time in nature, green thumb potential, some glue and other crafty odds and ends to decorate with Mother Nature on a dime.

  1. Branches

Wish you could live outside in a tree? Feeling that fairy magic?

Collect a few branches and glue them together into an arrangement along your ceiling or wall and string fairy lights between them. You can also cut the branches down and frame them as art or as decorative shelving.

  1. Plants Everywhere

Let nature into your home, and bringing plants in the house improves your health and mood — plants eliminate 87 percent of toxins within 24 hours. Broad-leafed hanging plants regulate humidity, best for second floors and humid areas.

Keep an herb garden on your kitchen windowsill. Grow succulents in magnetic jars on your fridge. Suspend hanging plants from your ceiling to create more vertical length.

  1. Pressed Petals and Flower Pictures

When the petals fall from the plants, save and press them to create art for your walls. Adhere the flowers or petals to a colorful or decorative quality paper and slide your work of art into a frame. Try making a mandala or new types of flowers from your imagination using the petals. Pick up old frames from a yard sale or thrift store and upcycle them.

  1. Shells

Who sells seashells by the seashore? No one. Who steals seashells from the seashore? You.

It’s time to do something with all that shell booty. From simple display to a shell garland, here are a few ideas to incorporate your shell collection into your decorating:

  • Display them along bookshelves and windowsills.
  • Glue them to picture frames, pots, signs and anywhere you want sea whimsy.
  • Make a floating seashell curtain by stringing fishing wire through them.
  • Use a sturdy, big shell to stash your jewelry after a hard day’s work.
  • Construct a shell wreath by gluing shells to a foam wreath and sticking in other sea-related objects.
  • Paint inspirational words on larger shells to display, such as “Hope.”

Seashells don’t have to be spread around randomly or glued to small accent items. Shells make for eye-catching centerpieces, too. Place 10-hour votives in sand-filled glass jars — the sand should only fill the jar by a third. Surround each votive with seashells so only the top of the glass is visible. You can also lie a wreath flat on a table as a centerpiece instead of displaying it on the door or create mini seashell wreaths and hang them on the back of your porch chairs.

All homes need a unifying theme or feature. Maybe yours is simply shells.

  1. Stones and Gems

If you didn’t have a shell collection, then you surely have a stone collection. Like the shells, you can spread the stones around across bookshelves or windowsills. Glue them to picture frames or other objects.

If your stones are more gem-like than pebble-like, place them according to the atmosphere you want create in a room. For example, place rose quartz in bathrooms for relaxation and feminity or in social areas if you want to emphasize friendship and joy. If you have the right tools, you can also drill holes in these gems and create candle holders or make mini vases for succulents.

  1. Bones

Bring Georgia O’Keeffe’s desert-inspired works of art to life. It beats paying a pretty penny for a reproduction!

Purchase bone replicas or use real bone to create decorative focal points along walls, on tables and outdoors. Paint your walls a desert sunset orange or clear sky blue. Hang a skull against the wall or grow a live plant inside the skull.

From plants to bones, that’s the cycle of life and death. Nature is part of who you are no matter how much plastic you see daily. So, surround yourself with more natural decor to breathe a little easier and save money.


Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

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