Traipsing through the forest, leaving footprints in the newly fallen snow -- it's what winter wonderland dreams are made of. You can re-create this woodland theme at home by incorporating rustic, natural decor and forest accents into your Christmas decorating. It's a look that will make even Bambi feel at home.

By Jennifer Flores

Take your cues from Mother Nature's palette and pair rich textured brown pinecones with natural greenery. It is the holidays after all, so add a bit of sparkle and shine to the organic tones with hints of silver. Mercury glass decorative balls add shimmer without being too flashy, while gifts wrapped in kraft paper seem just right for this woodsy scheme.

Red and Rustic

Traditional rustic decorations punctuated with touches of red naturally say Christmas. Bring out the call of the wild by decking the tree with owls in varying sizes, woodland creatures, and giant acorns. Clusters of snow-tipped pinecones and a cozy fur tree skirt wrapped beneath the boughs continue the enchanted forest theme and celebrate the beauty of nature.

Branch Out

Nothing says woodland more than broken twigs decorating the forest floor. No need to hit the hinterland though. Just gather twigs and branches from the yard, and give them a dusting of white or light gray spray paint for a snowy look. Affixed to a grapevine wreath and tied with a textured jute bow, the twigs look welcoming and hint at the woodland theme indoors. Accent the neutral palette with fresh and fragrant greenery.

Bold and Organic

Treat your guests to a woodland welcome with a gorgeous nature-inspired garland in the entryway. Adorned with pheasant quills, pinecones, and mossy-hued ribbon, the garland enhances the room's neutral decor. Bold amaryllis brings a crimson touch, while a single cutting in a tall vase adds to the verdant theme.

Woodsy Place Setting

Carry the woodsy decor to your festive table with a few easy accents. Birch logs cut to varying lengths make perfect natural candleholders. Stick with white plates, natural place mats, and a burlap runner for a look that is organic and simple. A napkin folded into a tree shape adds a touch of whimsy while keeping with the theme.

Bring the Outdoors In

Create a table with natural appeal by setting it with a trio of tall lanterns and a garland dotted with pinecones. The low profile garland adds a dash of color and earthy scent to festivities and allows sparkling conversation to flow. Once night falls, dim the lights and set the candles aglow for an into-the-woods feel.



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