5 Foraged (and Free) Decorating Ideas from the Archives

Photograph by Justine Hand for Remodelista

Over the years, we've come up with low- (or zero-) cost tricks to spruce up the house for the holidays, all of them natural, low-impact (often making use of scraps or fallen sprigs), and—most often—free. Here are a few favorite ideas.

1. Clare makes the case that a single leaf or stem makes a simple—but beguiling—winter place setting.

Photograph by Sarah Statham

2. Justine found that fallen leaves, seed pods, nuts, and pinecones, touched up with just the tiniest bit of metallic paint, add a dash of glitz.

Photograph by Justine Hand

3. Berry bunch as tree topper.

Photograph by John Merkl.

4. From Gardenista contributor Kendra: Berries and botanicals encased in ice make ethereal winter herbariums.

5. No need for a garland: Per Alexa, a bundle of slightly wonky branches make for an instant centerpiece—string lights optional.