Simple Holiday Homestead Decor


pinecone display basket for fall 

The holiday season is a favorite time of year for me, and I always fondly remember Christmas at my Grandmother's farm as a child. I don't remember the toys or the food, but can still picture the yearly tradition of putting all of her Christmas cards up on the big center beam that was in the living room of that early-1800s home. She always modestly decorated, which helped to teach me that you don't need fancy lights or expensive wreaths to make the season joyful. The holidays are a time for family, friends, love, giving, and happy memories to be made.

The question I asked myself this year was, "How can I incorporate the land and surroundings into modest decorations?" In what way could I take material from the outdoors that is normally overlooked, and give it beauty by making it a part of the indoor festivity? Homesteading is very much about creativity for us, and so the possibilities would start to add up quickly. I then selected five different ways to keep home decor simple, and went to work.

Pine Needles

As the Fall winds arrived and began to make the trees dance and lose their leaves, we would often find clusters of green Loblolly Pine needles on the ground that weren't strong enough to withstand the wind. Stripping the needles from the branch, I tried my hand at making a hand broom and a miniature broom. I clustered a bunch of needles together and wrapped the area to be held in the hand tightly with twine. Then, I trimmed the edges evenly to make a functional and wonderful smelling hand broom. I also made a miniature broom with a small stick and a cluster of needles in much the same way. It had been some time since I'd last made an actual Sorghum broom, but nonetheless it turned out wonderful. A hole was drilled in the top of the stick and string ran through it, so that the miniature broom could be hung up for display.

pine needle hand broom 

A Pine needle hand broom and miniature broom. 

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