Natural Chinese Lantern Ornaments

If you love foraging, you'll enjoy collecting the delicate natural materials required for these exquisite Christmas tree decorations. Look for red Chinese lanterns and other vibrant plants to add a splash of color to your tree.
Chinese Christmas Lanterns on Trees

Chinese Christmas Lanterns on Trees

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

As well as gathering the papery red Chinese lanterns that appear in late summer and fall for these organic ornaments, look out for moss, rosehips, crab apples, thistles, Old man's beard from clematis and anything else that catches your eye.

If you want to mix your homemade tree decorations with some bought decorations, choose fairly traded and ethically sourced products that have been produced from sustainably grown, natural materials.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 length of thin wire, approximately 12" long
  • 1 small piece of twig
  • knitting needle or skewer
  • an assortment of found natural materials, including seed heads and small fruits with their stalks left on, and then dried

Step 1

Wrap one end of the length of wire around the small piece of twig a few times and secure the end neatly.

Twig Wrapped With Wire

Twig Wrapped With Wire

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Use a knitting needle or a skewer to pierce a hole through a crab apple fruit or a berry, as close to the center as possible.

Skewered Crab Apple

Skewered Crab Apple

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Thread the wire through the fruit, then push it carefully through the Chinese lantern. Make a knot in the wire below the lantern.

Chinese Lantern

Chinese Lantern

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Wrap the remaining wire around the stems of a thistle and a seed head, leaving enough wire at the end to secure in a loop.

Thistle and Seed Head

Thistle and Seed Head

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Clean an Oven Naturally

No harsh chemicals necessary!

Outdoor Natural Gas Fire Pits

Learn all you need to know about outdoor natural gas fire pits, from design options to safety tips.

Make Your Own Natural Weed Killer

Tackle troublesome garden weeds the sustainable way.

5 Natural Ways to Mosquito-Proof Your Yard

Keep pests at bay and stay bite-free with these easy tips and DIY projects — no chemicals required.

Natural Born Killer: Sustainable Ways to Defeat Weeds

HGTV blogger Meagan Francis offers four ways to kill weeds without chemicals.

Cork Flooring, a Natural Choice

Made from tree bark, cork floors are sustainable and come in a range of colors

Propane vs. Natural Gas for a Fire Pit

Get all the info you need on propane vs. natural gas for a fire pit.

How to Distress Furniture

What's old is chic again. Follow these step-by-instructions for achieving a distressed look on furniture.

How to Freeze Corn

Treat your family to the fresh-picked flavor of corn on the cob—all year long. It’s not hard to freeze this summertime favorite.

How to Freeze Peaches

Tips for making your harvest last.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.