10 Different Ways to Decorate With Fresh Greenery

It may not always be practical to drape your home in fresh greenery during the holidays, but you can still enjoy the look and smell of seasonal cuttings with these small-scale decorating ideas.

Picture Frame

Put a festive, holiday spin on standard picture frames by layering them with tree cuttings and holding them in place with twine, rope or ribbon.

Mistletoe Alternative

Put a crafty spin on mistletoe by repurposing a pair of knit mittens. Attach two mittens together using twine, then gather tree cuttings and trim them appropriately to fit inside. Add a nail to the door casing and hang.

Tree Skirt

Create a tree skirt alternative with a layer of cuttings placed on the ground in a circular shape. Since the cuttings will dry out in just a few days, this idea is best fit for entertaining purposes only.

Rustic Vessels

Looking for more industrial holiday decor? Here, discarded soup cans were given new life as vases thanks to a coat of black spray paint. Simple cypress tree cuttings were placed inside to bring a pop of green to the rustic mantel.


Put a Southwestern spin on seasonal decor with a dreamcatcher made from tree cuttings and a cross-stitch hoop. Attach greenery to the hoop using floral wire, then tie ribbon along the bottom of the hoop to add length.

Glass Hurricanes

To add textural appeal and color to glass hurricanes, update with tree cuttings, ribbon and spray adhesive. Gather several branches together, thinning them out until nearly flat. Cut the ends of the branches to size so they're all relatively even in height and width. Add spray adhesive to the exterior of the glass hurricane, then position each branch in place. Once the adhesive takes hold, add an extra layer of visual interest on top of the cuttings with ribbon.

Letter Wreath

Put a modern spin on traditional holiday door decor with cardboard letter forms and tree cuttings. Wrap each branch around the letter form, securing the two together with floral wire or hot glue. Once the entire surface of the form is covered, add ribbon along the top and hang.


Simple centerpieces, like glass candleholders and flower arrangements, can be dressed up with layers of cypress tree cuttings. There's no artful arrangement needed; the less perfect the greenery appears, the more natural it looks.

Wall Decor

Add an element of life to bare walls with a floral vessel filled with tree cuttings. Here, an entryway is given holiday charm with a combination of spruce and holly.


Turn tree cuttings into art with shadowboxes. Cut branches down to sizes scaled to fit inside the shadowbox frame, then flatten the branches and place them against the glass insert. Sandwich the branches between the glass insert and the back panel, then display on the wall.

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