I love bringing outdoor things inside to decorate. Pods, nuts, branches and dried flowers are naturally beautiful and interesting; plus they don’t cost a dime!


Raking up leaves the other day and I found some beautiful horse chestnuts under my tree.

About this time of year you can find nuts and pods under trees.  Branches or dried flower heads can be snipped from the plants.  I kept some dried onion flowers from my spring-blooming Allium bulbs and have them in a vase.  The horse chestnuts I collected are in a red pottery bowl.  Look for red or orange rose hips on your rose bush. 

When displaying your outdoor treasures simple presentation is best:

  • Display one large object alone.  Place on a little stand or turn a cup saucer upside down.
  • Small items look good in multiples.  Use a tall glass vase or jar.
  • When grouping different items keep size, texture and color in mind – contrast is nice! 
  • Consider adding interesting or unusual items to the grouping like pottery, candles or metallic objects.  Since many natural items are of the brown variety, add some color with your man-made objects to highlight the texture and shape.


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