Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Decor

The 2 Seasons
by The 2 Seasons
2 Materials
1 Hour
Visiting historic Williamsburg, VA is like taking a step back in time. Not only are there beautifully restored homes and shops, but the people who work there wear clothing from the time and remain in character when having a conversation with a visitor. We spent Thanksgiving in Williamsburg and were lucky enough to see their beautiful Christmas decorations that had been freshly hung. Every decoration used natural items. Some were traditional like apples and oranges, and others were very nontraditional like pipes, oyster shells, dried pods, etc.
Creativity and natural items collected from your yard or the grocery store is all that's needed to create beautiful swags, wreaths, garlands, and sprays. This one has apples, dried flowers, cinnamon sticks and more.
This beautiful decoration is made of greens along with pomegranates, dried pods, pine cones, and dried berries.
Have you ever thought of using cotton in a wreath? It works perfectly in this wreath combined with two kinds of apples, oranges, and lemons.
This wreath is very colorful and uses soaps, combs, feathers, dried orange slices, pine cones and other items. Can you see the one thing that is really kind of creepy to use in a wreath? At least, it's creepy to me, but in the olden days, they evidently used everything!
This iconic door topper is what most people think associate with colonial Williamsburg Christmas decorations. It is made from a wooden base that has nails in it. The apples and pineapple are attached to the nails. The backing is magnolia leaves. It's hard to imagine that the colonial folks had to make their decorations without the luxury of a glue gun, but if you want to make any of these items, buy some plain natural wreaths, fruits at the grocery store, and get out your glue gun and plug it in! We have lots more photos on our blog and would love for you to stop by and see the colorful outdoor decor.
Suggested materials:
  • Evergreens   (nature)
  • Fruits, and dried items   (grocery store)
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