Scandi Holiday Ideas to Get a Natural Spare Look!

Enjoy all sorts of simple, Scandinavian inspired Christmas decor ideas, DIYs, tablescapes, and cozy mood makers. Scandi Holiday Ideas to Get a Natural Spare Look celebrates creativity, design talent, a few resources and serene inspiration for perfectly imperfect organic vignettes and rustic country interiors.

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Scandi Holiday Ideas to Get a Natural Spare Look!

1. Add Fresh Evergreens & Twine to Brown Paper Packages

Take a peek around your yard – even rosemary, boxwood sprigs or magnolia leaves would be beautiful too.

Beautifully wrapped gifts with Scandinavian Christmas natural, organic style - Iwona Padwalna.
Iwona Padwalna…in case you admire Scandinavian style at Christmas.

Cinnamon sticks and star anise are lovely too.

Simple Christmas giftwrap idea with brown kraft paper, twine, pinecones, and simple embellishments for a Scandinavian holiday feel - Freshideen.
Freshideen…in case rustic Scandinavian style appeals.

2. Don’t Underestimate a Simple Berry Sprig

The pop of red from cheerful berries on a neutral tablescape can be delightful.

Scandinavian style Christmas tablescape with rustic organic details and simplicity - Sister-mag.
Sister-mag…hello lovely indeed.

3. Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Birch Ornaments

They’re beautiful on a tree as-is but also perfect to simply embellish gifts and holiday place settings.

Scandi Christmas decor - birch star ornaments from Anthropologie.
Birch Star Ornaments – FIND HERE – Scandi Holiday Ideas

I spotted this faux birch log arrangement which seems so perfect if: you don’t have a fireplace but crave the ambiance of one (on the right table or nook…so cute!), you need a filler for a nonworking fireplace, or you have a fireplace but would prefer a clean look inside.

4. Get Crafty With Vintage Book Pages

Aren’t these paper cones perfect!?! So many places you could hang them.

Charming book page cones with wax seal and greenery for Scandi simple Christmas decor on a platerack with white vintage ironstone - Lillablanka.
Lillablanka…in case you need an idea for a simple handmade craft.

I have always dreamed of having a plate rack like this…how ’bout you?

Gorgeous rustic white Swedish country plate rack, ironstone, and simple Scandi Christmas cones - Lillablanka.
Lillablanka…heartwarming indeed.

5. Enjoy a Candle Spinner

I remember having these at home as a child when my folks always decorated with Scandinavian style.

6. Put This on the Stove for Instant Charm

Don’t you love it when decoration has a purpose and may even get used daily?

7. Minimal Modern Wreath DIY

You’ve got to love a timeless Scandi style hoop wreath that will be relevant for years!

Modern Scandi hoop wreath for Christmas decor with a Swedish feel - natural greenery and sweet gold bells - Allisa Jacobs.
Allisa Jacobs…hello lovely indeed.
Gorgeous winter wreath on a teal door - roses, pinecones and eucalyptus combine for a striking Scandinavian style Christmas vibe - Truloveblooms on etsy.
Truloveblooms on etsy…in case you need a beautiful wreath.

8. Whimsical Birch Trees

I love the playfulness and childlike vibe of these wonky trees.

Pre-Lit Birch Trees
Pre-Lit Birch Trees
Prelit Birch Trees…charming indeed.

9. White Glowing Advent Calendar

I love my galvanized, house-shaped advent calendar and look forward to bringing it out each year. But a house-shaped calendar that is also cozily lit? Precious.

10. Decorate With Food

Decorating with food is always a great idea: platters of gingerbread cookies, frosted cakes on pedestals, bowls of pears or green apples, and of course, oranges studded with cloves!

Dried citrus garland from HonestlyWTF. #holidaydecor #christmasdecor #DIY #christmascraft #crafts
Honestly WTF
Dried oranges in a Christmas swag on door with greenery and pinecones - Country Living. #christmasdecor #handmadedecor #greenery #driedoranges
Country Living
Charming flatlay image of mini gingerbread men cookies on a rustic farm table being iced simply - Scandinavian style Christmas decor beauty - ForkandFlower.
Fork and Flower…in case you need inspiration to bake!

11. Jingle All the Way

Christmas bells are so traditional and work so well with Scandi-style holiday schemes.

Little galvanized jingle bell ornaments for a Scandi Christmas
Jingle Bells – FIND HERE…hello darling indeed.

12. Ironing is Optional

For an unfussy, organic look, let your linens be wrinkly.

Pale Swedish Christmas tablescape with wrinkly tablecloth and rustic organic touches for a simple Scandinavian style holiday - Gunn Kristin Monsen.
Gunn Kristin Monsen…certainly a serene, slow living look.

13. Mossy Organic Decor Touches

Tuck moss into simple glass jars or zinc planters to support taper candles.

Simple Scandinavian Christmas decor idea with little glass jars of moss to hold candles and sprigs of rosemary tied with twine at top. #scandinavianchristmas #tablescape #candleholders
Source…in case you’re after an easy, low cost centerpiece idea for the holidays.

14. Reindeer Sculptures

They work so well in rooms with minimal design and neutral touches.

Bronze Sculpted Reindeer
Bronze Sculpted Reindeer
Bronze Sculpted Reindeer…hello sweetness indeed.

Aren’t these “soft sculptures” sweet with their little twig antlers and buttons suggesting wheels?

Sweet whimsical handmade deer from Shabby Annies on etsy have such a Nordic Scandi Christmas feel!
Shabby Annie Corner on etsy…certainly whimsical and darling.
White Ceramic Reindeer
White Reindeer…in case white Christmas decor floats your boat.
White Ceramic Reindeer

15. Decorate a Mini Trees

I love seeing non-traditional, understated neutrals on a tree, and when they’re mini-ornaments…so darling!

Scandinavian Christmas decor - a small fresh Christmas tree in handled basket with paper ornaments looks modern and serene against a wood backdrop - Bloglovin.
Source…in case a mini tree is more your style.
Prelit branch and Scandi Christmas trees with blue accents.
Crate and Barrel…hello Nordic style indeed.
Handmade Ceramic Christmas Village Houses
Handmade Ceramic Christmas Village Houses…hello lovely white Christmas indeed.

16. Don’t Overlook Plain Ol’ Clear Glass Jars

If you saw my collection of jars saved all year here at home…oh my! I love placing a little votive inside and massing them inside and outside in fall and winter. Sometimes I will place white sugar unde rthe candle for the suggestion of snow.

Simple yet lovely Scandi Christmas decor idea with glass jar, greenery, twine, and votive candle in window - Zolushka-new.
Zolushka-new…certainly a lovely idea to bring a cozy feel to a holiday home.

17. Showcase a Pretty Branch

Instead of tossing it in a vase or urn, try placing a pretty branch on the wall for a very natural and non-contrived look.

Simple Scandi Christmas decor - a prelit branch hung simply above a mantel - Crate and Barrel.
Pre-lit Hanging Branch Decor…in case you love natural Scandi inspired Christmas decor.

18. Make Cardamom Buns

I can smell them baking now!

19. More Winter Recipes to Try for Cozy Toasty Nights

20. Discover a Nordic Artist…You May Be Inspired!

If you don’t know Sweden’s Jonna Jinton, you need to discover her world. She is an artist inspired by her rugged surroundings, and who knew ice makes sounds like this!?!

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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8 Comments

  1. Carole
    December 12, 2020 / 10:54 am

    Michele, thank you for sharing sooo many, sooo many, BEAUTIFUL ideas with us. And, the Echoes of the North video is TRANSFORMATIVE. Again, thank you!

    • Michele
      Author
      December 12, 2020 / 8:18 pm

      You bet! I’m so happy you watched it – thank you! xox

  2. December 12, 2021 / 10:26 am

    Thanks for introducing me to Jonna Jinton. Very talented gal who shows the world the best of Sweden.

    • Michele
      Author
      December 12, 2021 / 6:21 pm

      So happy to share. You’re showing the world some of the best Swedish loveliness too.

  3. Karol
    December 12, 2021 / 4:02 pm

    Try Facebook Market Place for plate racks
    Mine was used for pamphlets so I use appetizer plates.

    • Michele
      Author
      December 12, 2021 / 6:15 pm

      Great idea – thank you!

  4. Amy
    December 18, 2021 / 12:00 am

    Love your idea of white sugar under the votive in clear glass jar for snow effect!

    • Michele
      Author
      December 18, 2021 / 8:51 am

      🙂 Thanks so much for reading, Amy.

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