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Nuts are a popular part of traditional Christmas decorations. It was common to have nuts out during the holidays for guests in many traditional Christmas homes, and still remains a tradition in many homes today. Nuts also pop up in the lyrics of Christmas songs, like “Chestnuts Roasting Over an Open Fire.” If you want a traditional holiday vibe, you can’t go wrong incorporating nuts into your holiday decorations. Below are several creative ways to decorate with holiday nuts this season. The wonderful thing about using nuts in holiday decorations is how versatile and easy they are to work with, as you’ll see below.

It’s easy to make a garland by gluing some string to some nuts. Image: Etsy

A garland of holiday nuts

One of the most fun parts of holiday decorating is stringing together a garland. It’s relaxing and meditative. And you can make a garland out of just about anything: cranberries, popcorn, pinecones and, of course, nuts.

An example is the golden walnut garland in the photo above. You can make your own by hot gluing some nuts to twine. The one in the photo above is featured on Etsy, so you can also purchase one, if you’re not feeling too crafty. The metallic paint on the walnuts is a nice touch for the holidays. Silver, green or red paint would look good for a seasonal theme, too.

Nuts make great additions to holiday wreaths. Image: Etsy

A fruit and nuts wreath

Another idea to decorate with holiday nuts is to add some to a wreath. The wreath above has a fruit and nut theme and is also featured on Etsy.

However, it’s easy to make your own. You can add nuts to just about any holiday wreath. Some additional hazelnuts, chestnuts or walnuts added as accents fit right in with any seasonal theme. You might also consider painting the nuts in seasonal colors like gold, silver, red, white or green before adding them to a wreath. Metallic shades especially will help the nuts pop as part of the wreath design. You can also add seasonal items to a regular green wreath, like nuts, cranberries, pinecones and holiday ribbon.

Place some nuts around candles as an easy holiday decorating idea. Image: My Sweet Savannah

Walnuts and candles

Nuts also pair well with holiday candles. A seasonal scented candle  looks even more festive surrounded by walnuts, like in the photo above. It’s a simple matter of placing the candle in a glass display vase and surrounding it with the nuts. This idea couldn’t get any easier.

Another idea to decorate with holiday nuts is to get a deep, wide glass vase. Then fill the vase with a combination of nuts, cranberries, pinecones or other favorite seasonal items. Then you can place an LED candle on top of the items to reduce the fire hazard. These could work well as table centerpieces, accents on end tables or as part of a holiday mantel display.

Bowls of nuts can fit in with just about any holiday display. Image: Traumzuhause

Going simple with a bowl of nuts

And then there’s going as easy as possible: a simple bowl of nuts. These combine well with other seasonal items, like in the photo above. By placing the bowl of nuts with other seasonal items, you create a grouping that acts as its own cohesive display.

Create this idea in variety of ways to decorate with different holiday nuts in different areas of your home. You might have the bowl of nuts between two seasonal nutcracker dolls. The bowl of nuts could be next to some seasonal candles and placed on a seasonal table runner. It’s a good way to make use of different seasonal decorations you’ve collected through the years.

Loose nuts work well in a variety of holidays displays. Image: Miss Mustard Seed

Creative displays using loose nuts

Nuts that still have the shells on them look great even when placed loosely around other holiday items. For instance, this advent candle display looks great with some added surrounding nuts.

You can take this idea and apply it to other decorating ideas, as well. For instance, you could place some loose nuts around seasonal displays with Christmas figures. They can make great small accents in seasonal mantel displays. You could place nuts at the base of seasonal candleholders. Ideas like these show how easy it is to add some nuts to any seasonal display for an instant traditional Christmas tone.

What are your favorite ways to decorate with holiday nuts? Let us know in the comments.