Eco Friendly Holiday Decor(24 items)
Welcome to the Eco Friendly Holiday Decor Collection at NOVICA.
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Novica artisans always strive to craft high-quality, environmentally-conscious pieces. They look for ways to reuse and repurpose materials, and have discovered creative methods of sculpting ornaments out of recycled cardboard and paper. Leftover materials from past projects, such as albesia wood, felt, and even cement, all find new life in eco-friendly ornaments. Each artist lists their materials under product details. You will find complete transparency in those descriptions and discover a large selection of eco-friendly Christmas decorations.
The most commonly used materials for handmade ornaments depends on resources available to the craftsman. Balinese artisans incorporate hand-painted wood and iron. Artisans in India, Central America, and Mexico work in clay, ceramics, and natural fibers. But even when regions utilize the same materials, their unique craftsmanship shines through in style and design. In India, the ancient technique of zardozi embroidery uses thin copper wires to make beautiful, sparkling Christmas ornaments. Artists are able to take common, everyday elements and turn them into extraordinary, one-of-a-kind pieces.
We love giving ornaments as gifts because they are creative, unique, and meaningful during the holiday season. Whether youre looking for hand-painted works, beaded wonders, or woven treasures, each one is a piece of culture and history. Look for whimsical ornaments from Thailand designed with images of elephants and bells. Search for matte chiseled pumpkins and owls by Peruvian artisans. Central American ornaments delight with hand-painted perfection. Whether you choose a decorative stocking from West Africa or a hand-blown glass masterpiece from the Andes, decorations are a wonderful way to spread some holiday cheer!
Hand painted ornaments differ significantly from region to region. Each depicts specific themes and images important to the culture. In the Andes, ornaments often feature owls, costumed characters, and angels. Bali expresses its festivities with design focused around stars, snowflakes, and traditional Christmas figures. Thailand, Mexico and India have popularized designs surrounding animals and intricate depictions of nature. Handmade ornaments are festive works that highlight the unique skills and cultures of artisans from around the world.
Excellent question! Decorations should definitely be handled with care. Store them in clean, safe spaces with minimal exposure to harsh particles. For extra precaution, pack each ornament separately so as to avoid breakage. Most ornaments do not require extensive cleaning, but if it should become necessary, always use soaps and detergents free from harsh chemicals. Mostly, a simple wipe should be enough to remove dust and tree debris.
From table tops to floor set-ups beneath the Christmas tree, nativity scenes are a traditional holiday centerpiece in homes around the world. Often entire families come together to partake in the experience. While there is no single right way to set up a nativity scene, certain details tend to cross regional and cultural divides. Biblical characters, animals and religious props often form the foundation of the nativity scene, while customizable pieces add extra flare. Hanging stars showcase the night sky. Decorated motifs, backdrops, ornaments, and figurines may be used to embellish a simple scene.
Absolutely! Artisans that create beaded ornaments use skills passed down for generations. Whether beads are hand-sewn onto fabric, as is the case with many of our Indian ornaments, or strung onto nylon twine, as with many West African ornaments, each piece is made with careful attention to detail.
Different cultures and regions celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways, emphasizing various decor, art, and symbolism. In the Andes, for example, Christmas ornaments consist of clay pendants in the shapes of fruit, animals, and multicolored, knitted fabrics. Bali utilizes wood, iron and even recycled paper to craft ornaments, which are often in the shape of stars, Santa Claus figurines, snowflakes, and reindeer. In the regions of Brazil and Thailand, artisans utilize hand-painted ceramics, wood, and natural fibers, while Mexico is famous for their pottery and clay. India specializes in pieces made out of decorative embroidery. Each region crafts celebratory ornaments that highlight the unique customs and art forms within their communities.
Featured Reviews on Eco Friendly Holiday Decor
So cute owls!
These little owls are even cuter than the picture. They arrived faster than I expected and made it onto the tree in time. Very well made. Now Im sorry I didnt order two sets.
I love it!
Simply made with simple materials, but the finished product is very eye-catching. Ive already received compliments and plenty of where did you get it? Pleased with my purchase
Anna Yawson Wood carvings
"One thing I have come to love about carving is that there is no waste of wood. Every small piece of wood can be used to create small creatures."
"I was born on December 10 in Accra, the capital of Ghana. I am a jovial person. I try to make the people who... read more
Popular Eco Friendly Holiday Decor
Eco-Friendly Reclaimed Wood Ornaments (Set of 6), "Season's Greetings"$19.99
This delightful and eco-conscious set of six ornaments is from Ingrid and Andrea in Guatemala. The artisans use felled branches of cypress, eucalyptus and coffee wood that is stripped of bark and then cut into discs. The wood slices are then stamped with a holiday message and ornamented with ribbons. The ornament set arrives ready to hang from maguey fiber cords; the artisans include a cotton storage bag.
Silver Wood Christmas Ornaments (Set of 3) From Guatemala, "Holy Night Glow"$19.99
Three silver hanging ornaments are hand-carved from reclaimed cypress wood in Guatemala by Victor Hugo. The set includes two pieces shaped like Christmas light bulbs and another shaped like a star.
Victor Hugo has been working as a carpenter and woodworker since the 1970s. In that time he's had the opportunity to run his own workshop, train a number of successful apprentices, and have his work recognized on a national level.
Buddhism Fish Ornament Handmade Recycled Paper (Pair), "Happiness Fish"$49.99
Said to bring happiness and freedom, fish are one of the eight sacred symbols of Buddha, inspiring this pair of ornaments from Thailand. Somyot Sawasdee crafts each ornament by hand by recycling paper with cement. Finished with green and gold paint, each fish hangs from a manila rope.
Recycled Plastic Beaded Wood Ornaments from Ghana (Set of 4), "Ashanti Faces"$54.99
Inspired by traditional masks from the Ashanti tribe, Ghanaian artisan Anna Yawson creates this cultural quartet of ornaments. Each circular ornament is crafted from sese wood, decorated by hand with colorful beads of recycled plastic.