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Green is the color for the holiday season – from wreaths and trees to lights and stockings – so why not take it a step further and decorate with truly “green” items? One of the best ways to go green is to get crafty with these edible decorations from your favorite holiday foods. OK, we know you’re not Martha Stewart but trust us, they are so easy even a kid can make these. Here is a list of our favorites…

Very Berry Christmas Tree – Make an edible centerpiece with a biodegradable Styrofoam cone, toothpicks and strawberries. Stick a toothpick in the fat end of the strawberry and then stick the other end of the toothpick into the foam forming a Christmas tree. Decorate with tiny sprigs of mint.

Cranberry and Popcorn Garland – This oldie but goodie has you adding popcorn and bright red cranberries on a string. Just tie a needle to the string, fishing wire, or twine and start layering. Wrap around your Christmas tree, the banister, or hang over the fireplace.

Clove Studded Orange – AKA, the Pomander. You probably made this in grade school but now that you have a home of your own, a clove studded orange is a fabulous way to make your house smell amazing. All you need are a few oranges, a push pin, and cloves. Prick the orange with the pin and then insert the clove. Place them in a bowl, a vase, or hang from your tree.

Gingerbread Ornaments – Even cooking goddess Nigella Lawson makes this a tradition in her home. Just follow her recipe for the dough, bake, decorate, and hang on your tree. To keep her kiddies from eating them all off the tree, she adds a little black pepper. If you plan on eating them all off the tree, skip the pepper.

Fragrant Herb Wreath – This Martha Stewart creation (we had to throw one in) combines rosemary, rosehip and eucalyptus for a decorative aromatic wreath. Don’t worry, there’s a step-by-step video. The best part is it’ll last through the winter season… with just the occasional spritz of water.