Dec. 14, 2016
Once again, the holiday season is upon us, and it's a great chance to spread the festivity throughout your home. Decorating your home to fit the season can get you and your family in the spirit and spread the cheer to all who visit. While there are many traditional ways to spruce up your home - such as a tree or wreath - there are many new, innovative, and easy ways to change up your decor this season. Check out our favorite tips and tricks for easily decorating your home this holiday season:
ADD AN OUTDOOR TREE
Sure, we all know that the big fancy tree belongs in the house, but a lean, untrimmed, and bare spruce next to the door can add extra charm and set the tone before stepping inside.
CRAFT YOUR OWN TREES
Yes, the more trees, the merrier! This symbol of the season can be reinvented in many ways: stand-up felt trees, artfully arranged books, and even ornaments by themselves pinned up to resemble a tree can easily add cheer.
FILL YOUR HOUSE WITH GIFTS
Under the tree looking crowded? Spread wrapped gifts - or faux gifts from wrapped boxes - around your home. Stack boxes on a bookshelf, window ledge, or basically any corner that needs some love.
FILL UP THE ENTRYWAY
It's hard to limit the ornaments on the tree - add those extras to an evergreen garland and drape along a doorway or banister. You can also hang ornaments from ribbons around the home for an extra festive feel.
DRESS UP A CENTERPIECE
A bowl of candy or nuts is too commonplace - create a fun centerpiece with extra shiny ball ornaments, leftover wrapping paper, and a few candles for an eye-catching look.
REPURPOSE WINE BOTTLES
Wrap bottles in shiny wrapping paper and place candlesticks in the opening for an easy but charming holiday look.
MAKE YOUR OWN STOCKINGS
You can use secondhand sweaters, mittens, or even an old quilt to create your own rustic and personalized decor to hang from your mantle. There are many easy to follow stocking instructions if you're not so handy with the needle. Get sewing with these step-by-step instructions.
THE MORE GLITTER, THE BETTER
Lack of snow bringing you down? Silvery glitter is a great trick for giving your home an icy frost feel. Roll ornaments or faux fruit in white and silver glitter to give your accessories a winter shine.
DECORATE WITH NUTS
Skip the nutcracker bowl: use walnuts and cranberries to fill vases and jars for festive flavor throughout your home. Add a tall pillar candle in the middle to complete the look.
Bringing in the green will keep your home feeling alive. Mix real evergreen clippings into faux garland or centerpieces, or let the clippings live in a small vase (watered daily) to add a real life mini-tree to the mix.
SHOW OFF THOSE HOLIDAY CARDS
All of those cards from coworkers and family can add to the decor with a simple framing. Attach cards to string lights or hang from a staircase to make you smile as you move throughout the house.
GIVE THE WREATH A SNOWY UPDATE
Add a touch of the winter chill to your standard wreath with glittered pinecones, berry sprigs, and a touch of faux snow to encourage that seasonal feeling.
FAKE A FIREPLACE
Apartment living? No worries: stack logs and candles to create a fireplace effect, or simply chalk one up yourself!
These step-by-step instructions show you how to turn a canvas dropcloth into a faux mantel wall hanging that you can simply roll up and store when the holidays are over.
DON'T FORGET THE SNOWMAN
Use foam balls and fresh white carnations to create a floral and friendly snowman for your house. These tips and instructions make this a fun family project you can complete while watching your favorite holiday movie.
GET INVENTIVE WITH MASON JARS
Fill mason jars with Christmas lights to create festive lighting throughout the house. Or, add Epsom salt for a snowy look and tiny votives. Or, stack jars like a pyramid and wrap with garland to resemble your own mason jar tree - the possibilities are endless!
CREATE A COUNTDOWN
Advent calendars are popular holiday decor, but you can easily create your own! Pin up a board and get crafty with wrapping paper, ribbons, and gift tags to creatively count down the days. You can fill a handmade chicken-wire cloche with small wrapped gifts, colorful ornaments and ribbons. Download the advent tags and more (free!) holiday printables.
GET CREATIVE WITH GIFT WRAP
Holiday gift wrap isn't just for pretty packages; you can also put it to work to give everyday items, like serving plates, a holiday makeover. Just cut the paper to size and line serving ware for a festive look on the fly. Also, use wrapping paper to dress up kitchen cabinets! Just cut wrapping paper to fit the size and stick with double-sided tape.
DECK THE WINDOWS
Bring the feeling of chill inside by adding some frost to your windows. Use plain white copy paper and printable snowflake templates to string together cut-out snowflakes, creating a chilly curtain for any size window inside your home. Get crafting with these step-by-step instructions.
Create festive dining chair embellishments to coordinate with your tabletop decor. Wrap and tie a two-loop bow in the center of each chair using two-inch ribbon in your preferred seasonal colors. Embellish the center of each bow with greenery, pinecones and berries. Get step-by-step instructions.
CREATE UNIQUE ORNAMENTS
Scraps of wrapping paper look pretty as a picture when tucked inside nickel frames. In addition, vintage baking molds add a sweet touch to any tree; simply hot-glue ribbon loops to their backs and hang.
Many of these DIY holiday decorations can be completed today. Not only will these festive ideas spruce up your home, but the decor will also provide heartwarming fun for your family and friends to create together -- because isn't that the point of the holidays? Spend time with your loved ones and turn your home into a holiday wonderland.