The holidays can be a stressful time for many. Decorating your home can seem like yet another chore that has to be done but if you can keep it simple (and not break the bank), you can keep your sanity and enjoy the season too. Here are some creative DIY holiday decorating ideas!
Natural Decoration. Add natural elements such as pinecones, evergreen boughs, cranberries, and pomegranates, citrus and nuts to add a festive and naturally beautiful touch to your home. Display on mantel, tables and sideboard, or hang around door frames.
Oh Clementine. Take several feet of heavy-gauge wire, knot one end of each and string them through a clementine orange. Tie a jingle bell to the end. Twist all the wires into a cluster and secure with a large bow. This unique decoration is perfect for the front door.
Festive Bottles. Take some household bottles and spray paint them with holiday colors. Fill them with candles, flowers, or branches to accent your home.
Popcorn. Old-fashioned and nostalgic is the theme of the season and nothing says this like stringing popcorn (and cranberries). You can use this to wrap your tree or swaddle your mantle or banister.
Candles. Glue pinecones or even ornaments into a Styrofoam ring and set candles in the center for a festive touch on end tables, mantles or as the centerpiece on a dining table.
Atop the tree. Dazzle your tree with candy canes; paper snowflakes cut from parchment paper; paper chains made from magazines, wrapping paper, or scrapbooking paper; or holiday cookie cutouts (bakes with a hole for the string).
Bow-rific. Ribbons tied around chairs, plants, candlesticks, drapes, stairs and doorknobs make wonderful decorations. Place bows and ribbons in many locations throughout your home for a festive look that is quick and easy. The bows and ribbons do not have to be green and red. You can try many colors or match the bows and ribbons to the colors you have in your home. Choose ribbons that you can reuse each year. For a super easy decorating, purchase some very inexpensive bows ready to use.
Wreaths Made Easy. Put a holiday wreath on every door in your home. Use real pine, holly, and grapevine and decorate with berries, fruit and pinecones. If you purchase artificial wreaths you will be able to use them year after year. For some more DIY wreaths, here’s a great how-to guide.
Center Pieces. Place a few inexpensive glass balls in a bowl and embellish with a few sprigs of greenery or some leftover ribbon. If you don’t have an extra bowl try decorating a box with leftover Christmas wrap, or cover with a little fabric and glue.
Indoor Lights. As for the inside of the house, the Christmas tree is not the only thing you can decorate with lights. Many people also like to intertwine Christmas lights with their garlands, particularly those that are put up along stairways or on the mantle of the fireplace. You can also put up some lights in the different rooms of the house. Children in particular love having colorful blinking lights in their bedroom.
Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to get creative! The options are endless, feel free to twist and tweak these ideas and make these holiday decorations unique for you and your style. There definitely doesn’t have to be a rhyme or reason to your festive designs, so branch out and have fun! And don’t forget the eggnog and Christmas tunes to get those holiday juices flowing! Happy decorating and Merry Christmas!