If you are like most families, you are already busy decking the halls of your home for the holiday season. While some people know exactly how they want their home to shine during this magical time of the year, others have a more challenging time getting inspired. If you feel as if you are lacking in creativity and ideas, be sure to check out these 10 suggestions for festive decor.
Hang Christmas Cards
Do not simply trash those Christmas cards as they arrive in the mail. Instead, consider displaying them for others to see. With so many display options these days, you do not have to settle for taping them to your refrigerator in an old-school way. Consider hanging up some fresh evergreens and attaching the cards to this greenery. You can also find specially made photo clip displays that are perfect for Christmas cards. Or tie them along a thick piece of red or green ribbon. Another fun idea is to clear an open space on the wall and arrange the cards in a Christmas tree shape.
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Go Crazy with the Garland
Garland is a fun way to add holiday sparkle to your home. You can use traditional green garland, strings of berries, or lighted strings. Drape this garland along banisters, weave it through fixtures, hang it from your fireplace, and more. You will add color and texture to any area with a long string of garland. Add pinecones, lights, or whatever you wish to elevate the garland beyond simple greenery.
Create a Hot Cocoa Bar
There is no better time of the year to indulge in hot cocoa than in the weeks leading up to Christmas. You might as well make a hot cocoa bar part of your holiday decor. This will serve both a practical and aesthetic purpose. Create a wood sign to distinguish the place setting, then add in holiday mugs and mason jars full of all of the traditional cocoa fixings. This display will give off a cozy and inviting vibe, perfect for this special time of the year.
Lean on Lights
Nothing creates a magical vibe quite like twinkling lights. Turn your home into your own wonderland with the use of lights. There are many available options to you if you want to make lights the cornerstone of your holiday decor. Choose classic electric lights, go with candles, or mix it up with luminaries. You can choose battery-powered lights if you are worried about the danger of an open flame. Your home will be all aglow in festivity if you decorate it with lights.
Decorate Your Porch
Do not neglect your front porch when decorating your home. This place will be the first thing that visitors notice so make it count. There is no shortage of theme ideas for your porch. Go classy with simple potted evergreen trees decorated with lights flanking the wreath on the front door. Or choose a whimsical theme with reindeer and a Santa statue. The front porch should be a hint of the fun that people will find when they step inside the beautifully decorated home.
Christmas ornaments do not need to be just relegated for use on the tree. If you have extra ornaments laying around, think of ways that you can use them to add more flair to your home this season. For example, a large clear vase full of colored bulbs makes a stunning centerpiece for your kitchen table. Or hang the ornaments on ribbon on your banister. Tuck ornaments into a decorative bowl layered with greenery and put it all on your coffee table. The possibilities are endless.
Repurpose Wine Bottles
Do not just toss out those wine bottles after your first holiday party of the year. These bottles can be incorporated into a variety of your holiday decor schemes. The first step is to pull off the label. Depending on the existing color of the bottle, you may want to spray paint it gold, silver, or red. You can also wrap metallic wrapping paper around the middle of the bottle to create another layer of color. Fill the bottle with sprigs of holly or taper candles and line them up on your fireplace mantel or across the length of your dining table.
Let it Snow
Create a snowy landscape in your home with the addition of fake snow. Layer this artificial snow on your tables, on bookshelves, and more. In addition to snow blankets, you can try using a spray or glitter product that creates the same winter wonderland. With so many products, you can go far beyond the usual flocking of the tree.
Use Festive Scents
Do not forget to consider how your home smells when decorating your home with merriment. The smell is often the first thing that people will notice when they enter a room. Use this to your advantage by being intentional about making it smell nice. Scatter cinnamon-scented pine cones throughout the house, light candles, or use room sprays to produce a scent that is dripping with holiday cheer.
You will give your home the full North Pole treatment with these 10 ideas. The holidays are an excellent time to go all out creating an inviting vibe in your home.