Holiday Decorating Ideas
04 Dec, 2014
Holiday décor around your home
No matter what holiday you celebrate, warm up your home and make it extra cozy with these suggestions:
- Craft paper snowflakes to hang throughout the house. All you need is white paper or new coffee filters, scissors and string or tape to make your own winter wonderland. Glitter and cotton trim optional.
- Create a cozy feel by adding extra candles (real or flameless) around your home. Choose candles in colors like gold or silver, and consider tying festive ribbon and pieces of holly around the flameless ones.
- Make your mantle or end table stand out with greenery and winter touches like sparkly branches, pinecones and berries.
- Fill a large glass bowl or vase with jumbo-sized holiday lights for an old-fashioned touch.
Holiday door decorations
Another easy space to decorate is your door. It’s the first thing your guests will see when coming over, and it’s visible from the street and sidewalk, too! A few front door holiday décor ideas include:
- Hang a wreath over your door. You can buy one at the store or create your own using evergreens and trimmings. Add bows, lights and other festive ornaments as you see fit.
- Frame your doorway with garland and lights. You can also add a holiday welcome mat or other porch-themed holiday decorations like potted plants.
- Make the inside of your door into a snowman. Grab some black paper and cut out circles to create the eyes, mouth and traditional buttons, and then use orange paper for the triangle carrot nose. Easy and fun!
Holiday table decorating ideas
If you’re hosting any kind of holiday meal – even if it’s just your own family for everyday meals during the holiday season – a few decorations on the table can really add to the holiday spirit.
- A simple way to incorporate holiday charm during meals is to swap out your linens for holiday-themed ones. Look for tablecloths, runners and napkins with holiday flair – from snowflakes and snowmen to holly and candy canes.
- If you’re crafty, try your hand at duplicating some of the creative centerpieces you’ve seen in magazines or Pinterest. Want something simple? Take a clear bowl and fill it with brightly colored holiday ornaments or pinecones for a simple centerpiece. Holiday-scented and themed candles are also a great centerpiece idea.
- If you are hosting a bigger event, you may want to include festive table settings. You can get pretty elaborate or keep it simple depending on your tastes. Some basic ideas include using holiday ribbon to wrap napkins, placing small wrapped boxes on each individual’s plate with party favors inside, and using holiday-themed name cards (or try making these candy cane name holders!).
Christmas tree decorations
Many individuals choose to have a Christmas tree of some sort in their holiday home décor. Whether that means putting up a fake tree, finding a smaller tree to save space or chopping down the biggest tree you can find at a nearby tree farm, any tree will do. To make tree decorating easier, here are a few tips:
- Start with the lights before you add any ornaments.
- Next, add any garland (paper, ribbon, beaded strands, popcorn, candy canes, etc.).
- Move on to ornaments. Place your favorite ones front and center, then hang the bigger ornaments. Fill in any empty spaces with the small- to medium-sized ornaments.
- Finish off with the tree topper if desired. Not everyone uses a tree topper, but popular options include stars and angels.
What are your favorite holiday décor ideas? Check out our holiday Pinterest board for more decoration inspiration!