The soft glow of lights on the tree, stockings hanging by the fire, candles in the window...
There’s nothing quite like the warmth and coziness of a house that’s all decked out for the holidays, and it doesn’t take much to add a beautiful decorative flair to your home.
Here are eight simple tips anyone can follow to achieve that picture-perfect holiday scene.
Add extra light
The easiest way to add a little holiday cheer to your home is to add a few extra lights to your mantles, windows, railings, walkways or banisters. You can use votive candles, flameless LED candles or strings of mini LEDs.
To avoid overdoing it, The Spruce recommends choosing a focal point, limiting your colors, and going easy on lights that flicker and blink.
Decorate with candy
Even if you’ve sworn off sugar, that doesn’t mean it can’t still be useful during the holidays. Decorate your tree with extra candy canes or fill glass dishes with red and green M&Ms. And of course, don’t forget about the gingerbread house.
Recycle old Christmas cards
If you have a large stack of greeting cards covering your fridge by the end of December, you might want to think twice before throwing them in the trash. Good Housekeeping recommends recycling these cards to create gift tags, garlands and other decorations.
In the spirit of not throwing things away, try to think outside of the box with some of your traditional decorations. Fill empty glass bowls and vases with those burnt out Christmas bulbs, extra ornaments or a few twigs from the tree.
Buzzfeed also suggests using that extra wrapping paper to line your serving trays or create a number of other festive decorations.
Swap cloth for paper
Here’s an idea that’s easy on the budget and your post-party cleanup duties. If you’re expecting large crowds at dinner time, swap your nice Christmas tablecloth for some simple butcher paper. Easily label your dishes, let your guests color on it and toss it in the trash when the meal is through!
Print off your own wall decor
Those classic vintage holiday prints can be hard to find and often a bit pricey, but you can make your artistic visions for your home come true by doing a simple Google search of free Christmas printables. Print off a few and string them together to make a garland. If you want to take it one more step, you can buy an inexpensive frame at the dollar store and hang your printed pictures on the wall.
Here’s one the kids can help with — it doesn’t get much more classic or simple than creating your own paper snowflakes to decorate your house. Whether there’s snow outside or not, you can hang them in your window to create the illusion of a white Christmas. Use the techniques you learned in elementary school to cut the folded paper. Open up the small square or triangle and see what design you created!
Go with natural beauty
Some of the most beautiful decorations are supplied by nature. Make good use of berries, pinecones, citrus fruits, tree branches and plants to give your home a pop of color through the winter months. Don’t forget the poinsettias!
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