Looking for a new way to decorate this year? Here are a few simple, inexpensive, and festive ideas.
Windows. Accent your window fashions by painting holiday decorations on your windows. Purchase holiday themed sponge shapes at a craft store, and paint stars, snowflakes, snowmen, trees, and more onto your windows. Add a teaspoon of liquid dish soap to acrylic craft paint to make clean-up easy when the season ends.
Ornaments. Ornaments aren’t just for hanging from the tree. Make festive centerpieces by arranging ornaments with evergreens or tinsel on a glass cake plate. Or, fill clear glass canisters or large candle holders with sparkly ornaments.
Doorway swag. Or use a long string of pine cones, available at garden centers and craft stores, to create a natural swag around a doorway. Tie a big bow in the middle so you can center it perfectly over a doorway, then tack it up with nails.
Artwork. Use your framed artwork as built-in holiday decorations. Either drape them with ribbon, or go all out and wrap them in stylish, high quality wrapping paper that matches your theme. You don’t have to do this with every piece of art, but select them carefully and in a pattern. For example, do all pieces that can be seen from your front window, or focus just on the dining room, entryway, or the room with your tree.
Mantle. Using fishing line, tack up large Christmas ornaments or sparkly snowflakes at varying lengths above your mantle. This will draw attention to your mantel decorations and create a more festive atmosphere.
Outside baskets. Get those hanging pots out of storage and dress them up for Christmas! Place decorative evergreen in their base, then get over-sized ornaments to fill them up. To go all out, decorate wire hanging baskets with spray paint and glitter. Hang your decorated baskets along with lights on your porch, a shepherd’s rod, or from trees.
Dress up your wreath. Add color to an evergreen wreath by attaching small sparkly ornaments or metallic spray painted pine cones.
Personalize your ornaments. Get clear plastic ornaments from the craft store and fill them with glittery garland, pine needles, or special trinkets.
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