Are you ready to decorate your home for Christmas but can’t figure out where to start? Many people feel paralyzed by diving into Christmas’s decorating. With these tips, you can simplify the process and produce a spectacular, festive home. While some people decorate for the holiday season the minute the Halloween decorations come down, other people choose to wait until the week or two before Christmas when they can put up a live Christmas tree. Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive either. There are many ways you can give your Christmas home decorating a festive look even on a budget.
Add mini-trees around the house
One way to add some holiday cheer to your home is to add tabletop trees around your home. Mini-grocery store trees in milk glass are a fun way to add a bit of greenery.
If you happen to have an evergreen tree to two in your yard, you can also clip branches and add to wet floral foam in a tea cup or another container to make a tiny tree. If you have a collection of them you can also add bottle brush trees around the house as well.
Repurpose Christmas Ornaments
Using what you already have like old Christmas ornaments is a great way to add color to your holiday decorating. A bowl of ornaments on a coffee table. Layering the bowl in holiday greens not only cushions the ornaments in the bowl, but adds a nice contrast.
You can also add a container of ornaments in a closed jar in the kitchen as well in a pretty glass cookie jar.
Swap out pillows or add pillow covers
Add some Christmas cheer to your living room with new throw pillows. Pillow covers can cost less than $10 and easily go over pillows you already own.
An old stocking can also be turned into a cheerful Christmas pillow and serve as holiday decor or preserve an heirloom. If you are handy at sewing, turn an old sweater into a pillow by using the center square section.
Add Handmade Wreaths and Yarn Decor
Speaking of sweaters, using an old sweater to create a wreath can add interest and texture to your holiday decor. These are sweet to hang on a mirror or on the front door.
Extra yarn can make pom pom wreaths that are cute hanging from the back of chairs.
Extra yarn and cereal boxes can make and easy DIY with fun yarn trees that you can make with a custom color palette and can be used year after year.
Old sweaters can also be used to cover vases with handmade tags and embellishments to hold fresh greenery.
Use wrapping paper is more for than just gifts. Use double stick tape and wrapping paper to temporarily add some fun color and to ta small part of the walls.
Wrap empty boxes with left over wrapping paper and use it to create little decor areas of holiday cheer for an accent.
Dress up your Fireplace Mantel
Paint over an old canvas with black and white paint to create a back drop for Christmas decor you already own. Keep the shapes simple like start and trees . Black and white goes with almost any color schemes from bright and merry to neutral colors.
Add a bowl of mercury glass or shiny ornaments to your Christmas mantel for some holiday sparkle. To add a festive touch, upcycle your ornaments with glitter.
Add Swags and Evergreen Around the Home
If you have a yard or a few pine trees or live around some nature, you can shop your own backyard (and front yard!) to gather foliage (collect responsibly and know what you are collecting!) add garlands, wreaths, berries, pine cones and swags of greenery to your home. Spruce, white pine, boxwood and tiny crab apple branches are some items you can forage for. If you want to create a winter cutting garden, see this post. A few bunches of eucalyptus also add a nice scent and pretty bit of greenery.
A swag can be hung on a mantel, a banister, staircase, a front porch railing or even a fence. Fresh clippings can be clustered on a faux mantel and can last a week or two in the holiday season. Discard when dried out. Use battery operated candles when using faux or real greenery on your mantel.
Add Baskets to Your Holiday Decor
Baskets can be a great addition filled with pine cones, ornaments or around the bottom of a tree instead of a tree skirt.
Upcycle Old Holiday Ceramics
Old ceramic Santa’s, houses and trees can be found at the thrift store for a few dollars. Paint them with white paint and sprinkle with glitter for a frosty, sugar snow look.
Or create a colorful rainbow village.
Or use baking soda paint to create a faux terra cotta look on ceramic trees.
Decorate with Some of Your Favorite Christmas Decor
Really deck your Christmas season by decorating with what your truly love. Whether it’s the kids handmade Christmas ornaments, or vintage Santa mugs, let those collections take stage front and center.
Create vignettes with layers of loved items. The charm of using things you love and have collected really create a finishing touch and can delight your holiday guests as you tell the story behind them.
Use Recycled Items like Paper and cardboard to Make Handmade Christmas Decor
Paper bag stars and snowflakes are a throw back from earlier times,are easy to make, have big impact and are inexpensive to make.
Cardboard from all of those boxes that items are getting delivered to at your home or your neighbors is can be made into stars and repurposed as gift tags or ornaments.
Or you can even collect empty paper towel rolls or tp rolls and make a pretty paper-quilled inspired garland to create a focal point.
I hope some of these Christmas decoration ideas have given you inspiration to a festive touch to your holiday decorating even if you’re on a budget. A little bit of greenery and sparkle can go along way!