Christmas is right around the corner! While the focus is certainly on the meaning of the day and the time you get to spend with family and friends, who doesn’t love to put a little energy into making our entertaining space look extra festive?
If you’re planning to host any type of holiday celebration this year, you’ll want to take note of these great tips for quickly and cheaply giving your home a boost of Christmas cheer.
Make use of fresh greens
Don’t spend any money, just a couple of minutes gathering evergreen clippings from your yard or neighborhood. Next, use these clippings in a variety of places all over your home to decorate. Place a few between the base of your candles and candle holders. Use twine and some clippings to wrap around your napkins and place as a neat little package on top of every place setting. The possibilities for the many little places you can use evergreens to create a homemade Christmas atmosphere is limitless!
Turn your Christmas cards into a focal point
Put all those Christmas cards that have come in over the past weeks to use as part of your decorations – not just part of the clutter! Make your own Christmas card holder in a variety of ways. You can hang ribbon over a door like a Christmas package and attach the cards to the ribbon. You can hang twine in any pattern on a wall or across a doorway and use tiny clothes hangers to display your cards. Or you can hang your cards from a Christmas tree (or small bush) to bring life to that part of the room.
Pick up extra plastic ornaments
A big bin of plastic Christmas ornaments are fairly inexpensive, but endlessly useful for quick and cheap decorations. With extra ornaments you can fill any jar or bowl to create a festive look. You can also hang some big bulbs, in various lengths, from your stairwells with beautiful ribbon. Or finally, place your extra ornaments at the base of your potted plants to make these greens look just as “Christmasy” as your tree.
DIY candy garland
This idea is as fun and easy and it is sweet. Make your own garland using any variety of gummy or fluffy Christmas candy you can find. Gumdrops and marshmallows work great. Simply use a needle and some dental floss to thread garland of any length and then hang on your tree, around your serving table or in your kitchen for a look that is whimsical and nostalgic.
Turn flannel shirts into cozy pillows
Search your closets (or your local Salvation Army) for some old flannel shirts in Christmas colors. Then collect your pillows from couches and beds around the house. Cut the shirt material to fit the front and back of each pillow and sew 3 of the 4 sides together. You can use Velcro or double stick tape to seal the final side once you slip your pillow inside. The result is comfy and cozy Christmas pillows that cost just a few dollars and a little bit of time. Best of all, you can reuse them year after year.
Wrap candles in ribbon
Buy some Christmas ribbon in a variety of widths and textures. Then wrap your ho-hum, year-round candlesticks in this material to instantly create a look that makes even the most random candle assortment look intentional. Bonus, use any leftover ribbon for wrapping your presents!
Make a centerpiece out of clear drinking glasses
Finally, gather an assortment of clear drinking glasses you already have in the kitchen. So long as they are all clear, the more variety in height and style the better. Mix in wine glasses and any empty glass votive holders you have lying around too. Then fill these containers with Christmas décor like evergreen clippings or fresh cranberries on the bottom. Next, fill with water about ¾ of the way to the rim and place a floating candle on top. Finally, arrange your glasses as the centerpiece on your table, using boxes or plates underneath a draped tablecloth to create a variety of heights on which the pieces can sit. Light the candles and enjoy all the complements you will receive for this simple, but impressive decor!
Are you entertaining this holiday? Share the unique ways you plan to create a festive space for your guests by commenting below!