‘Tis the season to make your home merry and bright. Whether you’re throwing a holiday party or just want to bring a festive glow to your home, read on for easy ways to add holiday cheer to your whole home, from the front door to your dining room.
Start your decorating off on the right note. Listen to this Spotify playlist to get into the holiday cheer and off to decorating.
Festive Front Door
Give the whole neighborhood holiday cheer by hanging a wreath on your front door. You can always buy a wreath, but we love how easy it is to make one.
All you need is a styrofoam wreath (you can find this at your local craft shop), hot glue, and gift bows. Dab a bit of hot glue on each bow and place all around the wreath. You can keep it festive with reds and greens or seasonal with blues and whites. If you want something a little different, consider switching bows for ornaments. They are just as easy to hot glue!
The Festival of Lights starts in early December this year. If you don’t have a menorah, we have an easy solution for you! Buy gold spray paint and spray paint 9 wine bottles (or any bottles!) and use them as candle holders. If you want to make the middle candle higher you can place a wooden block under it. Place the finished product in your window sill for everyone to see!
Whether you prefer a real or fake tree, don’t forget the lights! Plain lights give the tree a simple light whereas colored lights make the tree look more vintage. If you want to go above and beyond, layer on a garland then ornaments.
Your tree’s color scheme will set the tone for your holiday decor scheme. You can have red, green, and metallic ornaments for a color-coordinated tree or you can try a fun tree theme. We love a colorful pom-pom tree to add make the holiday’s extra merry and bright.
We also love a snow-inspired tree with shades of teal, white, and silver. To mimic the sparkle of snow, don’t be shy when adding metallic ornaments and garland.
Don’t Forget the Mantel
Decorating your mantel takes a few minutes, but adds so much holiday cheer to your home. We love the layered mantel look above for inspiration because you make it as simple or as ornate as you want! To duplicate this look, start by removing all your knick-knacks and giving it a light dusting.
Place your stockings and stocking holders on the mantle first. There’s no technique here; just place them as close together or as far apart as you want!
Next, add an evergreen garland to the top. You can purchase faux garlands at a craft store, but for the evergreen smell, find one at your tree lot. To keep the garland as fresh as possible, mist it 2-3 times a day with water.
You can stop here for a simple, decorative mantel or continue layering decorations! Add ornaments to your garland or place candles on top of your mantel, too. We love the idea of printing out a Christmas quote and placing it in a frame to display.
We know you’ll be busy prepping dinner so look to little transformations to make your table sparkle.
To make your table setting stand out, fold your napkins in a square. Tie the napkins like a present with a piece of ribbon. Bonus points if you can match the ribbon to the tablecloth or placemat.