As November turns to December, ditch your humdrum routine and bring some festive cheer to your humble abode! Before your friends and family start pouring in, liven up your place with cozy holiday cheer.
Cheery & Bright
Bright string lights add an undeniable whimsical touch to your home’s aesthetic. Line trees and bushes with the string lights to turn your porch and backyard into a starry wonderland.
After decking your outdoors with the welcome twinkle of lights, don’t skimp on using the lights for indoor decorations. Incorporate lights in wreaths, drape over the mantels, and use battery-operated lights in mason jars to make alluring centerpieces.
From porch to entrance to hall to kitchen, spruce your home with Yuletide textures. Adding accent colors resonating with the Christmas theme can immediately amp up the decor. Sofa covers in popping hues such as red, white, green, & blue can instantly liven your home.
Consider chair covers and cushion covers in macrame, buffalo checks, and plaids to drape over your chairs and sofas. Getting cushion covers and pillow covers customized with reindeer, trees, or pine cones prints will jazz up the Christmas decor all the more.
Don’t forget to bring out a few knitted throws to ease your guests with ultimate comfort and heighten the wintry feel.
DIY Decor Ideas
Accentuating house decor without shelling huge bucks and breaking a sweat calls for a DIY route. Give your home a fresh festive appeal with quintessential festive decoration – wreaths, but with a twist.
- Make decorative metal wreaths using leftover cane wire and spray it with gold paint. Turn the wire in a loop and deck it with paper leaves, gold & silver balls, and other ornaments.
- Decorative candle accents are the ultimate accessory of the holiday season. And doing them yourself is a breeze. Just put some greenery at the bottom of the Mason jar and fill it with two-thirds of water. Add cranberries and floating candles and you are good to go.
- You can even upcycle old sweaters and other festive fabric into festive DIY skirts for small, tabletop trees.
Small Accessories Make a Big Difference
Small pops of silver and shimmer have a charming accent to invite holiday cheer. Twinkling lights, silver, gold, and mercury glass are festive decor of the season. Deck your table or mantlepiece with a beaded ornament or tie a miniature wreath with a satin or gingham ribbon on the back of your dining room chairs to impress your holiday guests with the little cheerful details.
Make tiny trees by sticking conchiglie pasta shells together and spraying them with colorful hues or gold paints. These make for charming centerpieces on your table, shelves, and countertops. Paired with turning your home into a starry wonderland, you can adorn your hallways with twinkling electric stars and complete the look.
Add Seasonal Plants and Flowers Indoors and on Your Porch
There’s nothing more appealing than bringing winter greenery indoors! Wreaths, garlands, mistletoe, foliage, plants, and flowers with stunning colors and powerful fresh fragrances can instantly energize and cheer up the place.
Using classic plants like mistletoe, holly alongside Poinsettia, candy cane sorrel, and Christmas cactus, you can create a vintage-inspired feel. While incorporating poinsettia in your decorations, be cautious of placing them away from dog crates and dog crate covers. The red flower is known to be mildly toxic to dogs for they contain chemicals and saponins that cause a reaction in them.
A big wreath on the front door and smaller ones on the mantle above the fireplace prove to be the ultimate go-to accessory. Littering the house with tiny plants and pine cones also lends an organic and natural touch to the overall cheer.
From the assortment of classic greenery to playful pom-pom ones, garlands with striking accents are a surefire way to notch up your holiday decor. So, deck your mantle, tabletops, mirrors, kitchen tops with exquisite garlands.
Play up the Holiday Aromas
Holiday aromas have the unique ability to make us feel happier, comfier & nostalgic. Besides scented candles, aromatic diffusers, simmering festive smells using pine needles, orange peels, cinnamon sticks, and a few drops of vanilla extract is one of the easiest ways to get the festive aroma floating through your home.
Turn on Some Christmas tunes
Once you are done refurbishing your home, don’t forget to keep a Christmas playlist handy. Nothing pronounces the festive season more starkly than Christmas songs. Make your holiday activities soundtracked by the sounds of the season with tunes playing in the background.
Decoupage Your Holiday Cards
Gear up your creative prowess and try your hand at decoupage or 3D decoupage, an art of cardmaking. You just have to creatively layer paper on paper, fabric, gold leaf, and various other materials using decoupage adhesive or foam pads to produce exquisite 3D designs. And don’t forget to send a heartfelt note inside to spread the holiday cheers.
Say Yes to Holiday Baking
Festive season and no baking? Like that will ever happen! Jars of Christmas sugar cookies and. decadent classic desserts are one of the reasons for merriment and cheer all season long. Making classic holiday candies and cookies with family and kids adds to the merry-making and helps create fond memories.
Create a Holiday Movie Watch List
Double up the festive fun by calling family and friends over to reminisce over some holiday classics. Make some hot chocolate and popcorn to set the holiday mood right with movies such as Elf, Muppet Christmas Carol, Jingle Jangle, Noelle, The Christmas Chronicles, The Nightmare Before Christmas, A Christmas Story, Rudolph, and so many more.