This time of year, I get asked the same question by just about everyone I know: “What are the easiest ways to decorate for the holidays that will make an impact, are easy to put up and take down, and won’t break the bank?” So, in an effort to help ya’ll do just that, I put together a list of my Top 10 holiday decorating tips!
1) While shopping at Target the other day, I discovered these collapsible 5′ tinsel trees! They are a quick and easy solution for adding a burst of holiday spirit anywhere in your home, office, dorm or apartment. Were talking, Instant assembly and simple storage. This fun pop-up tree is a perfect holiday accent. They come in gold, red, silver, hot pink, apple green and turquoise… just pop up a few of them and your space will be instantly festive!
2) Everyone has empty boxes around the house, pick up some holiday wrapping paper at a discount store (or use left over scraps from last year), build the boxes (moving boxes, shoe boxes, all different sizes) wrap them up, tie on the perfect bow, stack them high and let everyone wonder what is inside! It’s a great way to decorate on a budget.
3) Nothing screams, “HOLIDAYS!” more than Poinsettias. This past weekend, I picked up some 10″ pots with huge potted poinsettias at Costco and Home Depot had the smaller pots for a whopping 99 cents. Just like the wrapped presents, place them strategically around the house. The hardest part of this decoration is remembering to water them!!!
4) Everyone always has a few left over ornaments, so find a couple glass bowls or a few apothecary jars and fill them with whatever is left over, or even pick up a few additional ornaments at a discount store and create a stunning centerpiece or the perfect mantle display. If you really want to get fancy, add a candle or two to the mix!
5) Like a poinsettia, pine cones also make people think of the holidays. Cut some choice branches off from the bottom of your tree or the back that will face the wall, line them up down the center of the table, on the mantle or on a buffet, then, add some pine cones into the mix and if you can, add some white string lights as well to make this a truly bright idea!
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6) This tip is as easy as 1, 2, 3… all you’ll need is a hot glue gun, some Nilla Wafers, various size tree shaped Styrofoam cones, paper, and some powered sugar! Wrap the cone in white construction paper (this will keep the hot glue from melting the cone) then start gluing the Nilla Wafers to the tree form, carefully stacking them on top of each other to make branches. Finally, dust the wafers with some powered sugar and you have just created a winter wonderland that can be used as a centerpiece or on your mantle!
7) I always say the first place to shop when you’re decorating is around your own house! Candles are the perfect accessory that help to illuminate your house and nothing is more beautiful the natural candle light. Here are a few helpful tutorials for decorating with candles or making your own!
8) Target has a HUGE selection of Christmas stockings starting as low as $1.00. I recommend picking up a few and then decorating them with your handy glue gun and inexpensive craft store decorations, left over fabric, or even household items. Here’s a tutorial for making stockings at home. Once your done, hang them by your chimney with care or anywhere else around the house that is in need of a pop of holiday color!
9) During the holidays we are given a free pass to eat, drink, and be merry; so why not use food as decoration by putting it on display for everyone to enjoy with more than just the sense of taste, but also the sense of sight, touch and smell. This idea makes the gingerbread house edible and clean up a breeze!
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10) One of my mom’s best holiday decorating tricks is switching out the pillows around the living room year after year, with some fun holiday pillows that she stores inside the coffee table during the year. She packs away the accent pillows for Christmas and it is quick, easy and they are reusable year after year! Here’s two more cute holiday pillows:
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