Alright ladies and gents, it’s time to rid your porch of that rotting pumpkin (forgot about it, right? Yeah, go take care of that now. Thank me later) and replace your skulls and black cats with some garland and mistletoe! The holidays are almost here and you’re probably itching to decorate your home for the holidays. Sometimes the idea of decorating can be overwhelming, or you think it will cost an arm and a leg, but it definitely doesn’t have to! Here are some of our favorite budget-friendly ways to turn your home into a bona fide winter wonderland.
The Piner Things in Life
Pine, pine, pine! What screams holidays more than the sights and scents of pine? Pine-y touches to your home aren’t limited to a Christmas tree — pine can go literally almost anywhere. Get some pine garland and weave it around items on a shelf or around a banister. Cut some pine sprigs off a tree and scatter them on shelves or put them in small vases. Get a couple pine wreaths. Grab some small pine circles to put your holiday candles in. Spray paint some pinecones silver and gold for super easy decor. The pine possibilities are endless, and even a little bit goes a long way.
DIY Christmas Trees
I have three cats at home, so an actual Christmas tree is a no-go for me. I tried it one year and it was destroyed within the first week of being up. So I had to get a little creative when it came to finding a suitable Christmas tree replacement. Luckily there are so many awesome DIY Christmas tree ideas out there! You can find one of the best, most comprehensive lists of ideas in this Buzzfeed article, but here are some of my favorites from that list:
Draw a tree on a chalkboard painted wall
Repurpose scrap wood
Make a (very fragile!) beer bottle tree
Use Washi tape to make a Christmas tree on the wall
Make a tree out of books!
Hang a homemade Christmas tree garland
Wrap Presents Early
Don’t keep putting off all that present wrapping! Wrapping your presents early with your favorite wrapping paper is a great way to make your home look festive. You can even stack the wrapped gifts in the shape of a Christmas tree for a two-birds-one-stone deal. For a super aesthetic look, pay attention to the type of wrapping paper you use. Try to stick to paper within a single color scheme, and if you want to use patterned paper, try to only use one or two pattern-heavy kinds. Here are some of our favs!
Make a Hot Drink Bar
You likely have everything you need for this one already (though you may have to clear off that cluttered counter space!). Time to pull those hot chocolate packets, tea bags, and coffee beans out of the cabinets and give them some time to shine. Display loose hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, loose leaf tea, or coffee beans in jars, or put packets of tea/drink mix on a display stand. Make sure a water heater/tea kettle and coffee machine are within arm’s reach, set some mugs on a tray, and you’re ready to go! This decor tip has the added benefit of being functional — it’ll be super easy to warm your insides on that next cold night!
Cardboard Gingerbread Houses
These gingerbread houses are the bomb because 1) They’re not messy, 2) They won’t fall apart, and 3) You won’t be tempted to eat them right after you make them, so they’ll last way longer! You can find amazing detailed instructions here. Here’s everything you’ll need for this little DIY-venture:
Wrap It Up!
Who said wrapping paper and ribbon are only for presents? I’ll let you in on a little secret — you can wrap almost anything in your home for an extra kick of holiday feel. Now you probably don’t want to wrap up, say, your entire television, but you could line the outside with some festive ribbons/bows! Wrap up and hang picture frames to create a wall decor present look. Wrap some ribbon around your throw pillows, your fireplace mantle, door frames, anywhere! I know you still have that wrapping paper you bought, like, five years ago — why not put it to good use?
Did you like these decorating tips? Are you going to do any of these DIY recommendations this year? Let us know in the comments!
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