When it comes to decor—or anything, really—small changes can make a big difference. By using just a little bit of color, crafts and nature to your advantage, you can easily and swiftly infuse your holiday headquarters with cheer—on the cheap! Here, get a few simple ideas:
No need to buy decorations! Look for ways to freshen up what’s already in your home.
1. Hot-glue leaves and pinecones from your garden or berry sprays from a crafts store onto a plain wreath for an organic-looking update.
2. Mix ornaments in with everyday objects to dress up window ledges and mantels. Just don’t go overboard: Geometric shapes in the same color family look best.
A dash of something shiny will give your room a holiday glow.
1. Spray-paint leaves, pinecones or silk flowers in radiant silver or gold. Display them in vases of varying heights, grouped in threes or fives.
2. Create a tabletop Christmas tree by stacking stemmed cake platters and candy dishes. Fill it in with green ornaments and trimming.
Adorn the Basics
The things you use every day will feel special if you add a touch of something seasonal.
1. Take a couple of spools of ribbon for a walk around the house. Narrow ribbon can jazz up a decanter or vase, while wide ribbon can be used as a tieback for a curtain or looped around a pillow with a festive bow on the front.
2. Any clear glass vessel can display holiday garnishes. Fill pillar holders with greenery (try holly, pine needles or pinecones). Or use seasonal fruit, such as cranberries or kumquats, to add bright color to a decorative bowl.
3. Simple brown bags are perfect for gifts from the kitchen; a little trimming and a sweet note make them extra-special. Use decorative scissors to finish the opening, then tie them closed with a gingham pattern for a casual country feel.
1. Do a quick sweep of your living and dining rooms and pull out anything colorful that’s not red or green. Your holiday decor will pop against a neutral background.
2. Bring the outdoors in by trading a painting for a wreath or garland. Or make swags of smaller boughs and needles with ribbon; hang them from the top of a mirror or the back of a chair.
3. Look in your crafts drawer for instant updates. Wrap colorful paper around votive holders, use glitter glue on dull ornaments or string big beads around the base of a vase.