‘Tis the season to transform your living space into a festive haven! As the holidays approach, there’s an undeniable magic in the air, and what better way to embrace it than by adorning your home with cheerful decor.
Here are some of my favorite ways to decorate for Christmas.
Lots and Lots of Garland
Garland is probably my top favorite way to decorate for Christmas. Each and every year, I pick up another one of my favorite garlands or two, and use them throughout the house. I have a whole post on how to decorate with garland for the holidays, but here’s some of the ways I use it.
I drape it across my mantel, but also on console tables, across the top of my dining hutch and storage cabinet, and even on tops of mirrors and artwork. I even have some hung across the top cabinets in my kitchen area.
Some of the garland I keep green and simple, and others I like to intertwine with stars, lights and red berry stems.
Hanging some holiday artwork is a great way to infuse some extra charm into your spaces, and it’s one of my favorite ways to decorate for the holidays. Each year, I create and collect holiday inspired art to display in some of my frames around the house. I love this painted Santa and snowman which I like to lean throughout the house in various places.
I also designed this Eat, Drink and Be Merry poster and had it printed at Walgreens with same day pickup. It’s the perfect way to greet guests and put them in that holiday magic mood as they arrive.
I’m offering this one free to y’all if you want to get it. (Go here for all the details.)
Fairy Lights & Flameless Candles
There’s something magical about turning on lots of fairy lights and candles and letting the glow of the holidays take over your home. Of course, I also want it to be worry free so I opt for flameless candles.
These candles are some of my favorites, as well as these ivory ones. They have a pretty glow, as opposed to that fake orange glow. I also love these drippy looking tea lights. They look real and fit perfectly in my reindeer votives that I scattered about my hutch for a twinkly touch.
For the porch area this year, I wanted to keep it simple with lots of lanterns and candles, and these turn on and off with a timer. I love how they flicker!
Finally, consider battery operated fairy lights. These lights give you the freedom to light up anything without having to be near an outlet. I love to intertwine these lights on my wreaths and garlands for a beautiful glow. Bonus that they come with timers! Once you set them, they come on and off each night at the same time and stay on for 6 hours.
Beautifully Wrapped Presents
These don’t have to be real gifts! Grab a couple of amazon boxes and wrap them up in your favorite holiday gift wrap and pretty ribbon. Trees look a little more festive to me when there are wrapped presents under them.
But you can also set up these wrapped gifts on consoles, on accent chairs, and to fill blank floor spaces that need a little something extra. I have a few from last year that I stored away and pull out as part of my holiday decor every year.
I love decorating with ribbons. It’s an inexpensive and easy way to add a festive touch to just about anything. There are so many ways to use it!
I like to make pretty bows and tape them to the tops of picture frames. You can intertwine it with your garlands or use them to tie your garlands to staircases. Wrap up a set of display books. Use them to hang or adorn wreaths. Use a large beautiful bow as a tree topper instead of a star.
There really are so many ways to use beautiful ribbons for the holidays. Amazon as well as craft stores are a great place to buy bulk ribbons, which you can save and reuse year after year.
Here’s to a home filled with warmth, charm, and a touch of magic – happy decorating!
Karen Sloan is the founder, editor and syndicated content writer of www.decorhint.com. She offers hints of inspiration for everyday living, including home ideas, DIY projects and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared on Google News, MSN, Pioneer Woman, Apartment Therapy, and Bustle, among others.