Christmas is exciting and with less than a few weeks left for it, nearly every corner turns into a Winter Wonderland. However, Christmas decorations can be daunting for those unprepared. From scrumptious festive spreads that can make your mouth water from a mile away to exchanging presents and watching your loved ones beam with child-like excitement, there are so many reasons to adore the festival. The added prospect of decking up your house in attractive lights and festive ornaments never fails to amaze you either. Keep reading to get some budget-friendly and DIY inspiration for Christmas decorations.
1) Fairy Lights
It doesn't really feel like Christmas time till the streets get adorned with sparkling lights all over. Well, why not bring some of that bright Christmas cheer into your house? This Christmas, decorate your house with strings of fairy lights that are rather inexpensive but manage to lend a dreamy festive vibe to any space. If you live in one of the colder regions, the fireplace can also be used as a quick Christmas decor hack. Besides, it's a great way of bringing together friends and family in one room!
2) Flower Wreath
To get into the celebratory, holiday spirit, hang a dainty wreath above every door inside your house. You can also hang wreaths over the mantle, in front of the windows, as well as on bedroom doors. You can use different types of wreaths ranging from holly to grapevine or decorated with bows. There are a lot of artificial wreath options available in the market as well that will last for more than one Christmas season! You can also paint and glue popsicle sticks to make a wreath on your own!
3) Hand-Painted Pillows
What’s better than a hand-painted holiday-themed pillow? Festive pillow covers are a great and convenient way to spruce up any home for the season of Christmas. Pick Christmas-themed covers such as those with reindeers, trees, or pine cones in the typical Christmas shades of red and white. Use these pillows to fill up and cheer up any empty space in the house.
4) DIY Christmas Candles
You can make Christmas candles to decorate the dining table as well as the drawing room. We will tell you about an easy DIY Christmas candle that you can make at your home this Christmas. You just have to put some greenery in the bottom of a Mason jar. Then fill two-thirds of the way with water and add some cranberries and a floating candle for a simple and charming accent to invite holiday cheer.
5) Starry Glitter Decor
The use of stars everywhere in the house can add loads of life and energy to your decoration. Electric stars with twinkling lights would be a great option to explore this Christmas. Not only will they add that elegant Christmas charm to your house, but they will also make the exteriors of your home inviting and warm!
6) DIY Felt Ornaments
For this project, you'll need about two sheets of felt per ornament — and the stiffer the better. Once you're done tracing, folding, gluing, and cutting, you can add decorative strings or cords for hanging.
7) Trash to Treasure
Repurpose an old lightbulb by hot gluing twine (we used sage green and metallic gold) around the entire thing. Use a small piece of a twig as the stem, then fold squares of gold paper in half and cut into crescent shapes to create leaves. When you're finished, you'll have beautiful decor for the mantel or dining room table.
8) Decorate The Mantel
If you're short on storage space, DIY your own paper garland, holly berries, and all. That way, once the season wraps, you can take it off your mantel or banister and lay it flat until next December. Beautifully wrapped presents make great holiday decor (even if they aren't real presents). Assemble a stack on your mantel, arrange them under the Christmas tree or pile them up in a corner to elevate your space.
9) DIY Christmas Card Tree
You probably receive countless Christmas cards (which isn't a bad thing), so pick the very best to display on your wall. Arrange them in a Christmas tree shape for a festive look. Use blank wall space to display all your season's greetings in a fun, graphic way. Corral vintage and new Christmas correspondence into a timely tree-shaped installation. Place a galvanized bucket or basket underneath to collect outgoing gifts, party favors, or more holiday mail.
10) Dried Citrus and Orange Garland
Making dried citrus slices is easy and you can use them for so many fun, nature-inspired projects. Use blood oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and clementines to make this garland. You'll also need cloves, bay leaves, greenery, a paper punch, wood beads, paint, a cookie cutter, and twine.
Preheat the oven to 200°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the fruit into 1/4-inch slices. Arrange on the baking sheet. Bake 2 to 3 hours or until the fruit is nearly dried, turning over once or twice if needed. Small fruit, such as lemons and clementines, will dry more quickly (2 to 2-1/2 hours) than larger oranges. Cool completely.
Press cloves into the fruit near the edges. Punch small holes into bay leaves using a paper punch. Wrap one end of twine, cord, or ribbon with tape (any kind will do). It will give you a stiff end for easier stringing.
Use a cookie cutter to punch stars from lemon and orange peels, or paint wood beads with acrylic paint. String the beads, stars, bay leaves, and dried citrus slices onto twine.
Written by Sara Ayoob