It’s that time of year again and, for most of us, decorating the home is all about re-opening last year’s box of Christmas décor.
While there are traditional yuletide elements that will never go out of style like the Christmas tree, the wreath on the door, or the string of Christmas lights, it is certainly possible to reinvent our favorite décor go-tos this season.
Let’s start with those ubiquitous metallic Christmas balls. We usually hang these on the tree, but why not corral them in large glass bowls or vases. Place vessels of different styles or sizes in groups of three, on a coffee table to instantly bring life to your living area. Another idea is to create a festive Christmas ball curtain by stringing smaller sized individual balls with different lengths of ribbon or twine and suspending this next to a window or against a wall.
Christmas lights are another holiday classic that will never go out of style, but they need not be limited to your tree. Cover your doorway ceiling in lights. When guests enter, they’ll love the indoor starry effect. You can also apply this to the ceiling in a kitchen or even a bedroom. Look for an old piece of driftwood or fallen branch from your backyard, sand it, and then wipe clean. Wrap in colored Christmas lights and display this on top of a console table next to your entryway. Finally, add additional sparkle to your family room by wrapping an existing vase in a short string of lights.
Decorative candles are a great way to brighten the home at any given time of the year but, during Christmas, you need not stick to the usual crimson or green. As a fun DIY project, purchase gift ribbon in a variety of designs and wrap existing decorative candles with them.
You can also try exploring the idea of edible Christmas décor. Place groupings of candy cane or chocolates wrapped in jewel-toned packaging in apothecary glass vases of varying heights. Place these on your dining table or kitchen counter for a decorative treat that will appeal to the sweet tooth of both kids and the kids-at-heart.
As for those Christmas gifts and cards, rethink how you display these. Beautifully wrapped gifts can actually double as décor. Prop up smaller boxes on Shabby Chic-inspired cake stands. Place these on your dining table when not in use. Old Christmas cards can be arranged collage-style and placed in picture frames that you can prop on tables or hang on the wall.
The Holiday season is a great time to get creative. Get out of your comfort zone and explore unique ways to create a festive mood at home.
Punky Dario-Villena loves playing with cats, whipping up home-cooked meals, and decorating the rental apartment she shares with her husband. She documents the joys of domestic life on her blog, Punky Plays House (https://punkyplayshouse.wordpress.com/). When she's not doing DIY artwork, Punky occupies herself with her work in advertising and real estate brokerage.
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