The brisk feeling in the air is a sure sign that winter is on its way. There’s nothing like decorating your home for the holidays to shake off the winter blues. Holiday interior decorating is a great way to bring the cheer of the season into your home, so instead of feeling drab and overwhelmed with shopping lists, you can get cozy with a cup of cocoa after a long day.
While you scrimp and save to get everyone’s wish list items, we’ve come up with some ideas to help you incorporate holiday decorating ideas for your home that won’t break the bank.
1. Use Greenery From Your Own Backyard
Forget about spending all your extra Christmas change on holiday greens. Instead, use what’s in your own backyard. Put evergreen branches on the mantle, use them to make your own wreath or wrap them around a table centerpiece.
2. Paint Wintery Pine Cones
Using another natural resource, painted pine cones can be a great way to add a touch of winter wonderland to your holiday decorating ideas. Use a cotton swab to dab white paint on the edges of the pine cone. Then, sprinkle the wet paint with silver glitter. Let them air dry for about an hour before placing around your home, perhaps stacking them in a bowl or scattering them throughout your greenery.
3. Toss Fresh Cranberries in the Mix
Nothing adds a pop of color like fresh cranberries. You can usually buy bags of fresh cranberries in the grocery store produce section. When hosting a holiday party, float them in a large bowl dotted with floating candles. String them together and create a colorful garland. Or toss them in muffins –— because while they’re pretty as decorations, they’re also tasty in snacks.
4. Light up the Night With Lanterns
The twinkling of lights makes Christmas decorating a magical experience. Buy glass lanterns and set them out on your front porch or steps. Mixing ones of various sizes in odd numbers looks best. Don’t use real candles — they can be a fire hazard. Instead, get a few battery-operated candles that you can set with a timer. This is a great way to make your home look inviting for the holidays as you settle into a new neighborhood.
5. Fill Vases With Christmas Balls
Grab some colorful Christmas ornaments that would normally go on the tree and instead fill large vases with them. Mix like colors and set the sparkly décor on your mantle, along a staircase or on a bookshelf.
6. Dress up Dining Room Chairs
Grab a few pieces of cloth that match your color scheme — whether it’s plaid, red, green, silver or gold. Wrap them around the back of the chair and glue them tightly in place (not gluing the fabric to the chair, just tightly connected). Use a wide ribbon to wrap around the fabric and tie a big bow in the back. These affordable chair covers can add a pop to your holiday interior decorating without costing you much.
7. Go With Burlap
An affordable look for the shabby chic decorator, burlap is wonderful to use around the holidays. Make burlap placemats for holiday meals and accent them with colorful Christmas ribbon down one side. Wrap gifts in burlap bags and add a pop of color with ribbon or a homemade gift tag. This affordable decorating idea is a great way to help your new home feel cozy and comfortable.
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