Between travel, gifts, and parties, the Christmas season becomes expensive quite quickly. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your Christmas decorations. Here are some easy DIY Christmas decorations that will save you money and keep your home looking nice.
Wine Bottle Decorations
Don’t throw away all those wine bottles after your holiday parties. Replace the labels with a festive wrap, add a bow, and place a candle in the bottle for a simple centerpiece or side decoration.
Get Creative with the Coffee Table
Your coffee table is the perfect item to redecorate for the holiday. Dress up a simple tray with peppermints and a candle for a festive twist.
Use Leftover Ornaments
If you have leftover ornaments after decorating your tree, find other places around your house to use them (on wreaths, for example).
Use Candy as Decoration
Candy (like peppermints and chocolates) are an inexpensive way to make your home flavorful and festive. Candy canes are also great for hanging around the house.
If you have extra mittens lying around the house, hang them in different places as holders for other festive items.
Decorating your house doesn’t have to be a chore. Get creative with the items that you choose and turn your home into a cozy refuge from the cold weather.
When you think about decorating for the holidays, Halloween and Christmas are definitely the easiest. But right between the two is Thanksgiving. While we all know what to eat, you may not know how to decorate. Here are a few tips on how to decorate for Thanksgiving to give your whole house a festive feel.
As the complete fall staple, pumpkins are an easy way to decorate for the fall. But if you want to break up the orange, try chalk painting some pumpkins for a unique color palette.
Thankful tree. Create a thankful tree that family members and guests can add to. Print and cut out leaves for people to write on and share what they are thankful for. Add them to the tree and watch it grow.
Leaf table runner. Use colorful felt in whatever combination you choose to cut out large leaf shapes. Then, hand-stitch them together to create a unique table runner that doubles as a hot pad for Thanksgiving dishes.
Autumn door greeter. Use a small chalkboard or create your own using chalkboard paint. Write a welcome greeting and decorate the border with fall leaves and berries to hang on your front door.
While Thanksgiving is usually packed full of traditions, most of those family traditions usually involve food and the way it is prepared. If you’ve been aching to try something new this year, but don’t want to mess with the menu, consider adding some of these Thanksgiving traditions to your annual feast.
Eat breakfast. While some families have a strict “no breakfast” rule, why not indulge yourself? Search the internet for an intriguing fall-themed breakfast, such as this pumpkin pie breakfast bake.
Go for a walk. While this holiday is all about indulging on our favorite holiday foods, getting a little bit of exercise will lessen the stress of the day and perhaps even increase your appetite.
Create a thankful tree. Cut out colorful leaf-shaped pieces of paper. Have all of your guests write down what they are thankful for and attach them to the tree. You can share all the thankfulness over dinner.
Let the kids help. While toddlers and preschoolers may not be up to the task, older kids can definitely lend a hand. Put them in charge of dessert and they can take orders and serve.
Make a toast. Let everyone around the table make a toast. It will bring the family together and help slow down the meal.