Decorate Your Home For The Holidays

Dated: 12/13/2017

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Decorating for the holidays might seem like an insurmountable feat.

It doesn’t have to be. Use the following tips to turn your home into a winter wonderland, or at least something resembling one.

Here are 15 holiday hacks for a lazy person — or someone short on time — to decorate his or her home.


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1. Never underestimate the power of well-placed garland.

When strung across the mantle or placed around a central piece of artwork, shimmery garland can give an entire room a holiday atmosphere.

I picked up these two garlands at Dollar Tree for $1 each. The non-traditional gold and blue colors add flair to the Christmas theme. Plus, they require little to no effort to put up.


2. Not everyone collects vinyl records like I do, but most appreciate the sentiment.

Many don’t realize, however, they make excellent Christmas décor because of their festive album covers.

Even if you don’t collect, consider purchasing one or two holiday albums. You can frame them and hang them on the wall or simply lean them against the wall.

If you have a record player, the music will flood your home with holiday cheer.

If not, they will at least make a fun novelty item or collectible.


3. Sip your coffee from a holiday mug.

Not only is it décor, it’s useful, too. For added holiday vibes, consider filling it with hot chocolate and marshmallows. The steam will make your home smell like Christmas.


4. Make a hot chocolate bar.

Make a Crock Pot full of hot chocolate.

Fill jars with hot chocolate extras such as marshmallows, chocolate chips, flavored syrups, candy canes and cinnamon sticks. Set the jars on a table with mugs, and voila! You have a hot chocolate bar.

For inspiration, search “hot chocolate bar” or “hot chocolate station” on Pinterest. Lovely images will swarm your screen.

This fun station will come in handy if you host a holiday party.


5. Light some candles.

While candles don’t necessarily symbolize the holiday, they do appear festive.

Consider purchasing a candle with an evergreen, peppermint or Christmasy scent. For safety, consider using a plug-in candle warmer rather than fire.

When placed as a centerpiece, along a stairwell or near the windows, candles will create a holly jolly atmosphere.

For an added effect, place the candles in mason jars filled with fake snow. This will make the perfect, simple centerpiece.


6. Display your Christmas cards.

Did you receive any Christmas cards or holiday photos? Post them all on a bulletin board as a decoration. If you have enough, tape them to the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree.


7. Pick up a holiday headband.

For me, this was another Dollar Tree find. When you’re not wearing the holiday headband for photos, you can put it around your mailbox, internet router or anything else it fits on for a silly Christmas accent.


8. If you don’t have a Christmas tree, consider decorating a sturdy plant.

Many indoor plants are capable of holding an ornament or two. If not, consider hanging candy canes or lightweight garland (See No. 1).

HGTV.com recommends filling a vase with water and evergreen clippings, then wiring ornaments onto the branches. If you place wrapped gifts underneath, it will have the same effect as a tree.


9. If you already read No. 8, then you know it’s easy to craft a stand-in Christmas tree.

Consider using leftover wrapping paper taped to the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree. Use bows in the three corners to define the shape.

If you’re really feeling crafty, make a seashell Christmas tree. Find a foam Christmas tree at a local craft store and use hot glue to stick seashells all over it.

This is ideal for a beach-themed Christmas party.


10. Fill a basket with pine cones.

Pine cones can make any room look seasonal. Put them in an empty basket, and let them do the holiday decorating for you.

If you have acrylic paint, consider brushing the pine cones with festive colors.


11. Make paper snowflakes.

Use an online tutorial to cut paper snowflakes from white paper.

You can hang them from the ceiling with yarn or fishing wire, stick them to the windows or string them along the stairwell rail.


12. Use fake snow.

Place fake snow along the mantle or a rectangular table and set your wrapped presents on top. This is an easy way to create a faux white Christmas.


13. Do you have extra ribbon lying around?

Wrap a bow around each chair in the dining room. It will give the room an elegant feel.


14. Use a vase to quickly make a centerpiece.

Vases aren’t just for flowers.

Fill a vase with peppermints, candy canes or red or green wrapped candies for a tasty centerpiece. Or, fill a vase with small ornaments for a classic look.


15. Purchase a bouquet of real or faux poinsettias.

The gorgeous red plant is the perfect floral display during the holidays. Pair it with evergreen clippings and pine cones for a tasteful centerpiece.


By SAVANNAH EVANOFF

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Tim Morgan