As crisp breezes nip at our skin like overeager reindeer and gnarled branches shed their final scarlet leaves, it’s time to get prepared for the holiday season. Even the biggest Scrooge in your circle of friends is likely to feel their heart and cheeks glow with warmth on Christmas Eve, and the installation of holiday decorations marks the beginning of love and merriment all season long. To get your figurative winter wonderland started on the right foot, here are some great decoration ideas for the crafty, thrifty Christmas sprite in all of us.
1. Oh, Christmas Tree
The most iconic visage of Christmas is undoubtedly the Christmas tree. Whether it’s plastic, metallic or a genuine trunk of flora, a tree is an important centerpiece that will be the crux or your decorating scheme.
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2. Ornamental Design
Transforming a pine tree from a piece of woodland architecture into a Christmas idol requires the helping hand of ornaments. It’s a great idea to plan early, because you can often score great savings, like 25% off ornaments when you buy 12 or more from mamma.com/pier1.com.
Instead of buying ornaments, you can also craft your own. Consider re-purposing old light bulbs by painting them, though you could also just fasten them from branches as is. Ornaments could also be constructed from foil or costume jewelry.
3. Glitter and Starlight
Christmas is nothing without a generous coating of shimmer. The crystalline gleam of a fresh layer of snow is marvelous, but when you can’t rely on natural bling, the effects of man-made shine can still be enchanting. Use a paint brush to apply a thin layer of glue to any surface and let the glitter fly.
Sequins, crystals, fake gem stones and other items that sparkle can also be used to amp up your holiday decor. Of course, lights are a must for any Christmas display, so stock up on a variety of colors and string them up or just place them in glass vases and jars for a chic effect.
4. It’s All About the Magic Reindeer
Santa tends to get all the attention during the Christmas season, while his magic reindeer are slighted. Snowmen, snowflakes, icicles, candy canes and other holiday themed items are common in stores, but finding attractive reindeer decor can be a struggle.
Consider focusing on the grace and majesty of reindeer by creating your own reindeer decorations. You can draw or trace reindeer silhouettes on cardboard before cutting them out with box cutters, and you can even string them with lights to give your home an enchanted edge.
6. Paper Paradise
You can make so many cool things with paper, and the beauty is that it’s an incredibly cheap medium that can be manipulated to suit any theme or aesthetic. With some school grade glue and scraps of news or tissue paper, you can use paper mache to craft anything from festive wall displays to a star for the top of your tree.