If you’re not a grinch, you’ll want the house to appear stunning to guests during the holiday season. However, as you know, it costs to beautify the home with expensive wreaths and appropriate holiday decor, unless you use creativity. Decorations don’t have to break the bank. Find how to make your house look great while still having money left to buy friends and family gifts.
Why wait until guest are inside to make an impression? Let them know it’s Christmas as soon as they step up to the doorway. Flank the entryway with plastic urns found at a garden center or craft store. But, rather than expensive seasonal plants, fill the urn with balls, garland, lights, and other appropriate elements. Use cotton balls for snow, print snowflake templates to hang from the sides, and don’t spare any creativity.
A grand centerpiece can cost mucho bucks, but not if you’re paying with creativity. Rather than blow your wad on a catalog centerpiece, head to your local arts and crafts store, and purchase plastic greenery and spray cans filled with faux snow. Spray down the greenery and collect pinecones from outside to place atop the arrangement. Voila- you have a linear or circular-shaped masterpiece!
Red and green, designated as Christmas colors, need representation, and you can find the colors at a low cost. For example, fill a jar with red apples and another with limes to decorate your kitchen table top. Buy square cuts of red and green felt to create Christmas flags to place in your living room above the couch. For a sporty angle, find sports teams with red and green uniforms, such as the San Francisco 49ers’ red and the Boston Celtics’ green.
What words come to mind when you think of the winter and the holiday season? Santa? Reindeer? Sledding? Hot chocolate? Get the kids and other family members to play along and lend associations. Use a stencil and holiday colored construction paper to arrange lettering throughout the household. Use safe adhesive so you won’t damage your walls or personal property.
The holiday season takes place in the winter, but depending on your geographic, you may host sunny, warm weather versus snow. If you live in California or Florida, or if you’re more of a sunny weather type of person, create a citrus snowman with Clementine oranges. Use string licorice for his scarf; pieces of candy cane for his arms and hat; and, hold the citrus fruit together with toothpicks.
All kids and adults know Santa delivers presents the night before Christmas, but you can arrange faux presents around the household by wrapping empty boxes with your choice of holiday paper and ribbon. Place them throughout the home and under your tree filled with lights, garland, and personalized Christmas ornaments.
Find logs outside your home or purchase a few at the store to stack and serve as a log library. Line the rows with traditional Christmas DVDs and storybooks. Make it a point to read a Christmas story or watch one movie each night during the holidays.
Nina Wray has been working in the gift industry for many years. She is enthusiastic about crafts and homemade gifts and enjoys sharing her ideas with an online audience. Her thoughts have been published on a number of different websites.