Even if you don’t have a lot of money or time to spend on Christmas decorating, there are dozens of things you can do around the house to give it a festive look. Inexpensive items you pick up at the craft store or your local dollar store can be used to create imaginative Christmas decorations that will have everyone asking just how you did it.
Front Door Decorations: Everyone hangs a wreath on the front door; be different! Use Christmas wrap or aluminum foil and wide red ribbon to make your front door look like a Christmas present.
Christmas Cards Display #1: Hang a large red bow high up on a wall with a six foot length of ribbon hanging down. Use clothespins to attach Christmas cards in a hanging display.
Evergreen Decorating: If you live near a wooded area, go out and gather some evergreen branches that you can use for decorating mantel tops, side tables or window sills. Leave them natural, or spray with canned snow.
Bathroom: Use hot glue to attach small Christmas figurines to a solid color or clear plastic shower curtain. Think wooden nutcrackers, soldiers, dolls and teddy bears. Wrap red, white or green towels with matching ribbons to make “gift wrap” packages to decorate a countertop.
Christmas Art: If you have a large empty picture frame, spray paint it gold and use it to frame a sheet of pretty Christmas wrapping paper.
Candles: Candles are one of the easiest ways to decorate the house for the holidays. Colored votives around the house in different containers always bring a warm and inviting look. Try adding a few drops of red or green food coloring to water in a clear vase and float a candle on top. Even better, put three or more different sized vases with water together on a mantle or table top.
Computer: Yes, even your computer can get in the holiday spirit! Add a animated Christmas screensaver to keep up with the spirit of things, and stick a big pretty bow on top of the monitor.
Christmas Kitchen: Use unexpected Christmas colored foods to create a display. Try glass jars of sun dried tomatoes, green olives with red pimientos, red and green bell peppers in a basket, even red and white soup cans! Arrange them on the counter, using baskets or bowls if necessary, and decorate with ribbons and fresh or silk greenery.
Stairs: Don’t forget to weave garland or lights through stair rails. It’s an absolutely gorgeous look that really adds great style.
Trash baskets: Wrap your waste paper basket in gold or silver foil wrapping paper, and tie a ribbon around it. Trash never looked so festive!
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