It’s that time…the holiday season has arrived! Are you planning and preparing? Have you started your Christmas decorating?
I won’t have a house to decorate this year until mid December. To get me in the spirit of the season and not feel as if I am missing out, I went shopping at Pier 1 and chose a few items to decorate my foyer one last time.
Since the season is about so much more than just Christmas morning, starting to decorate at the end of November makes the house magical all December long while building up the excitement to Christmas Day.
You know I love to decorate, but I really, really LOVE to decorate for the holidays. I know it stems from my childhood and coming home after school in early December to a house transformed by my mom into a holiday wonderland of greenery, twinkle lights, and Christmas touches all around.
It also comes from years of working in retail display and decorating the stores I worked in from top to bottom every Christmas. I learned a lot of tips and tricks and use many of them year after year to decorate my house.
Trees and mantels get most of the decorating attention this time of year, but I like to “do-up” the sideboard in my foyer by decorating it differently each year.
Remember what I did last year? I enjoyed creating that display, but since my life is in limbo while we are making the transition to a new house, I found myself craving order… I think that is why my mind went to lining up similar items from snowflake placemats, mercury votives, glitter spheres, faux cedar trees, and shimmer branches into orderly rows. :-)
Christmas Decorating Ideas
One Christmas decorating trick I like to use is to find ways to repurpose items. I like to find new uses for garland ties besides tying pine garlands to banisters. I used Jingle Bell Garland Ties around each lamp in the photo above so they would become part of the festive decor. I also use them on doorknobs, (see photo near end of post) candles and even to embellish gifts.
- My foyer is two stories high and needs large scale decorations. I added drama to the room by adding height to the top of the sideboard with Shimmer Branches. They can be grouped together in a vase or planter, but I chose to line mine up. To secure the branches, I simply pushed the end of each branch into the Styrofoam in the back of each Faux Cedar Tree planter. Easy!
Do you know what is the easiest way to set a holiday mood in your house?
Candles!!! I can’ t have enough. They produce a magical glow and add holiday warmth where ever you place them.
- Line Mercury Glass Candles along tabletops, mantels, kitchen counters, powder rooms and even in your fireplace to bounce the light all around the room.
As dusk settles in…the warm glow of the candlelight intensifies the magic.
- Faux cedars that don’t require sunlight or water can be reused year after year in many different rooms and ways. On windowsills, the top of a piano, or even as a table centerpiece.
- A little dusting of snow lining a platter, bowl, or filled in a glass vase will help sprinkle a wintery touch all around.
A collection of champagne colored Rattan Glitter Spheres bring nature and glam together in such a festive yet subtle way.
A Christmas without glitter? Not happening at my house…. It’s would not feel like Christmas, I need to see the sparkle. I adore these spheres…I may go back to the Pier 1 to get more so I can place them “en masse” in an ornament bowl that I use every year somewhere in my house.
- Felt Snowflake Placemats lined up create a wintry white to set the tone for the display.
I stayed with a natural theme on the sideboard, but when you turn to look towards the entry door I had a little fun with color…
…I am Jingling in the season with colorful Jingle Letters hung on festive ribbons from the top of the door using a thumbtack.
- I didn’t add it yet, but when I hang this in my new house, I want to add jingle bells to the bottom of the letter “E”. That way when the door opens, not only will you see the word “JINGLE” you will hear it too. :-)
How to Hang Jingle Letters
Hanging the letters with ribbons and attaching to the top of a door works on wood doors. My door is metal, but the center and top is wood, yours might be, too.
- Jingle Letters
- 6 lengths of ribbon in colors to match each letter
- Straight pins with beaded ends
- Clear glue
To figure out how long each ribbon needs to be so the letters cascade down when hung, I laid them on the floor in the order I wanted them to hang. I spaced them 2-inches apart. I then measured how long each ribbon needed to be. The ribbon for the “J” is the shortest. The one for the “E” the longest. Before cutting the ribbon, add about 2-inches to each length. You will need this when hanging the ends of the ribbon over the top of the door with a thumbtack.
- Once you have each ribbon the length you need, place a dab of glue on the top center of one letter. Fold over one end of ribbon about 1/4″ and push a straight pin through the fold in the ribbon where you placed the glue and then into the letter. Let glue dry before hanging.
2. When all the letters have ribbon attached and the glue is dry, place the opposite end of each ribbon under each other and push a thumbtack through all the ends of the ribbon as shown.
3. Stand on a step ladder, open the door and press the thumbtack into the top center of the open door. Trim ends of ribbon if needed so they do not hang out the other side of the door.
And don’t forget to place the gentle tingle of jingle bells on your doorknobs. A standard holiday statement at my house.
- Repurpose Jingle Bell Garland Ties as their own simple decoration, no garland needed. Twist over door knobs to hear the sound of the season all around the house. Your kids will love it, especially if you put one on their bedroom door.
To complete the Christmas decorating for the space, I added a few Pine Sprays with Berries into an urn by the door.
It is easy to add some Christmas decorating magic of your own this year with affordable ready made decorations. Mixing and matching them with your family favorites will have your home holiday ready in no time allowing you to sit back and enjoy the splendor of the season.
A little greenery mixed with some sparkle and festive colors thrown into your home will say… the holidays have arrived!