Did you know there are only 10 more Fridays till Christmas? Today 5 bloggers and I are beginning the countdown. Every Friday until Christmas we will each post festive ideas so that your home is holiday ready in time.
I know it is only October, but for me it is normal to be in full holiday decorating mode. I worked in retail display for many years. I am very used to decorating in October and hearing comments of shoppers as they passed me while I was hanging from the ceiling trying to get a garland hung just right…”It isn’t even Halloween yet?”
Most shoppers didn’t mind seeing the store go through a transformation early so that it was ready for the throngs of holiday shoppers that would arrive on Black Friday.
The display staff had a small budget and only basic decorations like wreaths, garlands, lights, ribbon, and ball style ornaments to work with. It was up to us to come up with ways to use these to make the store look festive floor to ceiling all the way down to the smallest detail. I learned to be resourceful.
One of these Christmas decor styling ideas is what I am sharing with you today – one that I used mostly on light fixtures, but that can be done on just about anything.
A few week’s ago I shared the news that my home was photographed last Christmas to be featured in this years BHG annual Christmas Ideas magazine. The magazine is on newsstands now.
On page 85 in the magazine is a photo of my sideboard in my foyer.
As I was getting the house ready for the photo shoot, I took a few photos of my own so I could show you how I used a simple, no-cost display trick using what I had on hand, along with some greenery from my backyard to give the lamps a holiday vibe.
No need to buy anything new. When the holidays are over, you simply take it apart, save the ornament for next year and throw away the greenery.
Christmas Decorating Idea for Lamps Around Your House
- greenery sprigs from your yard
- ball ornament
- one cut sprig from a fake wreath or garland
- florist wire
- wire cutters
Cut a piece of florist wire long enough to go around the lamp and a little extra so that you can twist the ends to secure. Thread cut wire through hook on ornament so that wire is even on each side of the hook.
- Figure out where on the lamp you want to add the decoration. Cut wire long enough to go around that section so that you are able to twist the ends to secure it on the lamp.
- Wrap sprig of fake greenery around the lamp. Twist ends to secure.
- Tie ornament on, twist ends of wire together to secure. Cut excess wire or simply fold it into the greenery to hide it.
- Add one sprig of fresh greenery by simply tucking the end under the wire that is holding the ornament on the lamp.
- Add another sprig slightly higher than the first, tucking the end under the wire.
- Keep adding more sprigs until you like the fullness of the greenery.
All done and holiday ready without too much fuss.
To make the runner for the sideboard, I cut a long strip from leftover wallpaper. I bought the wallpaper at Lowes. The wall stencil is the Large Marrakesh Trellis Moroccan pattern from Royal Design Studio.
You can see more of the decorating details I added to my house in the Christmas Ideas magazine. If you can’t find it on newsstands you can order it, here. The feature of my home starts on page 80.
To see more of my Christmas Decorating projects, check out my: Holiday Decorating Project Gallery
To see what the other bloggers taking part in Countdown to Christmas have created, click the links below.