Christmas Day is rapidly approaching, and that means it’s time to break out the holiday decorations to get your home looking like a winter wonderland.
If you’re like most people, you probably use many of the same decorations every year. But if you’re feeling a little adventurous this holiday season and want to change things up a bit, Blindster.com has a few simple and easy decorating ideas that will boost your Christmas cheer and make your home look more beautiful than ever during the weeks leading up to the big day.
A Christmas Card Display
Who doesn’t love getting Christmas cards? To put them to good use after you’ve read the warm wishes from your friends and family, designate a section of your living room or foyer to proudly display each card you receive. Attach them with pins along a string decorated with ornaments, or secure them inside decorative reindeer antlers for an even more festive look. One popular display location is on your mantle just above the fireplace. While you’re busy displaying your Christmas cards, don’t forget to create and send cards of your own.
A Christmas Artwork Board
If you have children in elementary or preschool, you’ll have no shortage of Christmas-themed artwork and crafts that they create in class. Instead of hanging their handiwork on the refrigerator or putting it away in storage, buy a corkboard and fill it with their creations. As the years go by, you can add to the collection to show off your children’s artistic skills as they improve over time. Make sure that each piece is labeled and dated so you can easily remember all the details about each child’s artwork for years to come.
Liven Your Staircase with Lights and Ornaments
Christmas lights and ornaments don’t have to be confined to your Christmas tree. Use any additional lights you have and wrap them around the banister and columns of your staircase—then, add ornaments and ribbons to give the display even more color and flair. You can also add even more decorative touches, like garland and stockings, for a truly impressive Christmas display. Your staircase will looking stunning at night and will light up your home from the outside.
Line Your Walkway with Christmas Lights
If you’ve decorated the outside of your home but feel like something is still missing, try lining your walkway with LED lights. A great way to create a soft light that stands out at night is to fill white paper bags with sand to weigh them down, and then place small battery-powered lights inside. The light will shine through the bag, but the paper will soften the glow and allow beautiful diffuse light to radiate out towards your home’s walkway and lawn. Not only does this improve the Christmas beauty of your home, but it also serves a practical purpose and helps your guests find their way to your door for nighttime Christmas parties.
Decorate Your Mailbox
Another outdoor decorative opportunity that often goes unnoticed is your mailbox. Whether yours is brick, wooden, or plastic, you should have ample room to make your home’s Christmas spirit extend all the way to the edge of your property. Place a bow on the front of the mailbox and a wreath or bouquet of Christmas plants on top, then string battery-powered lights around the base and post of the mailbox to make it well-lit at night. For an even more festive look, wrap the entire mailbox (excluding the opening, of course) in Christmas wrapping paper.
Decorate Multiple Christmas Trees
To stay in line with tradition, many people put up only one Christmas tree, even if they have multiple windows that are perfect for displaying beautifully lit and decorated trees. If your home has more than one set of large, front-facing windows, consider decorating multiple Christmas trees to really bring attention to your home’s holiday decorations and festiveness. Use one tree for presents and the other strictly for decoration, or spread the presents and sentimental ornaments between both trees to spread cheer throughout your home.
Place Candles in Your Windows
Window candles are an inexpensive and simple way to add a big boost to your home’s Christmas appearance at night. Place the candles in your window sills next to lighted garland and ribbons for an even more spectacular window display. When picking out candles, you can choose from battery-powered or plug-in lights that display white, yellow, or even colored light that’s visible from the road at night. In addition, you can also use real candles for a natural look—but remember to blow them out at night before going to bed!