Decorate your home for Christmas - Easy and Inexpensive Ideas for Christmas Decorations
There is nothing quite as exciting as getting ready for the holidays and decorating the home. In fact the lights, the tree, the family getting the house in order are all things which bring the spirit of the holiday season alive.
Of course they also bring about their own headaches and backaches. So here's a simple guide to decorating your house and not loosing your cool in the holiday count down to Christmas.
Just stick to the basics which look good and don't need too much pre planning to organize.
Lights - Inside and Outdoors
Nothing says festive season like lights. So make sure that you string up a few outside the house and get some for the rooms inside as well. It is well worth the couple of hours spent untangling old light strings. Just do it when you are not interrupted every five minutes and get stressed out. Early morning or really late night works fine.
Of course you can work with aromatic candles and fireplaces as well if your kids are not too young.However with most children aged under ten the naked flame can be hazardous. Yes I speak from personal experience, so if you have young ones running around the house don't spoil their fun by having candles around.
On the other hand a few well placed candles within holders can really jazz up the area that they are meant to decorate. So if you have a shelf that you can use, or even a table that can be placed in an unobtrusive corner it could work out just fine.
Don't want to bring in additional lights into the home and still want to capture that festive feel? Easy option is to use dim lighting of regular lamps already in place in the rooms and string up all the Christmas Cards that you have received like streamers.
You can have them on the walls or running across the room overhead from one wall to the other. That way they will not interfere with any young kids running around in the rooms. Plus the whole room will get that festive feel at minimal cost and effort.
Don't have too many Christmas Cards floating around as yet? Not an issue. Just get the children together and have them draw up individual cards for individual family members. These can be as crafty and fun as they want. Use magazines to source the main images if they are not too good at drawing and let them decorate the cards up with tinsel, beads, glitter and anything else that they like.
There is an amazing range or decorative stickers available at really cheap prices today. A few strategically placed stickers can really change the look and feel of a room. A great place to put sticker is glass doors and room dividers.
You can also make your own stickers. Get cuts outs of trees, reindeer, snowflakes and Santa Clause and use a two sided sticking tape to instantly convert the image in to a sticker. You can even have the kids do some artwork to put up.
The Tree and its ornaments
The mainstay of the Christmas decoration is the corner in which you put the tree. Make it a corner where the children don't run by too often although the tree will attract them like magnets. Use an artificial tree so that its stress free for you. No cleaning up needed under the tree each day.
Ornaments are best made at home with the help of the children. Of course a few traditional ones will be nice to have on the tree. So add the old family decorations and then let the children have their way decorating the rest of the branches of the tree.
This simple Accordion Angel is really quick to make and can be jazzed up by using different coloured paper, a variety of beads and just about any other embellishments to make them look pretty. They can be used not only on top of the tree but also as an additional decoration for the door wreaths or even placed on top of the gift wrapping of individual gifts.
Accordian Pleats Beaded Angel
Bundle of Gifts
Nothing says Christmas more than a bunch of brightly coloured gifts. If you have a large enough gathering coming in for Christmas you will need to do nothing more than gift wrap everyone's gifts and place them strategically together to make a good decoration.
What if there are not so many large boxed gifts? Take any big old cartons that you may have lying around and drop the smaller gift packages into them and wrap the cartons up. The rattling of the gifts will be fun, as long as you ensure that nothing breakable went into those boxes.
Using construction paper or hard card sheets is an easy way to make Christmas lettering. These can be cut out and painted white in order to make them look good. A few trims such as gingham cloth hats or bows can also make a huge difference to the look and feel of these letters.
They will hardly cost you any money and can be made into an interesting side activity leading up to the magic of the festival for smaller children. Place a few smaller decorations such as a tree with "Snow Covered" tops and its a real easy way to spruce up any area, both indoors and out doors.
Setting up an elaborate Nativity Scene also does not need much expenditure. With a few basic pieces and a whole lot of hand made embellishments, the scene can become a focal point of Christmas decorations for the room it is placed in. Plus its fun to set up with the children.
Once you have the basic figurines of Joseph, Mary, Angels, and the Three Wise Men, you can add a fancier crib, more visitors, a whole bunch of farm animals and a whole lot more. Some kids even enjoy having their dolls and action figures adding to the crowd at the manger. The more the merrier.
While you are bound to have a star or an angel for the tree top that you usually use, in case something happens to it, here is a simple and quick way to get another one made almost instantly. Even if you don't plan to use this simple paper craft star on the place of honour on top of the tree, you can use it for a number of other decorations.
Make a dozen of them and string them up on the windows to make a second curtain. Or use them as additional decorations on top the gifts that you have already wrapped up. You could also use them outside the house to spruce up a porch area or a drive.
Paper tree top star
Let Your Imagination Soar
There is no limit to the number of inexpensive and cheery decorations that you can come up with for Christmas. All you need to do is take a look at what corner of the house needs doing up and then add something there that will do the trick.
Making any area look festive is easy with a little creativity and imagination. If you are short on either, its a great idea to just browse through magazines, or even do a simple online search to see what can be made at home, easily and effortlessly, but will really make the house feel a lot more in touch with the spirit of the festival.