Guys, I’m feeling a little left behind this year in the whole blogger Christmas extravaganza! Typically I’ve had my Christmas decor up since Halloween and I’ve already been hitting you with fun Christmas ideas nice and early so you have a chance to maybe use some inspiration in your own decorating. Living in my parent’s house while we build means all my fun Christmas stuff is stuck in a storage unit summer, so I’m taking the year off from any major holiday decorating. However, I’ve been blogging 4 years now and I have a whole backlog of Christmas fun, so I thought I would throw together a list of my easiest (and least expensive) tips for decorating.
1. Gift Tag Ornaments – Cute gift tags are everywhere and why use them just on packages? I used these “Merry Christmas” Target gift tags on my tree last year.
And these chalkboard gift tags from Hobby Lobby the year before. They were $2 for a pack of 10 and they packed a big punch on the tree.
2. Make your own Gift Wrap – kraft paper is your friend! I’ve used kraft paper almost every year under our tree. I love the old school vibe it has and my kids always have fun decorating it. I’ve had them stamp it, paint it, glitter it, you name it! I’ve even spray painted it using a snowflake ornament as a stencil (check out the how to here)
3. Use Vintage winter gear – I’m trying to count all the ways I’ve used old sporting goods equipment in my Christmas decor, and I’m sure I probably missed a few! From sleds, to ice skates, snow shoes, skis and back again, I think I have covered the Winter Olympics. I’ve found most of these items in old junk shops relatively inexpensive and even a few in my mom’s basement.
4. Decorations you can eat! One of my favorite (mind numbing and annoying to do, but favorite) decorations was the year I made popcorn garlands for my tree. Beware if you have a dog (or hungry children) most of the popcorn will be missing by Christmas day, but it was fun while it lasted.
Other fun edible decorations include a hot chocolate bar, pretty Christmas cookies on a cake stand, and I always have candy canes hanging around. They look great hanging on the tree or just tucked into mugs or bowls on open shelving.
5. Christmas cards that double as decor. I love getting Holiday cards from all of our friends and family ever year and making a fun display out of them is a great way to add to your decor. I”ve strung them up on an old window, clipped them to sticks in a vase and just set them on my coffee table in a pretty tray.
So that’s it, it feels pretty weird to be decorating after Thanksgiving like a “normal person”, but I have to admit after having my Christmas decor up last year from Halloween to Valentine’s for various commitments, it’s nice to sit back and enjoy the real reason for the season.
If you are looking for more inspiration check out my Holiday Tours from year’s past.
2013 Holiday Tour