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8 Easy and Effective Decorating Ideas

If you are stumped or looking for new ideas when it comes to decking your halls this holiday season, we have eight simple yet festive ideas to brighten and add cheer to your home: inside and out. 

1 | Just Add Holly

To add an instant festive look, just add holly. Attach holly leaves to napkin rings or use a garland as a runner. Presto! You have a super seasonal and festive table. Interesting fact: holly dates back to before the birth of Jesus. It was used in pre-Christian times to celebrate Winter Solstice. It was believed holly warded off evil spirits. However, after Christianity spread through Europe, the prickly leaves represented the crown of thorns Jesus wore when he was crucified, and the berries represented drops of his blood. 

2 | Double Duty Your Ornaments

Pull out your glass vases and place shiny bright ornaments and a sting of lights in them. If you don’t have any, check out your local dollar store or IKEA to pick up a few. You can also use bowls or a dish and place your ornaments in it and then add a string of lights. Make sure you keep them out of a child’s reach, though, or your Christmas decor may become a heap of glass on the floor. 


3 | Lights, Lights, & More Lights

A string of lights can brighten any space. You can create a beautiful winter arrangement using a flower pot, firewood, evergreen branches, pinecones, and a string of lights. Set it up inside or outside on your front steps. You can also add a string of lights to a garland. Simple and festive in mere minutes. (Check out 6 Simple Steps to Decorate Outdoors this Holiday here)

4 | Going for the Nuts

Create stunning decor in minutes for your festive party or dinner. Using a glass vase, place a candle in a glass holder in the middle and surround it with festive foods like walnuts, chestnuts, cranberries, kumquats, and cinnamon sticks. 

5 | Festive Fabrics

Be on the lookout for festive fabrics. Check out your local fabric store, secondhand store, department store, home decor store or craft show to find festive linens. This time of year, you can find fabrics with festive prints everywhere. If you have your own sewing machine, you can make a tablecloths quickly. I picked up a tablecloth and napkin set in Spain this year, while it is not per se festive in terms of North American style, the set is lovely and festive to me. When choosing a fabric, keep in mind your personal style, as there are lots of festive fabric options: plaid, gingham, pastels, jewel tones, gold, silver, and festive prints. Use what feels festive to you.  

6 | Use Planters: Indoor & Outside

Using galvanized flower buckets, write a festive message on each of them, stuff them with fresh pine, add and string of lights and tie a bow around the top, and voila, you have brought a planter to life. This sharp-looking decoration is versatile, as you can use it inside and outside. You can also use decorative planters or plan planters.

7 | Release Your Inner Minimalist

Sometimes less is more. If filling your home to the brim with Christmas cheer is making you feel a little uncomfortable, maybe bringing out your inner minimalist is the way to go this holiday season. Instead of a large tree filled with decorations, purchase a smaller tree. And instead of garlands running down your bannister, add a bow or two. You will be the envy of your friends when it comes to putting decorations away after the holidays. 

8 | Brighten Your Space

There is nothing more instantly festive than filling lanterns with a string of Christmas lights. As the darkest day of the year approaches, Winter Solstice, you can brighten your living space inside and outside with these simple holiday decorations. Visit your second-hand store, craft store, dollar store, or Ikea to find lanterns. You can also use mason jars. 

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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