The holiday season isn't just about December! Here's a way to keep your decorations up to date - Halloween through New Year's.
1Put out a few ornamental pumpkins and a few scarecrows for Halloween. A ghost or two doesn't hurt, either. Themed hand towels are also a good choice, try a witch or a haunted house. Also, scented candles will always help a theme!
2Decorate the exterior of your house. Mums, corn bundles, pumpkins and gourds are great choices. These are seasonal rather than holiday themed, so you can use them for a few months.
3Leave the ornamental pumpkins and scarecrows out for Thanksgiving. Remove the ghosts and place a ceramic turkey centerpiece on top of your stove, kitchen counter, or dining room table...then you are ready for turkey time. Naturally, you need Fall decorations on your front door, in which a scarecrow will do, so if one is already there from Halloween, leave it...a few Fall-themed hand towels can be put out, as well as pot holders...it is time for the Witch hand towels, etc. to go.
4Put away the scarecrows and pumpkins and bring on the Holiday stuff...during Thanksgiving weekend, or shortly after, is a perfect time to start decorating for the Holidays...just ease in to it.
5Transition from fall. Once the decorations for Fall are taken down and you are getting ready for Winter, don't forget to hang a festive Holiday wreath on your front door, or a large red velvet bow that looks nice. You can also use rope that is made into a circle to make a small wreath too. Just add a festive holiday decoration, such as artificial holly, or a decorative holiday bow; thin wire can be used to hold everything together, place the wire so that it won't be seen...make a hook for the back out of wire, in order for it to be hung up.
6Don't forget to change your towels- fall is gone, and winter is here. Try a snowflake motif....and the candle scents!!
7Go to a nearby park that has pine trees and pick you up a bag or two of pine cones of all shapes and sizes. Pine cones are great decorations; simply fill a nice size fruit bowl with pine cones, add a few fake miniature red apples, and maybe a little artificial holly (pliers can be used to cut the long stem on the holly)...sit the bowl in the living room, on a coffee or end table...it can also be used as a center piece for your dining room table.
8Find some of the popcorn ball type pine cones, you can add a few of them in to your decorative bowls or baskets. You can spray paint a few of them in seasonal colors (red & green, gold & silver, or blue & silver). Make sure to let them dry before adding them to the bowls or baskets, or whatever else that you may have in mind for them...the choice is yours.
9Fill some wicker baskets with pine cones and set them in your kitchen or bathroom; you can add a small amount of potpourri under the pine cones such as Cinnamon, or any holiday scent...small holiday bowls from the store are great for this.
10Buy different flavors of candy canes. They are great to eat and, good to add to holiday gift packages; plus they're great to decorate with...add a few to your tree, or hang one or two to the side of your stockings. Add some candy canes to a festive holiday mug, and set them out as a delightful, holiday décor.
11Add some artificial Holly or Poinsettias to existing plants...cut the stem off a few of them and add them to your shelves, even place them in the bathroom, on the towel shelf.Advertisement
- Christmas cards are wonderful, and it is best to hang on to them, year after year. They make great decorations for your front door on the inside, just arrange them the way that you choose...if you get enough of them you can even string them across your living room, or on a wall.
- You'll find that if you have lost a love one, that the Christmas cards that they have sent you will mean so much; it is like part of them is still there with you each year that you hang up the cards from them. It is nice reading their words.
- There are many festive refrigerator magnets that will really spice up the look of your kitchen during the Holidays. You may want to add a few of your kids Holiday drawings. Make your child feel special during the Holidays by allowing them to help decorate.
- The small picks that can be placed in with your dried flower arrangements are neat, such as eggs for Easter, or scarecrows for Fall or Halloween, or birds, bees, or butterflies for anytime of year.
- Everyone is different on what they feel is important for Christmas time decorating, but Christmas isn't quite Christmas without recognizing what it is all about; so don't forget to put out those Nativity sets, large or small ones...Jesus wouldn't care what size.
- There is nothing quite like fruit bowls that are filled with lots of fruit; apples are really bright and cheery and walnuts have the Christmas Holiday appeal to them, so be sure to stock up. Don't forget to set out the candy dishes filled with candy, and have lots of cookie tins with festive cookies in 'em. Yummy!
- You can hang tiny Holiday figurines from the chain of a ceiling fan or light. Snowmen, reindeer, or any other festive characters that you may run across.
- You should always keep on hand French vanilla candles, they are great through the entire year...the apple and pumpkin spice candles work well for Halloween and Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas...cinnamon is definitely a great scent for Christmas. Walgreen's sometimes carries the vanilla sugar cookie scents, which are fabulous.
- All you need to remember is to be creative, keep the time of year in mind, such as lots of colors for spring.
- To really freshen the air at Christmas time use fresh orange peel and lemon, add it to a decorative small bowl or basket and place it in your kitchen...throw it away after several days and add fresh.
- You can make better use of your Holiday towels by buying towels that are suited for seasons- a pumpkin or a cornucopia for Fall, and a snowflake or snowman for winter. They are usable year after year as well.
- Spray paint some small wicker baskets, according to the time of year, such as maybe pink for Easter, then they can be filled with Easter candy or Easter eggs; for all other occasions, be creative...like black is truly a Halloween color...add party favors or candy.
- A thin mesh material in maroon or red, can be cut and used to add small pine cones and holiday scented potpourri to. Simply cut the material in an even straight line, allowing enough material to be able to fill with the items mentioned. Then pull ends of the mesh together, until they meet...and tie-off with a pretty thin ribbon, such as green, red, gold or silver. You should pick the ribbon according to the color of the mesh material, like if the material is red, go with like the gold or maybe green ribbon...once they are finished lay them around on end tables, shelves, etc.
- You can't go wrong with red velvet bows when it comes to decorating, for Christmas you can hang one on your front and back door; plus you can decorate the post of your mailbox with a large red velvet bow?; or may want to go with plastic, due to rain...add a few to the posts near your porch if you have them...the velvet bows are great.
- You can't go wrong with garland, the bright green and red garland looks great; it can be hung up around your doors inside and out...garland can, also, add a great appeal to your bushes outdoors as well.
- Miniature lights are wonderful, and can be used for much more than just decorating Christmas trees: they can be placed up under your kitchen cabinets, you can begin by stringing them so that you can easily plug them in. Colored ones work best, not that the white lights aren't pretty. They can also be strung around your windows. Make sure that they can be seen inside as well as out.
- This tip is regarding the rope wreath; after the holidays are over remove the holly etc., and add a beautiful artificial flowers. Therefore, you can further enjoy your wreath throughout the year. You may wish to hang it on your bathroom door, or even your front door.
- Fresh Autumn flowers, such as yellow roses, mums, marigolds and orange and yellow daisies can be enjoyed long after their beauty begins to fade; merely place them on a newspaper and let them dry out...then they can be used to make a great looking Fall flower arrangement or wreath. You'll need a festive looking flower bowl, some thin wire to steady the flower, foam to stick them in...be sure to clip off the extra stem. You can add a festive scarecrow pick and an ornamental pumpkin to the arrangement, and later maybe an artificial holly...small birds are nice...glitter can also be used. Sprinkle a little gold glitter on the flowers.
- When burning candles keep them away from flammable fabrics. Always use a plate, coaster, or similar object to protect the surface you set it on.
- Remember, not everyone celebrates the same holiday, try not to offend anyone with your decorations.
- Some neighborhoods have associations that limit what you can display on your property, such as flags, signs and holiday ornaments.
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