We’re very close to December now, which means it’s definitely almost time to start thinking about getting our Christmas decorations up!
Get your house into the festive spirit with these decorating ideas for every budget.
Head outdoors and find some pine cones, holly, and ivy, and use the trimmed branches from your Christmas tree to create beautiful, rustic decorations.
Tie them together with some ribbon and hang them on the walls, or scatter them in the middle of your dinner table to compliment your other decorations.
Try incorporating cinnamon sticks with your decorations. You could put them in little jars, or hanging them from your Christmas tree using ribbons or string.
Alternatively, you can up your candle game by buying tall, red candlesticks for a classy, festive touch.
Lots of glitter!
If sparkle is what you’re after this season, glitter is very cheap and can be added almost anywhere – as long as you don’t mind the clean up afterwards!
Try scattering some on your mantelpiece, on some fake fruit, or on your table cloth.
Display cards in a creative way
Instead of just displaying your Christmas cards on your mantlepiece of shelves, try pinning them to some long strips of red felt and hanging them on the walls. You could also hang them over some string and pin them to the ceiling.
The best thing is, you can get as creative as you like – and all for next to no money.
Tinsel doesn’t just have to go on the tree – you can also weave it through your bannister railings, frame your doors and windows with it, or twist it around your bed frame.
It’s a great, and affordable way to spruce up all the rooms in your home without too much effort.
Buy one (or two) wreaths
You can buy some lovely wreaths online or at independent shops and markets, or you can make your own. Many places offer classes where you can make your own professional-looking wreaths, for a personal touch.
You could even double up – two wreaths on your door looks a little different, classy and extra Christmassy.
Jars of Christmas treats
Fill glass jars with festive, colourful food, such as walnuts and cranberries. These can be jazzed up with ribbons, glitter, and candles, and can be used as beautiful centrepieces for your table too.
Light up your garden
Don’t just stick to dressing up the inside of your home – head outside and light up your garden with LED lights strung around your trees and bushes.
Alternatively, you can string some lights around your gate and line your pathways with twinkling LEDs – to always feel like you’re making an entrance!
Give your bed or sofa a speedy festive makeover with a red, plaid throw. Not only will the room feel instantly full of holiday spirit, but it will feel ten times more cosy too.
Gingerbread houses make beautiful Christmas ornaments for your mantelpiece. You can either opt to make your own, buy a kit for building your own, or you can even buy one premade online.
Use mini Christmas trees as a table centrepiece
Christmas trees aren’t just for putting presents under – they can also be used as centrepieces for your table (smaller ones, of course).
You can make your own miniature tree decorations and string some lights and tinsel around it too – be as extravagant as you like, or just buy a couple of mini, simple trees for each end of the table.
LED decorations everywhere
If you have children, you’ll have been nagged at some point to put up some lights outside your home! You can buy some amazing LED displays to attach to your exterior walls or to have on your lawn. Because why not let everyone know that you love Christmas?
Dress up your bar cart
Using a bit of tinsel and mistletoe, you can turn your bar cart into a beautiful decorative piece, as well as a handy drinks station for your Christmas parties.
You could even turn it into a hot chocolate cart for those cosy evenings spent watching festive films and waiting for Santa with the kids.
Christmassy serving platters
You can buy some really beautiful platters to serve all your festive treats in, such as these bronzed bowls. Alternatively, you could find your ideal serving platters, and use some gold spray paint to transform them into tempting displays.
Keep them on your coffee table around Christmas time, and make sure you keep the walnuts topped up!
A festive display
If you have a prominent shelf in your living room, go all out dressing it up and making it the focal point of the room.
Use brass or gold Christmassy ornaments, spray some fake leaves gold and use plenty of mistletoe, tinsel, and glitter!