It’s November but it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas.
By now, the malls and parks are playing Mariah Carey and Michael Bubble’s Christmas songs to spread the holiday spirit. By now, the shopping centers are crowded with people, rushing into buying presents and groceries for the upcoming holiday season. By now, the homes are furnished with eye-popping Christmas decors.
And by now, you may be worrying about how you’re going to make your home Christmas-ready with limited time and budget.
Worry not – you don’t need to splurge on extravagant Christmas trees or hire new home builders to transform your home into a winter wonderland if you can’t. You can make your home merry and bright for the holiday season with these 9 quick, easy, and cheap decorating tricks.
1. Stick to red, green, white, and gold accents
Colors red, green, white and gold are Christmas hues that are no-brainers. They are the safest choice and you can never go wrong with them if you’re struggling during your last-minute Christmas decorating.
Look for cheap home accessories like ribbons and bows, throws, rugs, tableware and table linens, curtains, picture frames, wall clocks, vases, candles and candle holders, and other home accents that play around with the popping colors.
2. Welcome guests with Christmas rugs
Aside from hanging a beautifully adorned wreath against your door, you can welcome your guests with holiday cheer by placing a Christmas-inspired rug or doormat. Go for vivid rugs with holiday greetings or graphic prints of Christmas symbols.
You can also DIY by grabbing an old, plain rug and painting it with acrylic and spray paint for a more personalized rug design.
3. Dress up your couch with festive throws
Another quick and easy way of bringing #XmasFeels to your home is dressing up your couch and dining chairs with Christmas-inspired throws. Look for soft and comfy throw pillowcases and throw blankets that say “Merry Christmas” with their catchy Yuletide season-inspired graphic prints and colors.
No time to shop? You can easily transform your existing throw pillows and make them look like cute Christmas presents by wrapping them up with shiny ribbons and bows.
4. Hang old Christmas cards as decors
Displaying wall artworks that manifest Christmas symbols is one creative way to add a touch of holiday cheer in your home. However, they can be a bit pricey. Instead, look for some old Christmas greeting cards and postcards and hang them as wall art.
Using a double-sided tape, stick the cards on your walls or entry door. You can even hang them on your Christmas tree, or make a “Christmas tree” out of them.
5. Use branches for your decoration
No Christmas tree? No problem. Gather some dry branches, with or without leaves, from your backyard. Bring the branches to life by painting them white then make mini trees out of them by placing them inside a beautifully crafted vase, glass jar, or flower pot.
You can also add some glitz and glam by painting the dry plants with metallic silver, red, or gold, or by sprinkling some glitters all over them. Adorn with shiny ornaments, like Christmas balls, ribbons, poinsettia, and pinecones for an instant, zero-expense yet glamorous Christmas tree. Don’t forget to put faux gift boxes underneath!
6. Make your own centerpiece with spare Christmas ornaments
Do you have excess Christmas ornaments from last year? You can simply put them in a glass jar, candlestick holder, vase, or bowl, along with a few candles. You’ll love how they can make a stunning centerpiece.
You can also string them around a wire hanger, seal with a glue gun, and voila – you’ve got yourself a fabulous Christmas wreath.
7. Let it snow with a no-expense snow globe
Nothing displays mini winter wonderlands better than snow globes. But if you’re lazy and a cheapskate at the same time, try creating snow globes using a salt shaker.
Look for small toys like reindeer, Santa, snowman, and other Christmas icons. Look for a small pipe brush and dip it into a green paint to create a cute Christmas tree. Create a scene with these elements inside your salt shaker and sprinkle some salt to let it snow. If you’re proud of your project, you can step up your game by creating globes using a medium to large-sized jars and tumblers.
8. Dress up your plushies for Christmas
Every Christmas, I dress up my Winnie the Pooh plushie with a red and white shirt and a Santa hat on his head, then let him rest comfortably on the couch.
If you have plushies, dolls, figurines, or any non-living object with a head and a body, dress them up with vibrant Christmas clothes and headpieces for a more fun holiday atmosphere at home. You can even hang the small ones on your Christmas tree as unique ornaments.
9. Light up with candles and Christmas lights
Christmas will never be complete without the warmth and coziness brought by light. Bring the Christmas spirit to your home by wrapping almost everything in colorful Christmas lights – your windows, walls, doors, shelves, and even that ladder you set as your official Christmas tree, like the one shown above.
Aside from decorating with electronic Christmas lights, furnish your home with candles, which symbolizes “the star of Bethlehem” according to Christians. Have them floating in a sand-filled glass jar or simply place them on your dining table and shelves, along with some garlands and ornaments.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a resident writer for Wincrest Bespoke, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family homes in Sydney. She loves looking out for new home décor trends and writing articles focused in real estate and interior design.