When decorating for the holidays, I like to keep it easy.
I challenge myself to (mostly) decorate with only recycled items and items I already own.
This year, I want to share my favorite items to decorate with for Christmas, and how I’ve used them in my home.
1. Decorating with fresh greenery
The trimmings from my real Christmas tree make the perfect decorating accompaniments for the rest of the house.
For example, I stick leftover boughs in vases and mason jars, and then place the “bouquets” throughout my house.
This year, I used them to decorate my fake mantle (really just shelves above my couch.)
They add greenery that lasts. You don’t have to water them or pay attention to them. Plus, they smell divine.
2. Draping a finger knit garland on the mantle
Last year, I discovered the wonders of finger knitting while I was in bed with the flu for three days.
Finger knitting is an easy peasy craft. And, it makes one long strand, like a garland.
There are tons of tutorials out there that can show you how to finger knit far better than I can.
Give it a try! It’s super easy. I made two strands from leftover yarn—one in red and one in white—to decorate the shelves in my living room.
3. Swap out everyday decor
“Swappables” is my made up term for decorations that you swap out with each season.
I only use a few of these in my holiday decorating, but I like the subtle holiday cheer they bring to a room.
For example, I recently bought a bright red pillow cover from Ikea. It adds a simple touch of holiday festivity to the couch.
And when the holidays are over, I’ll just remove it.
4. Add whimsy with mini Christmas trees
I don’t know what it is this year, but I’ve been obsessed with mini bottle brush trees. I found two vintage ones at a local secondhand store. One is in this light green. The other is a rust color. They’ve been making their way around my house. I adore them so much; I can’t decide where to put them. They make a fun addition to a mantle or table display.
5. Bring a touch of tradition with a door wreath
You can’t go through the entire holiday season without putting a festive wreath on your door!
I currently have three wreaths around my house.
Pictured above is my DIY Fabric Wreath from two years ago. It’s made from a foam wreath and scraps of fabric. (I added that festive bow this year.) I also have my DIY Ornament Wreath from last year decorating a bookcase and a new Twig Wreath hanging over a window. (I’ll share a tutorial for the Twig Wreath soon!)