Affordable And Easy Ways To Decorate Your Home For Christmas
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I had no idea how much I loved making mood boards until I made one in the fall for our front porch. It really helped all of those squirrels I have running around inside my head simmer down. I really am all over the place with my decorating and mood boards really keep things mentally calm for me. I wish I would have started doing them sooner.
I make most of my mood boards in Photoshop (which isn’t free) BUT I have used Canva multiple times too for mood boards. It’s free and easy to use. One day I might do a tutorial on how I make my mood boards but for now, I need to focus on Christmas Decor.
Christmas is such a busy time. I live with a bunch of angry elves who will not allow me to pull out one bit of Christmas decor until after Thanksgiving. At that point I feel like I am on a sprint to get my house decorated and gifts purchased and wrapped. Having a mood board for my Christmas decor will ideally help me to not go too crazy decorating.
Last year was our second Christmas in our house and the first Christmas I decorated this house. You can see last years home tour here. I noticed very quickly last year that most of my Christmas decor had seen better days and I wasn’t in the mood to purchase all new ceramic snowmen and glittery hotch-a-tocks (just made that word up)
I found myself instead just decorating with winter greenery, plaids, cozy blankets, and candles. Because once Christmas was over, I was able to keep the majority of my decorations up. I decorated for Christmas and for the season. And I didn’t blow all of our money on glittery hotch-a-tocks (I really do like the new word I just made up).
You will see a similar trend this year.
And you’ll see lots of buffalo check. I love buffalo check year round but the love intensifies this time of year.
Same as my addiction to mini Christmas trees, I sprinkle them around my house. Big Lots have/had the best mini trees I have seen in a long time. Especially for the price. I have them linked down below (and here), but they are definitely hard to find. They say they are sold out online. If you have a Big Lots near you, I highly recommend you go as quickly as you can. I went recently and picked up the last two of the these trees. Hopefully they will be adding more but just in case, go quick. I have one from last year and knew I was going to to try to find more this year. They are so pretty and real looking and for 8 bucks, it’s a no brainer.
I also like to add wreaths to most of my interior windows. Or I will put one wreath in the middle of one of my big windows. If you have extra garland hanging out in your Christmas bins, you can fold into a circle and make it a wreath.
And fresh garland (or faux) is an easy way to add some Christmas love to your home. I like to add some on my stair railing, around my doors, above my kitchen window, down my dining room table, you get it.
Same as faux pine stems…if I’m feeling extra energized I’ll try to find fresh. I put them everywhere I can. I put it in all of my vases, in baskets, tuck them in the corners of bookshelves. I purchase most of my faux winter greenery at Hobby Lobby because the selection is huge, it’s always on sale and they start putting it out in July so I have plenty of time to grab a stem here and there.
Front Porch Christmas Decor Ideas
Our front porch isn’t getting too much of a change. I found the cutest live pine trees at Lowe’s last year and knew that I wanted to put one in the new galvanized planters I just purchased. I’m going to ignore the part where it says these trees are house plants. It should be fine out on my front porch, right?? If you know that answer, shoot me an email.
The plaid rug is always on my front porch but I love it more this time of year. The wreath is also always on my front door, but I plan on adding in some bells and ribbon to the wreath to make it a little bit more festive. I also plan on adding in some tree clippings into my white planters. And that’s it, really. Just a few simple Christmas touches out here.
(You can see more about my front porch here)
Living Room Christmas Decor
The living room is why I really wanted to make a mood board for Christmas. I was torn on what to do with my mantel. I had put those blue prints on my mantel this past summer and while I still love them, I wasn’t sure how they’d look all decked out for Christmas. Nautical prints do not really scream ho-ho-ho, you know? By keeping it simple in here with blues, blacks and some natural elements, I think I can make it work. I plan on throwing in one red plaid pillow for some extra Christmas feelings.
We always cut down our own tree, and each year we have to get the biggest and fattest tree we can find. And each year the tree looks like it is going to fall over in our family room. I linked a pretty faux tree below though just in case you are not married to Clark Griswold.
**Update!! I just purchased these stockings because the price was too good to pass up and they have amazing reviews. And then when you throw some ribbon and bells on them, magic happens
Dining Room Christmas Decor
The dining room got a mini makeover recently, so I am really excited to deck it out this year for Christmas. Well, minimally deck it out. Again, plaids and winter greenery will fill the space. I always put wreaths in the windows in here. I also like using blanket scarves on my table for the holidays. I know it doesn’t make sense but a scarf laid on your table gives your table some extra texture this time of year. I sometimes also drape the scarf over a dining chair. They are inexpensive and come in all different colors and designs. They are good accessories to have on hand.
I made the “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” sign last year, you can find it here. Last year I used spray adhesive to adhere to a foam board. I think this year I might just put it in a frame I already have hanging in my dining room.
Office Christmas Decorating Ideas
It took me a few moments to remember that this time last year, my office was still being used as a storage room for unpacked boxes. Therefore this is the first Christmas experience my office will have. You can see more about my office makeover here. It is also my laundry room. You know, because that makes sense. (Don’t get me started.) The bookshelves in this room make a perfect place to tuck some wintery greenery in. I also made that chalkboard sign, and you can find that one here.
Seeing a trend?? More plaid, more wreaths and more mini trees…
The other rooms in my house will get their fair share of wreaths and mini trees but I made mood boards for the spaces I knew I would struggle with. It honestly feels like I freed up hours of my time doing these mood boards and I feel like I already got a jump on my Christmas decorating. And those angry little elves I live with couldn’t even stop me. Jokes on them..
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