Thanks to a tight budget and an even tighter schedule, decorating for the holidays can sometimes feel overwhelming for many St. Louis homeowners. But making your house picture-perfect doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive, especially when you have Mother Nature and quality home features to help!
Combining natural elements with store-bought accessories to your beautiful backyard and warm interior, you can create festive decorations that are Pinterest-worthy. Even better, you can get back to the best part of the holidays – the relaxing! (Keep in mind: Before decorating for the holidays, make sure your home, interior and exterior, is in tip top shape to showcase these amazing ideas!)
Festive Ideas for Decorating for the Holidays
Hot chocolate station.
Make sure guests always have a hot drink in hand by turning a hallway table into a cocoa bar. Set up a Keurig maker, a selection of cocoas, and festive mugs. Add small glass jars with marshmallows, chocolate shavings, and some candy canes for stirring. Take your decor to the next level by adding in a small gingerbread house, leftover garland and ornaments from the tree, and any of the following ideas! This allows you to dress up the table without spending a ton.
Accessorize your mason jars.
We love this idea from Midwest Living – cut off the ends of thrift-store sweater arms and place over the bottom of a jar. Fold the edges under and hot glue together. Just add in a tea light and some cranberries or some greenery from your backyard. Simply charming!
Or if you’re not ready to part with any sweaters, a simple ribbon will do!
DIY Christmas decorations for kids.
Spending time with loved ones and friends is what the holidays are all about – so get everyone involved with this idea.
Purchase some wooden letters from the craft store and have your little ones paint them with holiday colors, use Mod Podge to outfit them with glitter, or decoupage on some eye-catching wrapping paper for the perfect piece for your mantle.
Make use of those cluster of pine cones covering your yard. There are dozens of decor ideas you can create using something as simple (and free) as pine cones. Painting and adding some sparkle is just one (see image!)
If you are more of a sewer, you can create homemade felt organaments and tree decorations that will be passed on for generations (see image.) Simply cut out 2 ornament or tree silhouettes, place the cutouts on top of each other, and whip stitch them together. Finish your ornamnet with stuffing and close it with a final stitch! From there, you can glitter, stamp, and customize each ornament. /vc_column_text]
One-of-a-kind custom wreaths.
Evergreen wreaths are a holiday staple, but if you want to give your front door a little personality, shake it up! Grab a foam wreath base and hot glue on some brightly colored ornaments. Purchase a wooden letter and adorn it with holly berries before stringing it on a festive ribbon. Even arrange colorful cookie cutters into a wreath shape.
This is one of those ideas where your possibilities are endless!
Hit up the vintage store.
Your local antique store is packed with pieces that can be transformed for the holidays. A small galvanized or enamel tub can elegantly display an arrangement of pine cones or a small evergreen while an old sled can be dressed up with lights or garland to remind guests of an old-fashioned Christmas.
Go cozy indoors and out.
The cold weather calls for a few extra snuggles. Add style and warmth with holiday-themed decorative pillows and blankets indoors and out. Choose whimsical pillows embellished with glitter or velvet for your living room couch; burlap and flannel for your porch chairs so guests can cuddle up when listening to carolers.
Line your lot with luminaries.
Greet guests to your home with decorations that light the way. Buy glass vases, fill with water, add a floating tea light (battery-operated is best for this idea,) and tie on a red weatherproof ribbon. You can place these on the front porch or line your driveway to add a touch of festive curb appeal.
You can also drill a tea light-shaped hole in the top of a few logs or simply place a light ontop of each log (see image.) You are then able to organize them in an eye-catching arrangement on the dinner table or hot chocolate bar.
Light up the exterior with home decor.
Everyone knows that Christmas lights are a must for the holidays. Simply loop garland and lights along the top of your fence, string them from the sides of your deck, and line the outside of your home – anything that will beautifully showcase your yard and brighten your home’s exterior all season long.
The durable, top quality fencing, railing, decking, and lighting from Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions stands up against the brisk winter temperatures; making it the perfect foundation to show off your lights or garland.
Make Your Home the Best on the Block – All Year
We hope these quick and easy tips inspire you to create your own winter wonderland for the holidays! You can see that with just a few dollars and a little creativity, DIY Christmas decorations are easier than you imagined and don’t take much time at all.
Before winter storms start rolling in and you begin decorating, we suggest checking your fence and deck for signs of weathering and safety issues. If you just moved into a new home, check to see if you have cheap fencing and the durability of your decking and railing. The quality of your home products, in and outside, ensure you and your family’s safety as well as your home’s curb appeal. We’d rather you worry more about who is hanging the lights this year and less about “will my fence make it through another winter?”
If you’re ready to take the hassle out of decorating your home this winter and upgrade to maintenance-free products, we invite you to sign up for a free estimate. At Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions, your St. Louis Fence Company, we only offer top quality (USA-made) products, superior installation, competitive pricing, and excellent customer service. Our inventory includes: Fencing (vinyl, aluminum, stone, and steel), Decking, Railing, and Lighting.