December is now here, leaving us with only a few more weeks to ready our homes for Santa’s arrival.
Well, for some of us, the judgmental in-laws can be a challenge. So, if you’re going to put up with criticism, you might as well give them less ammo to shoot and outfit your interior with the most impressive decorations.
Unfortunately for us, businesses these days have caught onto the fact that Christmas decorations are an annual necessity, making consumers more willing to shell out large amounts of cash for them.
This is why most brand-name decorations are absurdly overpriced. But not to worry as there is a plethora of knockoffs and cheaper options.
There are many DIY alternatives for you or projects to keep the kids busy during the holidays. Here are some of our favorites.
Getting Your Home Ready
If your plan is to host the Christmas dinner, or simply want to get everyone in the house to participate in the festive spirit, you’ll know that a lot of preparation is involved.
This article by Fishpools details everything you need to know about preparing your home…from setting up your dining room to creating the ambiance with the right lighting.
With their valuable advice, your home will be prepared in no time, ready to impress whoever walks through the door.
Melissa & Doug Advent Calendar
No child, or adult, should go through December without an advent calendar to put a smile on one’s face every morning.
The wooden advent calendar from Amazon depicts a Christmas tree with 24 days of magnetically attached unique Christmas ornaments.
A big red trough at the base of the tree keeps your ornaments safe for next year as you flicker them off.
A gift for your kids and yourself… a reusable advent calendar, a Christmas tree, and Christmas decorations all in one.
This makes a great value addition to your décor and Christmas spirit.
Poinsettia LED Flower Garland
This idea combines the cozy, festive feeling of red flowers with the warm ambiance of yellow lighting is nothing short of brilliant.
The lights work on a six hour timer and can be set to fade, flash or provide a steady glow.
And because the plants are artificial, you can re-use them year after year without fuss.
Mini Bottle Brush Trees
KUUQA’s set of 26 – 48 pc variable sized trees provides excellent value and enough decorations to fill a room.
Their warm green hue is accentuated by a light powdering of December snow.
In addition, the simple wooden bases ensure that they stay upright when the kids decide to race around the table.
With a sizeable quantity of 34, you have more than enough trees to dot around every room in the house.
Alternatively, you can create mini forests and combine them with other figurines to make your own Christmas scenes.
December is a busy month, so we don’t expect you to take on week-long projects just to add some decor to your home.
A bow wreath only takes 20 minutes to make and requires little more than some bows, a styrofoam base and hot glue. Yet, the end result is something that looks like you had paid a pretty penny at the store.
Dining Room Chair Bows
Sticking to bows and DIY projects, this one is even more simple, but adds a lot of appreciable detail to your dining room table.
Head to the local craft shop and pick up some sizeable cloth material in a festive color of your choosing.
Then, tie a simple sash bow using one of the countless techniques that you can find online such as in the video above.
For our last DIY project, why not try your hand at some galaxy baubles?
Making these is as simple as picking up some clear Christmas decor balls, filling them with clear floor wax and adding some glitter in your choice of colors.
These look ten times better than store bought baubles and only cost a fraction of the price. An added bonus is that your kids will love making and playing with them, too.
Plaid Reindeer Reversible Throw Pillow
Now we know these pillows aren’t inexpensive, but they can also be used throughout the year after the Christmas holidays are over.
These reversible throw pillows from Wayfair feature unique double-sided designs depicting different festive scenes and creatures.
The great thing about these is that is that you can keep them on your sofa for the rest of the year. Simply throw on a different pillow cover if the designs clash with the theme of your interior.
By being smart with your decor and saving money, you will be left with more in the bank to spoil family and friends.
And don’t forget to pick up something nice for yourself as well. With all the hard work you put into decorating the house, you deserve a gift!