Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time to full-on decorate for Christmas!!
Christmas decorating can be expensive, and even though we love having the house filled with Christmas decor, we also don't want to go broke and have no money left to purchase Christmas presents! :)
Today we are going to share with you seven easy tips to decorate your house for Christmas that are inexpensive and easy to do.
Let the Christmas decorating begin!!
Seven Easy Tips to Decorate for Christmas
Free Tree Clippings
Even if you don't have a live Christmas tree, you can still have that Christmas tree smell by putting tree clipping in your home. Home Depot, Lowes, and many Christmas tree farms will give you leftover clippings for free. We always pick up a few and use them to decorate our mantels and put a few in dough bowls. Tree clippings are an inexpensive and easy way to get the wonderful smell of Christmas in your house without having to buy a live tree, and best of all, it's FREE!
Use Ornaments for Displays
You can purchase Christmas ornament balls very inexpensively at stores such as Hobby Lobby and Michaels, and these items don't have to be used just on the tree. Use Christmas ornaments all around the house. We put them in dough bowls, in lanterns, and even in plain white bowls. It's a great way to get the holiday spirit without having to purchase all new decor.
Another way to add a little Christmas cheer is to put inexpensive garland on bathroom mirrors, on shelves, and above pictures. By adding this little touch, your house goes from standard to Christmas in a split section.
Change Out Coffee Mugs
An easy way to get in the Christmas spirit in the mornings is to change traditional coffee mugs for Christmas mugs. We bought these from the dollar store a few years ago, and it's always fun to get them out. You instantly start your day in the Christmas spirit with your "Christmasy" cup of coffee.
Fill Your Home with Lights
Christmas lights are inexpensive, and they are a great way to spread Christmas cheer in your home. Lights don't just have to go on the tree either. By using candles and Christmas lights, you can give your home a magical glow. We use Christmas lights in our traditional trees, in garland, candles and lights in arrangements, and just hung in the kids' rooms. In our opinion, the more lights, the better during the holiday season!
Let the Kids Decorate Their Rooms
We spoke about this in our last blog post, but just a quick recap. We believe in making your kids' room magical during the season. We add Christmas pillows, Christmas sheets, lights, trees, Christmas art, and stockings to give their rooms absolute Christmas joy! All this decor doesn't have to be done in one year either. Each decor item has been collected over the years. This decor gives the kids something to talk about as they decorate each year.
More Than One Tree is Okay with Us!
Don't think that you just have to have one tree for Christmas. Our homes are full of Christmas trees that we usually collect each year. Each kid now has a tree in their room, they have a sports tree for the boys in the game room, Amber's parents' tree in their bedroom (since our mom sold her house), a greeting flocked tree in the entrance (new this year), and our family tree in the living room.
Did we purchase all these trees in one year? NO WAY! However, throughout the years, we will grab one on sale after the holidays. We love how the house feels with all our Christmas trees throughout our home!
Finally, all your Christmas trees do not have to be large. By just sprinkling a few small trees throughout the house, you can easily give your home that holiday Christmas feel! We found these trees at Hobby Lobby for just a few bucks!
We hope these tips give you a few ideas on how to bring Christmas cheer to your home and family.
We would love to see your Christmas decor. Please share with us your Christmas decoration pictures to us on Instagram @theoldrivernest.
We can't wait to see them!
Happy Holidays Friend,
Amber & Brooke :)
If you are interested in a few of our Christmas Traditions...check out this post!
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