Festive Christmas Decoration Ideas

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2018

As the weather gets colder, it’s time to start thinking about everyone’s favorite time of year: the holidays. Decorating one’s house at Christmas has become a tradition in many households, but it can be hard finding new inspiration. These festive Christmas decoration ideas are sure to impress guests this upcoming holiday season.

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Special Decorations for Inside

The inside of a home can be a magical place during Christmas. Whether you have a Christmas tree or you want to display your nutcracker collection, find the right inspiration for the inside of your home.

Dining Table Ideas

The dining table is often the focal point of a kitchen when someone enters the room. It is where you are most likely to have a lot of guests gather for holiday parties and meals. Make sure that you decorate it in a way that showcases your personality best.

Winter Wonderland

A winter wonderland themed dining table is sure to be a showstopper. Cover everything in white, and have small amounts of fake snow or sparkling crystals on the table. Hang snowflakes from the ceiling or a light fixture above the table. For something even more magical, intertwine twinkling lights on the table.

Elegant Red and Green

Trying to incorporate red and green into your dining table decor can be a hard task. Often times using these colors takes away from the elegance of the decorations. However, there is a way to use these colors without this drawback. Float dark red cranberries in bowls of water, and place real pine tree garland on the table. Include candles and a dark red runner to tie the whole look together.

Night Sky

If you are having a nice Christmas dinner, but you don’t want to go overboard with the green and red, consider a dark blue theme. Use dark blue silk runners and twinkling lights to resemble the night sky. If you want even more light, you can also place candles on the table. While these option doesn’t have obvious Christmas colors, it is still beautiful and works for a more formal dinner.

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Beautiful Mantle Ideas

One of the most exciting part about Christmas is opening your stocking. Until that day, stockings are hung up on the mantle for display. Make sure the mantle is decorated to compliment these stockings and is festive enough for the holidays.

Pine Forest

Model your mantle after a beautiful pine forest for a more rustic feel. Hang real pine tree garland on the mantle with gold or silver reindeer figurines. Fake trees made of green, gold, or silver are a nice added touch. If you want the mantle to be fragrant, you can also add cinnamon-scented pinecones. Finally, to make this look even more rustic, add a burlap runner.

Looking Back

Christmas cards are such an important part of the holidays. Why not reminisce on your past years with previous Christmas photos and cards? Adorn the mantle with boxes wrapped as presents and fairy lights. Don’t forget to include everyone’s stockings and pictures of each stocking’s owner.

Classic Christmas

If you want something sophisticated that clearly represents Christmas, this is a great option. Drape dark red fabric all over the mantle. If you have a nutcracker collection or fake presents, sit those on the mantle. Finally, hang up all of the stockings for a classic Christmas feel.

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Unique Christmas Tree Ideas

A classic Christmas tree is always a great option for the holidays. If you are looking to switch things up this year, consider one of the following ideas for inspiration.

Dried Fruit Ornaments

Rather than typical ornaments, settle for some DIY ones this year instead. Cut different fruit such as apples, oranges, lemons, and limes so that you end up with fruit circles. If you want them to have a scent, sprinkle them with cinnamon. Bake slices on a cookie sheet for 5 hours or until dried out. Thread a piece of twine or string through the fruit with a needle. Make a loop out of the string and finally hang on the tree.

Monochrome Tree

A classic tree with a mix of colors can be fun. Change up the look of your tree this year by sticking to one color. Choose a color, such as silver or gold, and make all aspects of the tree that color. Wrap the tree in lights, and fabric to match the color. When decorating presents, choose either the same color, or one that compliments it, to wrap the presents in.

Mini Trees

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle that comes with a big tree, or you simply don’t have enough room for one, try having mini trees around the house. You can decorate a simple pine tree, or use a rosemary bush for a classic look. If you want to be more adventurous, use a mini palm tree to decorate. A mini palm tree is perfect for a beach out, and the others work well in the kitchen or family room.

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Wall Decorations

Filling the blank space on the walls can be difficult to do. You want to have relevant decorations without seeming like you are going overboard. Remember to stick to your personality with whatever decorations you decide on.

Christmas Card Wreath

Friends and family are a huge part of what makes up the holidays. This is the perfect wall decoration for displaying all of your precious loved ones. Use pine tree garland to make a large circle. Connect the ends of the garland with wire, and use colored clothespins to attach past Christmas cards. Hang the wreath in your living room or near the front door so that all of you guests can see it when they walk inside your home.

Gingerbread Man Garland

Transform your home into a wonderland with this gingerbread man garland. Pick out a fabric, such as felt,  that you want to use for the men. Use gingerbread houses or man cookie cutter or stencil to trace the shape onto the fabric. Cut out the shape, and then string the men on festive ribbon. For the ribbon, pick a color that would compliment your home, such as, green, red, gold or silver.

DIY Advent Calendar

Counting down the days until Christmas is one of the most exciting parts of December. Make this countdown interactive by creating your own DIY advent calendar. You can make an advent calendar any way you want because it’s all about being creative. For example, you can clip numbered envelopes to twine and hang them up on the wall. You can use small boxes, or even mini stockings with numbers. Consider putting a treat, like mints or chocolate kisses, in each compartment as a special surprise.

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Creative Decorations for Outside

Not only does the inside of a house need decorations, but decorating the outside of the house is equally as important. It can be hard to think of ideas that are not just simply stringing up lights. However, there are many ways to decorate the outside of your house in fun and creative ways.

Lovely Porch Decorations

Besides the glistening lights, the porch is a part of the house that catches visitor’s eyes. Decorate it in a way that showcases your personality and impresses guests.

Christmas Plants

One way of spreading the Christmas color of red is with the most iconic Christmas flower: poinsettias. You can also accent these beautiful flowers with smaller white ones. Stick objects like candy canes or giant pretend lollipops in the planters.

Spirited Doors

Add a little extra something to your front door this year. Hang pine tree garland on the top of the door frame, and a wreath in the center of the door. You can spray the wreath with flocking so that it resembles snow. Finally, add ornaments to the surrounding trees and on the garland to add more festivity.

Spell it Out

Words can add a lot to any decoration, especially if they are large and in front of your door. Pick a festive holiday word, such as “Joy”, “Merry”, or “Cheer”, and spell it out in rustic wood letters. You can place them against a planter or lean them up by the door. If you want them to draw even more attention, adorn them with fabric or lights.

Rustic Entrance

Add a rustic feel to your porch with items typically found in the forest. Cinnamon scented pinecones and pine tree garland are perfect for this. You can place old skates or skis by the door and have baskets holding poinsettias for a pop of color.

For other outside decorations, consider wrapping fake presents. If you have stairs, you can place one present on each stair for guests as they walk to up your door. Wrap bows around the trees outside along with lights. If you have furniture on your porch, you can place festive pillows out on them.

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Decorating for the holidays is a fun activity and a great way to bond with family members. Honor the ones you love by placing their Christmas cards and other holiday photos around the house. Try to get decorate the parts of your house that guests will see most, like the dining table and mantle. Remember to have fun and use it as a way to express your creativity. Happy decorating!

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