Holiday Décor “Remodeling”
I love this time of year with the festive lights, Santa, parties and the joy of the season. The holidays are a great excuse for some crafty creativity. Surely I’m not alone in sometimes getting “bored” with the same decorations I pull out every year. Sometimes, you just want a little “remodel” what you already own. There are some easy (and economical) ways to add some fresh pizazz to your existing décor—and best of all, these can be done in under an hour!
PUT SOME EAST TEXAS ON IT – We are lucky that we live in East Texas. Why? Well, that is a very long-winded novel full of reasons that I’m sure you’d agree with whole heartedly. One of them, however, is that there are FREE decorations everywhere! Whoohoo! I don’t know about you, but free right up my alley! We have so many natural items that lend themselves perfectly to the holidays. Think of the pine cones, pine springs, berries, boxwoods, ivy and other greenery in your yard. You don’t have to keep it “natural looking” if you don’t want to—you can paint, bleach, add some glitter or glue them onto other elements. The options here are only as endless as your imagination. You could make wreaths, mantle decorations, centerpieces, tree décor, table décor, ornaments, porch décor—you’ve got to love the possibilities!
WHEN IT DOUBT, ADD STUFF! – One of my favorite things to do with my “this has seen better days” decorations is to rework them. This is especially true for wreaths. They don’t last all that long and start looking sad after being exposed to the elements after a while. Once it has become a “sad wreath,” you really have nothing to lose by doing a “remodel” on it. Add fresh holiday kick knacks, replace the florals or change out the ribbon and you’ve given it a new life (and much cheaper than buying a new one). The same philosophy goes for your Christmas tree. If you’re tired of the same decorations you’ve been using, just buy some fresh floral picks, sprigs, tinsel or garlands and add to it. You’d be surprised how some new picks or stuffed-in garland can change the whole look of a tree.
MAXIMUM IMPACT WITH MINIMAL TIME – If you are short on time (or décor), a few things will add maximum holiday impact with a small time (and monetary) investment. Hang strategically placed garlands above entranceways, staircases or drape over the mantle. Add in some lights or ornaments if you can. Bows are another quick décor item that is often overlooked. You can add bows in an instant to windows, doors, posts, or anywhere that needs a holiday perking. Similarly, hanging ornaments or other décor from fishing line from a chandelier or over an entryway can add a very dramatic effect. Voila! Insta-holiday makeover.
There are so many ways that you can add something “new” to your décor this season without breaking the bank. I like to get the whole family involved, experiment and have fun while spending time together—which, of course, is also a great excuse to nosh on some tasty holiday treats! However, if crafting isn’t your thing, you can always just throw a little glitter on it. That’s crafty enough for me.
Lisa E. Priest thinks glitter makes most anything better and is an East Texas Area Broker/REALTOR® with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or read more at BuyPalestine.com.