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Decorating your home for the holidays is supposed to be fun, but it can get really boring if all you’re doing is putting up the same plastic Christmas wreaths and hanging the same holiday ornaments on your tree year after year. This holiday season, why not spice things up? Here are five fun, fresh takes on Christmas decorations.
Bring the outside in for Christmas decor
Forget spending tons of money on holiday decor -- just head out to your backyard to find some beautiful and seasonal items sure to give your home a festive feel.
Fill a large bowl with pinecones of various sizes and place on the mantel.
Collect twigs of uniform size, tie them together with gold or silver ribbon and place in a tall vase. This makes a great accent for the front hall.
Fill Mason jars with fresh-cut fall and winter flowers like asters or poinsettias.
Tie evergreen boughs with red ribbon and place in a basket on the bathroom counter, front hall table and side tables.
Opt for an old-fashioned holiday
You can easily deck your halls with decor inspired by decades past.
String cranberries and popcorn to create garlands for your Christmas tree or banister.
Bake or buy gingerbread cookies and use as ornaments.
Create a warm glow throughout the house with candles instead of twinkle lights.
Add splashes of red with pretty poinsettias.
Go with subtle Christmas style
Forgo traditional red and green for seasonal decor that can stay in place long after the gifts are unwrapped. Instead of Santa cut-outs and plastic wreaths, opt for something more subtle.
Norfolk Island pines are small, easy to care for and delicately festive. Get one for the front hall and leave unadorned.
Choose accents in rich, warm tones like burgundy, ochre and plum.
Avoid clutter -- instead, adorn your mantel with three large gold or silver candles.
Add small DIY holiday accents
Holiday decor doesn't have to mean giant wreaths on every door and a tree in every room. Small, simple DIY accents are a great way to add a festive touch to your home without going over the top.
Tie red or green ribbon around napkins instead of using napkin rings at holiday dinner parties.
Place tea lights in Mason jars for an instant warm glow.
Float cranberries in glass bowls filled with water for unconventional centerpieces.
Baskets full of gourds add a subtle, seasonal touch to any room.
Host a Christmas decor exchange
If you're bored with your usual holiday decorations, but don't feel like making or buying new ones, a great (and easy) way to change your decor is to host an exchange. Invite friends who are equally ready for a change, have everyone bring a box or ornaments, garlands, etc. and trade your tired (to you!) trinkets for items you prefer. Not to worry, the trades don't have to be permanent. Serve some light refreshments, play some holiday music and come away with brand new decorations.
How to display holiday cards
Do you love the annual flurry of holiday greetings, but not the tumbling mess it creates on the mantel? This creative solution is a fun and easy way to show off your cards.