Here’s how to have yourself a merry little christmas, with these 10 decorating ideas for 2016!
1. Light things up.
Add a touch of green year-round by installing forest green lamps on the exterior of your home or barn. (Carson L-Arm Fixture, from $199; rejuvenation.com)
2. Add leaves to the eaves. Outfit a drape of greenery with lights, ornaments, or berries. (Check out frontgate.com for outdoor-friendly options.)
3. Top the tree with punched tin.
From ornaments to garlands, punched-tin pieces are galvanizing to become this season’s hottest holiday trend. Made of antiqued sheet metal, this nearly 10-inch star scores tons of style points. ($11; apothicaire-zochester.com)
4. Use what you’ve got. Stash plain planters, pots, and pails with birch logs and tiny pine trees bedecked with pinecones.
6. String your own garland.
Tired of popcorn? Thread marshmallows with red-and-white baker’s twine for a sweet update.
7. Add rustic charm to a card display.
Show off the influx of season’s greetings on a vintage tobacco basket by tucking well wishes into the overlapping strips of reed. (For old baskets, try eBay, Etsy, or CL Fair vendor Great Stuff By Paul). And if you want your good tidings to stand out from the pack, try one of these customizable holiday card options…
8. Set a festive (not fussy) table.
Look no further than your backyard for the makings of a pretty table runner. Wood slices add a rough-hewn touch and can also log time as chargers or makeshift cake stands.
9. Head to the tree farm.
Say what you will about the convenience of an artificial tree, but there’s nothing like holiday decorating from the ground up. So pile into the station wagon (or your family’s equivalent) and go on a hot cider-fueled pursuit of this year’s specimen. As is true for most family outings, good-natured arguments will ensue (That one’s too wide! Why, why are we walking so far? Mom, put down the axe!), but all will be forgiven by the time that one-of-a-kind fir finds its way home. And after Dad hauls down the ornaments from the attic and you go to hang that clay handprint from 1972, you’ll be reminded that family, like the “too-wide” tree and its humble homemade trimmings, is perfect in its imperfection. Take that, plastic.
10. Hang a wreath made out of…
…pinecones. A woodsy favorite, finished in a swath of metallic paint. (20-inch Gold Wreath, $60; michaels.com)
…wood. Laser-cut birch in an elegant laurel wreath design. (20-inch Laser-Cut Leaf Wreath, $22; aihconcepts.etsy.com)
…pom-pom & bells. A happy cluster of woolen balls and bells. (13-inch Jingle Bell Wreath by Roost, $75; thelightshop.com)
…paper Winter-white sprigs of holly and bay leaves. (15-inch White Wreath Kit, $25; papersource.com)
…a wagon wheel. We whipped up this one ourselves with juniper greenery woven around a 15.5-inch vintage wagon wheel. (Juniper Garland, $25/4.5 feet; gardensoftheblueridge.com)
…star. Preserved cedar is a true showstopper.(20-inch Star Wreath, $68; shopterrain.com)
…rope. Hand-woven with burlap and manila roping. (21-inch Hampton Wreath (bow not included), $99; thefestivehome.com)
…bow. A red metal accent that’s hard to top. (19-inch Bow, $30;homedepot.com)