Getting Ready for Christmas With Personal Decorating and Gift Ideas

Getting Ready for Christmas With Personal Decorating and Gift Ideas
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    There is no doubt Christmas will be a little different this year; but that does not mean we can't feel the same Christmas Spirit in our homes.

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Whether you are a Christmas fanatic with all the fixings, or a student looking for a budget-friendly way to warm your apartment, we have festive décor and gift suggestions you can personalize this season.

Christmas Tree & Ornaments

You just finished stuffing your face with the last bite of turkey and mom’s already dragging this down the stairs – the Christmas staple. Whether you prefer a simple tree with lights or a decadent tree with snow dusting, ribbons, bows and stuffed elves- this will be the centerpiece of your home.

If you do not have the space for a full-sized tree, consider a tabletop tree. Dress it up with fabric bows and mini ornaments. Alternatively, some people choose to zigzag garland into a tree outline on their wall.

Intertwine it with string lights and colored tinsel. Hang mini Polaroid photos of friends and family along it rather than ornaments to match its more two-dimensional shape.

Vintage Stockings

Whether you make them or buy them, stockings are a classic addition to any space. Hang them on the fireplace mantle or your media console. They also look wonderful transcending your staircase.

If you do not want to buy them, they make a great family DIY project. You can use felt or fabric or repurpose a quilt or sweater.

After cutting out your shapes you can either sew or superglue them. Top them off with pompoms, bows, craft flowers, or white fluffy trim. With different color felts and fabrics, you can cut out letters for names or monogrammed initials.

Another sock repurpose craft are gnomes. With just some old socks and rice to stuff them you can create mantle gnomes with Santa hats.

These have been very popular this year, lining the shelves of every holiday section, and now you can make them at a fraction of the cost. Place them poking out of your stockings, along your couches and beds, countertops, and on/under your Christmas tree.

Garlands/Wreaths

As mentioned earlier, garlands are a great alternative if you cannot have a real Christmas tree. Hanging it all over the railings, entrance ways, door frames, and ceilings gives the illusion that you do have a tree in the house. Consider hanging lights, colored tinsel, and photos along it.

Wreaths can serve the same purpose of filling your house with Christmas green. Place them, along with mistletoe, above all your door and entrance ways. Add some poinsettias and red tinsel to your tables to compliment the green.

Banners/Signs

Cut out fabric, felt, or paper letters to hang on twine for a Christmas banner. Greet your guests with a “Joy to the World”, “Ho,Ho,How are you?”, or a “Drink and be Merry.” Get Creative with it!

Back your letters with Burlap or Christmas-themed fabric triangles. Make a Twenty-Five Days till Christmas countdown banner or chalkboard/felt letter board to place by your tree or welcome sign.

If you’re looking for beautifully designed signage you can use svg pre-designed images. There are some online for free or try these creative online graphic design bundles with hundreds of Christmas themed designs and fonts. From there you can create clean vinyl, canvas, and wood signage with a cricut machine or through a company.

These design svg images are also perfect for personalizing clothing, home décor and holiday gifts. Choose a bundle with all your favorite fonts and designs and upload these images to sites that allow you to personalize products.

From Christmas Cards and gift tags to pillowcases and matching sweaters, design Christmas how you want this season.

Tabletop Villages

Antique mini Christmas cars, trees, houses, people, stores, and town sets are sold at department and craft stores. Depending on the size of the items, place them atop the fireplace mantle or entryway table.

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For larger pieces create a village scene just under your Christmas tree. Surround it with Christmas snow fluff (found at craft stores) or white felt. Collect a new item each year to build your collection. This is great décor for apartments if you can spare some counter space.

Wall Records

Collect vinyl records from secondhand shops and paint them. Paint Christmas scenes or holiday album covers and either turn them into ornaments on larger trees or place them around your house.

Write the year you created each one on the back and make it a tradition. Use a box or a storage case to enjoy them for years to come.

So there you go. Make this Christmas one of the best decorated themes for your holiday joy.

Image Credit: getting ready for christmas by twenty20.com

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