If you’ve got plenty of holiday spirit but are short on time, you’re probably wondering when you’re going to decorate. Don’t despair! You don’t need to decorate every surface to get the warm glow of the season. It’s easy to decorate the seven key spots in just about an hour.
Simple decorations are elegant and easy. Plan ahead by getting organized. You can pull a few things from your stored holiday decorations or pick up some new items at the store. The rest you can grab when you grocery shop.
Ready. Set. Decorate
You’ll need to gather up the following items to decorate the top seven spots in your home:
- Wreath and hanger
- Holiday doormat
- Assorted ornaments
- Ribbon and scissors
- Long strand of lights
- Light suction cups
- Bags of red and green apples
- Box of candy canes
- Box of individually wrapped gingerbread men or other sweets
- Small poinsettia
Put on some holiday music and light a few candles to set the mood. Now you’re ready to deck your halls!
Deck Out the Door
Start at the front door to give your home a holiday welcome. Sweep the porch and replace your traditional doormat for a festive one. Hang your wreath on the door using a wreath hanger, suction cup or removable adhesive hook.
Light up the Living Room
Hang some lights inside your front window. Use tiny suction cups designed to hold lights to affix your strand of lights around the edge of the glass of your front window, then plug it in.
Move on to your mantle. Or, if you don’t have a fireplace, use this same technique to decorate another focal point, like the top of a bookcase or entertainment center. You can use a lit or unlit garland. Arrange your garland over the mantle. If it’s long, you can let it hang down on both sides or fold it in half and use it doubled across the top. Use a number of your ornaments to give the garland some glamor. Just tuck them in among the greenery.
For your coffee table, grab a favorite serving-size bowl. It could be a wooden salad bowl, a clear glass bowl, a piece of pottery or even a long tray. Place it on the table and fill it with a selection of your favorite ornaments.
Decorate the Dining Room
Clear off your dining table and place the poinsettia on the table as a centerpiece. You might want to set the pot on a plate to protect your table from any moisture. Then, use ribbon to tie a bow around the back (or on the top posts) of each chair.
Continue in the Kitchen
Place a large basket or bowl on the kitchen table or in the middle of the island. Fill it full of a mix of red and green apples. On the countertop, use your gingerbread cookies and candy canes as a fun touch. Fill glass canisters or jars with the treats, then tie a festive bow around the middle of each jar.
Don’t Forget Gifts
It’s not the holidays without gaily wrapped packages. Use the ones you bought and wrapped as a part of your decorations. Pile them in an armchair in the living room or nestle them into your bookcase. Wherever you gather them, they’re sure to be a bright addition.
In just a short amount of time, your home is ready for the holiday season. What are some of your tips for quick holiday decorating? You can find a wide assortment of decoration options at Home Depot.
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