‘Tis the season to be jolly! Ok, maybe a little early but if you want to get the most out of your Christmas decorations then you’d better get prepping because in a few weeks your house will be transformed into a holiday wonderland. Here’s how to DIY some spectacular Christmas cheer just in time for December.
Dress up your front lawn
If you’ve always wanted to dress up your house like a Hollywood Christmas movie this is the year to do it. Decorations are becoming increasingly popular in Australia so get ahead of the curve and make yourself one you can use year after year. For a decoration that will impress the kids and adults in your neighbourhood turn a wooden cubby house into a Santa’s village on your lawn. Simply paint it up in festive red and green, add some fairy lights, tinsel or even spray-on snow and design a sign for the north pole. Pop a Santa cutout in one of the open windows or elves and reindeer hiding behind the door. It may take a bit of effort to start but the reward will be a stunning Christmas scene you can roll out every year.
Create festive party seating
The secret to hosting a stunning festive party is a holiday atmosphere across every detail of the event. Food, drinks and standard decor are to be expected but if you want to step it up a notch find ways to decorate that may surprise people. Sleek bar stools make for the perfect party seating since they can be moved around easily to accommodate your guests wherever the fun takes them. They also couldn’t be easier to temporarily decorate by wrapping tinsel, ribbons or beads around the stool legs. Plus they’re easy to stack and put away the rest of the year so you’ll party ready at a moment’s notice.
Get creative in the kitchen
A favourite Christmas decoration with Sophie Kost, from My Beautiful Abode, comes straight from her kitchen.
“Christmas smells like fragrant spices to me... cinnamon, mixed spice and ginger. When it comes to Christmas and home made decorations, I combine my love of baking with my passion for interior styling to make Christmas ornaments.
I have a family recipe for crisp gingerbread biscuits that make beautiful tree ornaments, and delicious gifts. I have also been known to make white fondant gift tags and place settings.”
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A unique wreath
Fancy a wreath with a difference? Why not make your own. Purchase a styrofoam wreath online and decorate in any fashion you see fit. You could cover it in gift wrap bows of different colours, pin on some holly and finish the edges with glitter. A fun DIY project for the whole family.
It’s not just the Grinch who’ll be green this year. Your neighbours will be going green with envy when they see all your fantastic decorations.