1. Create a natural flair with seasonal greenery – mix greenery with natural materials like rustic wine crates (which can be found at local wine shops), pinecones, twine and mason jars to create an organic, homemade holiday feel.
2. Reinvent the wreath – experiment with hanging holiday wreaths throughout your home (you can even hang them from the ceiling!); grouping wreaths to create a gallery wall; and decorating wreaths with bright pops of color. Wreaths also look great when tied and hung with twine or rope.
3. Bring the outdoors inside with seasonal branches – the natural color of the bare branches are a subtle and beautiful wintery touch, but if you want to make a more dramatic statement, you could also paint the branches, sprinkle them with glitter or fake snow, or wrap them in festive Christmas lights.
4. Create your own wrapping paper for a unique twist – involve the kids and get creative with inexpensive craft paper, markers and finger paint, or create your own wrapping paper with large format prints – we use family photos and the kids’ artwork to create gift paper that everyone loves.
5. Create wintery, snow candles – to make snow tea light candles, fill a mason jar or any vintage jar with Epsom salt, place a tea light in the jar and spray the jar with a little fake snow dusting.
6. Make your table top festive – add a few seasonal touches to your table and bring the holiday spirit into the heart of your home. We like to create our own homemade table runners, festive plates and mugs – it’s easy and inexpensive.
7. Upgrade your napkins with a personal touch – add a festive design or an inspirational holiday message by using iron-on transfer sheets to instantly and inexpensively personalize simple white table napkins.
8. Make your own tree topper – we love the idea of using your family’s initial as a monogrammed tree topper.
9. Move ornaments beyond the tree – we’ve been collecting ornaments for years and we love to make new ones each year (this year we made a bunch with our kids’ photos!). Sadly, most of my favorites get lost on the family tree. This year, we plan on putting them where we can all see and enjoy them – we’ll display them in clear glass vessels, bell jars, deep bowls and hurricane lamps.
10. Make holiday cards a family affair – as a family, we think about our holiday card design all year long. We get the kids involved and try to come up with fun photo and ideas that help us reconnect with loved ones in a creative way. This is our 17th year making holiday cards.
11. Add a personal touch to your gifts – whether it’s an iPhone case for your daughter, a photobook for grandma, or a calendar for mom, you can create personalized gifts with your favorite photos, monograms and more.