The Secret to a No-Fuss Holiday Decor? Use What You Already Have


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Holiday decorating can be as simple as dusting your flower vases, developing a spool of pact and polishing your silver.

Keep your festive ornamental horses! Before you buy a swab of tinsel and piles of glitter lights, take a look at other things you already have – they may be the holiday decor you’ve been looking for.

Hunting through your closets and closets, you can easily reuse common household items into a juliet embellishment for your home. Do you need some inspiration? These project experts share how they style everyday objects into festive flowers.

Dig through the craft cupboard

“Push out the burlap!” It is known that I use a patch for anything from tablecloths to a Christmas tree skirt. It is so versatile and gives an organic rustic atmosphere. “
– Brooke Wagner, Brooke Wagner Design

“Roll brown or black butcher paper on your table as a runner. It somehow elevates everything you set up on it. In addition, you can write your guests ’names on it with a black sign (or a chalk sign for black paper) instead of local cards. “
– Jenn Muirhead, Jennifer Muirhead Interiors

“Paint a wall with slate paint. It’s the perfect theme accent wall that is fun and creative, and it also involves the kids. “
– Melissa Martin Molitor, MMM Designs Interiors

Photo courtesy of Melissa Martin Molitor.

“Tie a ribbon on everything! Insert it through chandeliers or backs. Or put festive printed fabric into picture frames and scatter them throughout the house. “
– Katie Schroder, Workshop Interior Design

Run down the kitchen cupboards

“Put a set of teapots on a nice tray, and fill each cup with a juicy or small flower arrangement. Or create a headpiece by placing candles on a serving tray or cake stand. “
– Gita Jacobson, In The Deets

“Fill a large glass to serve a bowl – or perhaps a punch or a trifle – with any seasonal merchandise. Just use the same to make it look purposeful and beautiful. “
– Jenn Muirhead, Jennifer Muirhead Interiors

“Take an ordinary vase of flowers, and insert glass ornaments inside with a chain of white lights. It’s a beautiful screen simple and creative! ”
– Wendy Berry, W Design Interiors

Search the refrigerator

“Dried fruit garland is still classic and sweet. Take a needle and thread to popcorn, oxycoccus or dried sliced ​​oranges, and string it wherever you want! ”
– Jenn Muirhead, Jennifer Muirhead Interiors

“Cut fresh fruit and put it in a jar before adding flowers for a main ornament. Toss in some bundles and cinnamon sticks for more flavor. For some celebration, use oranges with bundles to place card settings. “
– Christine Estep, Jackson Thomas Interiors

Look through the closet

“Use a vintage plaid throw as a tablecloth or runner. Or decorate a small table tree with jewelry or a ribbon. “
– Katie Schroder, Workshop Interior Design

“Reuse one of your favorite scarves as a comfortable decorative runner.”
– Gita Jacobson, In The Deets

Fodder in the yard

“Instead of placing a star at the top of my Christmas tree, I will take a handful of fallen sticks and tie them together at the top of the tree with a raffia bow. I will also layer pine cones through my tree to balance the glass ornaments for an organic, natural feel.
– Wendy Berry, W Design Interiors

“I collect sticks of cedar branches, along with magnolia, holly, boxwood and pine. I spread them around the bases of containers or arrange them in colorful teapots. It’s an easy way to bring greens without spending too much money. “
– Susan Jamieson, Bridget Beari Designs

“I love adding a garland of fresh vegetables around my dining room chandelier and hanging ornaments from it. The fresh smell mixed with holiday cooking is amazing. “

– Jennifer Stoner, Jennifer Stoner Interiors

Look everywhere!

“Spread out some festive items that don’t necessarily celebrate. For example we will set up some natural discarded horns in the fall or a tuxedo cap around Christmas. I’ll mix some of these kinds of things that are seasonally appropriate, but aren’t necessarily traditional holiday decorations. “
– Thornton Summer, Summer Thornton Design

“Give a corner of your home a holiday touch with just a handful of tailors. We made a sitting area more festive by adding new pillows (they don’t need to have an overt holiday motif – a winter look works just as well), some evergreen cuttings from the yard (with a few sprigs of berries), a stack of wrapped presents, a scarf and a bow for our deer , and a plush bear found in the attic. “
– Chris Stout-Hazard, Roger + Chris

Photo courtesy of Chris Stout-Hazard.

“Collect objects with a similar color scheme. I take out all my white and silver things and group them together – candle holders, vases, pots, ribbon. Then I go to my neighbors ’yards to cut magnolia and holly and take a laurel out of my own backyard. I just keep everything green, white and silver – mixed it works. “
Lesley Glotzl

“Reuse a metal vessel into a vase to display rich greenery or arrangements of holiday objects. A brass champagne cooler, a shiny silver trophy cup or even small copper cups could work perfectly. Add fresh red spices with oxycoccus, pomegranates, deep red apples or even a few red roses. “
– Kerrie Kelly, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Photo courtesy of Kerrie Kelly.
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Originally published in November 2017.


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