Christmas decor is a great way to help bring magic into the home. Here are 10 top tips, from interior designer Christie Blizzard, to decorate the family home with Christmas cheer - the children will love them!
Christmas is a time to celebrate with food, family and most importantly, decorations! Festive decor during the holiday season helps create a beautiful space and precious memories for children.
Here are 10 ways to involve the children and decorate the family home with Christmas cheer.
Gingerbread men are always a delicious tradition. By flipping them upside down, you will have a perfectly shaped-reindeer to decorate. Arrange the ginger-reindeers on a cinnamon-seasoned plate and wrap in cellophane for an affordable gift made with love.
2. Ornamental Wreath
Hanging up a Christmas wreath every year brings out a neighbourly Christmas spirit. Buy a foam ring from your local craft store and use a hot glue gun to place all the discarded baubles from last year and there you have it: an eye-catching Christmas statement piece like no other! Substitute baubles for pinecones, twigs, vines or other fantastic organic pieces to match the Christmas style of your home.
3. Introduce Magic
Add difference to your little ones rooms by trying something new to expose children to the world of magical play. ‘Lil Fairy Doors are tiny doors that can be fixed to your walls or doors and invite fairies into your home. Dress the doors in festive decorations including Christmas wreaths, Santa boots, snow-covered footprints and mittens. Add further bling with LED fairy lights that you can (safely) wrap a bedhead in or hang on the wall.
4. Simple Styling
Why not consider replacing the Christmas tree with super-styled twigs, or spray painting a branch in a citrus shade.
5. Christmas Wrapping
For a timeless, refined look, decorate gifts in matching paper and ribbon. Think red on red, black on black, or silver on silver. For a minimalist and stylish feel, children can design their own wrapping paper using white chalk pens on black paper. Now, that's chic!
6. Signature Christmas Decorations
Fill up a mason jar with water, float cherries and a candle. Crystal decanters can be sourced from second-hand stores and splash some old-world festive charm to your home. Don’t stop there though, spray-paint the inside of the jars in red, green and silver!
7. Playdough Delight
The children can get crafty making DIY Playdough Christmas ornaments. Not bad for a play-filled day, right? All you need is a handful of ingredients and food colouring, glitter and decorations. After the dough is ready to go, set the little ones loose with festive Christmas cookie cutters and plenty of glitter.
8. Light the Night
LED fairy lights are a sweet way to add a little Christmas spirit to a child’s room. Simply take a jar and paint the outside surface sky blue (thin coat only), get a sharpie and draw a Christmas nightscape on the bottom half of the jar and put a candle inside. The kids will love these and they are a great talking point.
9. Get your Neon On
Gone are the days of red and green. This season is about taking a risk with your décor. Give your tree, vases, table centre and wreath a colour pop with a little neon, that will look electric and create a colourful talking point.
10. Make a Statement
Use big bold accessories, big chunky napkin rings on simple linen napkins, or a large centrepiece for the table. If you don't have space to put up all your Christmas cards, get a big bowl and throw them all in it!