Save money and reduce storage needs when you make your year-round décor work harder. Here’s 27 ways to turn your everyday décor Christmassy!
Much as we adore the Christmas décor in the shops, sometimes we just want to make use of our everyday home décor when it comes time to decorate for the holidays. Whether it’s to save money on decorations, avoid more items to store in the off-season, or simply to make the most of what we’ve already got, there’s lots of reasons to turn our year-round décor Christmassy.
We’ve got heaps of easy, cheap (often free!) ways to sprinkle a little festive over the items already adorning your sideboards and walls.
The Golden Rule
A lot of these ideas are so simple you’ll wonder why you aren’t doing them already! You may already be incorporating a few without realising too. But all have one golden rule in common.
Whenever you’re thinking how to repurpose your everyday décor for Christmas, think beyond the obvious. Don’t just think about the normal ways in which that product is used.
e.g. placemats can look fabulous as wall art, mirrors make brilliant sparkly trays, cookie cutters are cute ornaments, and glasses & small jugs are perfect mini vases for sprigs of foliage.
27 Ways To Turn Everyday Home Décor Christmassy
1. Refill Your Photo Frames
Replace or temporarily cover photos in frames with Christmas wrapping paper or family Christmas photos. Or find Christmas decals online to print out at home and add yourself.
2. Wrap Your Cushions
Wrap cushions in old Christmas jumpers for an instant Christmas cushion. No sewing required – check out our hack that was shared by Channel 5!
Or use small throws and oversized scarves to turn your cushions into presents!
3. Add Fairy Lights
Adding fairy lights to anything makes it look festive so sprinkle liberally throughout your home.
4. Layer Fabrics
Make full use of any throws, blankets or scarves that complement your Christmas décor colours. Drape over chairs, on the edge of sofas, bottom of beds, etc. Layers of cosy fabric are bound to have people thinking about the cosiest time of year.
5. Display Foraged Branches
Fill vases, jugs and even simple glasses with foraged bare branches and hang a few Christmas decorations to complete the look.
6. Fill Plant Pots Too
Use the same bare branch technique on a larger scale outside with a plant pot or metal container. Immediate festive impact, perfect for the front door.
7. Group Candles
Gathering candles together on a tray makes a pretty cosy display. Add a festive decoration or sprig of foliage to complete the effect.
8. DIY Shiny Trays
For maximum festive sparkle, make your own reflective trays and double the twinkle! Wrap regular trays in silver foil or use mirrors as trays on which to gather shiny trinkets, with fairy lights and candles.
9. Repurpose Old Jars
Repurpose old jars as sideboard or tablescape décor with an Epsom salt snow-effect and small decorations inside. Or even just fill them with fairy lights.
10. Display Your Christmas Mugs
Set up a hot chocolate station and let your Christmas mugs act as the décor in the kitchen!
11. Make Use Of Curtain Rails
Create a stunning window display by hanging baubles from ribbons with different drop lengths along the curtain rail of curtains you don’t need to close.
12. Repurpose Cookie Cutters
Once the baking is complete, add ribbon to your Christmas cookie cutters and use them as ornaments.
13. Fill Bowls With Baubles
Add spare baubles to bowls, vases, and other vessels around your home to add a sprinkle of Christmas.
14. Add A Simple Swag
Make a simple swag with foraged foliage, baubles and ribbon and hang from a cupboard handle, on a mirror, back of a chair, bed post, etc.
15. DIY A Table Runner
Run a roll of good quality Christmas wrapping paper down the centre of your table for an instant festive table runner effect.
16. Add Presents!
Get your wrapped presents out on display as soon as possible! Don’t want to risk the real things getting damaged? Wrap a few fake gifts instead.
17. Add Paper Decorations
Hang paper fans and snowflakes from pictures on the wall.
18. Cover Your Furniture
If you have spare bedsheets that match your festive palette, give your footstool or sofa a temporary new cover by neatly covering it.
19. Decorate Your Candle Holders
Give your candle holders a festive makeover. Spray them with snow spray or wrap them in cinnamon sticks and finish with a pretty ribbon.
20. Upcycle Old Books
Wrap old books in white paper and add festive messages to the spine before tying a bundle together with festive ribbon to add to the sideboard.
21. Stack Your Books As A Tree
Or stack some books as a Christmas tree with fairy light detail! You could even make them into a book advent calendar.
22. Make Use Of Christmas Cards Received
Keep particularly beautiful Christmas cards to display as wall art in years to come. Hang from ribbon in a Christmas tree shape, frame them or simply stick them to the wall with command strips.
23. Light A Fire
It sounds obvious but anything that says cosy warmth speaks to Christmas. So don’t forget to light that fire and burn those candles.
24. Make Use Of Seasonal Fruit
Add oranges, pomegranates and other seasonal fruits and nuts to baskets, bowls and vases. Oranges can be used fresh or dried with pinecones.
25. Show Off The Sweet Treats
Perfectly on trend for this year, get those sweet treats on display!
Fill old fashioned jars and pretty glasses with festive goodies such as peppermint swirls and gold coins. Line small bowls with candy canes.
26. Festive-fy Your House Plants
Give your house plants the festive treatment with a few Christmas ornaments hung from them leaves or branches. You could even add a gonk or mushroom to the pot too.
27. Play To All The Senses
It’s not just about visuals. Add a festive scent with a candle, room scent, or stovetop potpourri and some Christmas music and it won’t matter what’s on display, the festive feels will be in full swing!
Hope you’ve found these simple ideas for turning year-round décor Christmassy useful. What other ways do you transform your everyday household displays?
If you’re in the market for more festive inspiration, do check out our guide to the latest Christmas trends.