Holiday decorating often begins with trimming the tree. Haul out the ornaments, hang the Christmas lights, and top the tree with a shiny star. Whether you choose homemade ornaments or sophisticated adornments to embellish your tree, this holiday decoration will be a cheery focal point for friends and family to gather at during the holidays. Once you’ve trimmed the tree, you can begin adding holiday accents to tables, mantels, and walls. Homemade decorations are the perfect way to add a personal touch to the decorating, and the best part is you don’t have to spend a lot to make your home a winter wonderland.

Create the perfect centerpiece by gathering an assortment of pillar candles and then embellishing them with ribbons and glitter. You can transform a candle by coating it with glitter. Apply adhesive spray to the length of the candle, and then roll the candle in red, green or gold glitter. You can also embellish a pillar candle with peppermint sticks or cinnamon sticks. Use ribbons sparingly; it is not necessary to tie a ribbon around each candle. Once you are satisfied with your candles, place them on the glass platter. Lay the newly made holiday decoration on a table runner for a distinctive look.

Walls will look jolly with framed vintage Christmas pictures. You can find vintage Christmas pictures online or on Christmas cards. If you prefer, you could frame pictures of past Christmases. Hang the pictures in the shape of a Christmas tree by placing one frame at the top, two on the next row, and so on. A “Happy Holidays” sign can be made with a wood board, some paint, and vinyl lettering. After your board is painted, buff the edges of your sign with sandpaper for a shabby chic look. When your sign is complete, hang it below the pictures. Your friends and family are sure to be impressed with this merry display.

No Christmas countdown is complete without an Advent calendar. For a unique Advent calendar, try this: Find a large frame, and string five rows of ribbon across the frame evenly. Gather and then paint 25 clothespins. Adorn each painted clothespin with a button or ribbon. Next you will need 25 envelopes of various shapes, sizes and colors. Label each envelope from one to twenty-five, and then place a story or activity in each envelope. Pin the envelopes to the ribbon on your frame with the clothespins. Place five envelopes per line, and space them evenly. Your family will look forward to opening an envelope each day; this holiday decoration is a guaranteed favorite.

For a tasty holiday decoration, bake some gingerbread men or make a gingerbread house. Decorate them with colorful candies. You can display these, but don’t be surprised if they disappear. However you choose to decorate, remember that decking the halls is a holiday tradition that doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. In fact, decking the halls can be a fun, family affair you look forward to each year. Festive wreaths, colorful centerpieces, and homemade confections are things that can be easily made and enjoyed throughout the season. Keep in mind that a holiday decoration makes a great gift for family and friends. As you make decorations for your home, make a few extra for loved ones.

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