By Lorraine Allen
One of my kid’s favorite parts of the holidays is decorating the house. Not that we have a ton of decorations to put up – we have some ornaments for the tree, but that’s it. But with a little creativity, anyone can manage to make a space look festive, bright, and decked out with holiday cheer. Here’s how:
Popcorn and Cranberry Garland
Cook up some popcorn and thread it onto lengths of string to make garlands. Alternate with cranberries for extra festive color. If you want to add some shimmer, sprinkle on silver or gold glitter. Just a little goes a long way! Then hang multiple strings of different lengths. You can even make a popcorn wreath with a round wire base, too.
Using colored paper, cut out snowflakes. You can try this with aluminum foil, too, using smaller scissors. It’s more delicate, but the silver shapes look great. Tape the snowflakes to windows or the front door, or use to decorate a table.
Light some candles. Whether you use the real ones (making sure they are out of kids’ reach, for safety) or the electric kind, you’ll get that warm, wonderful holiday glow instantly. Put them in front of a mirror or on a windowsill for dramatic effect. And, hey, it’s the holidays, so go ahead and pick some festive hues you wouldn’t usually buy, like bright primary colors, or glittery silver or gold.
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Pick up some pinecones on your next walk and use them to fill a bowl or glass vase. While you’re at it, if you find any evergreen sprigs or holly, bring some of that inside and add it to the vase, too. Instant centerpiece! (If you can’t find any of these – or enough to fill a bowl or vase – add some ornaments, whole nuts in the shell, and candy canes, and you’re all set.)
Using construction or brown craft paper, have kids cut out large block letters that spell words like BEST WISHES, JOY, PEACE, CHEERS or HAPPY NEW YEAR. You can hang them on the wall, from a mantle, or over a mirror. Kids can decorate the letters with glitter or patterns to make them look even more festive.
Ribbon Napkin Rings
Tie dinner napkins and place settings with pretty ribbon. It only takes a minute, but it adds that extra special touch to any table.
Get a small evergreen plant or a potted herb, like rosemary, and cover the outside of the pot with burlap and a ribbon, aluminum foil, or a piece or wrapping paper. (Just be sure not to wrap the bottom, because the plant still needs to be watered, and that water will drain out.) Place the plant on a small plate or dish in a window or somewhere it will get plenty of light.
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Ball of Lights
Wrap a ball, like a soccer ball or basketball, in paper or aluminum foil, and then again with a string of holiday lights that you can plug in and set in a darker corner that you want to brighten, or by your front door, or even try to hang, if you have a handy hook.
How do you decorate for the holidays?
Lorraine Allen is a writer and mom to one spunky first grader and one squirrel-obsessed dog. You can follow their allergy-friendly cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.