Christmas is described as the most wonderful time of the year, and it isn't hard to see why. Colorful and brilliant decor fill every home and commercial property, and the aesthetic instantly brings comfort to anyone. The natural elements such as boughs, trees, and wreaths give so much life and a rustic appeal, lending warmth to any place.
That's why when the time comes to put away all the Christmas decor to make way for the new season, it can be depressing for some. The home will suddenly look and feel bland for a while without all the lively decor. But it doesn't always have to be that way.
You can actually make some of your Christmas decor work all year round. Here are some clever ideas and hacks to try:
1. Keep the Greens
First, put away all the decor that literally interprets the holidays such as Nativity displays, Santa Claus and his reindeers, mistletoe, stockings, and the like. If you have greens without all the colorful ribbons, keep them. The plain wreaths can be hung at your doors and windows.
If your style is more rustic and you use grapevine instead of greens, that's also perfect to keep displayed even after the holidays have passed. Use a burlap ribbon to tie around the wreaths. If you want to add a bit of color, go for neutrals.
2. Keep the Metallics
Metallic ornaments, particularly those of mercury glass and silver, will absolutely look good displayed in your home no matter the season. Gather them in a fruit bowl or glass vase, and mix them with other non-Christmas ornaments. Natural decor like wood, seagrass, and twine look best coupled with metallics.
3. Keep the Candles
Candles are super versatile decor items unless the red and green ones are paired together because they obviously scream Christmas. Pick the reds over the greens, and pair them with whites, instead. You may also opt for an all-white candle assortment. Place them in your bedroom to set the mood, and in the living areas to add a bit of elegance.
3. Keep the String Lights
There are tons of DIY decor you can create using string lights. If you have a patio or a deck that you've lit with string lights for the holidays, there would be no need to put them down after the season comes to a close. They will look appropriate regardless of the season, and they can be useful when you want to enjoy an al fresco dinner with your friends or family.
You can also use string lights in your bedroom for some mood lighting. And if you have parties at night, they'd also provide a wonderful and Instagram-worthy glow.
4. Make Your Kids Do Some Winter Art Projects
If you want to keep your little ones occupied, engaging them in arts will help. The Christmas art pieces they used in school to make Christmas greeting cards will work for winter art projects. Gather their Christmas cutouts, beautiful seasonal stamps, and other art materials that they can put together to create amazing artwork.
Explore interesting winter art projects such as starry night sky illustrations, snowflake or snowfall drawings or paintings, and abstract winter arts, to name a few. You can display your kid's artworks so they can proudly showcase it to the rest of your family and guests as well. Kiddie artwork is also a sentimental piece of decor, so don't take it for granted!
With these clever ideas on using your holiday decor all year round, you'd barely feel the post-Christmas blues again. It's more practical, too since you no longer have to buy separate decors for every season.