How long do you leave your decorations up after the holidays wrap up?
For many households, the social stigma of being one of those people (the ones who leave their tree and all the trimmings up long past Christmas) creates pressure to take things down as soon as the new year begins. Sometimes it can feel like you're pulling stuff down almost as soon as you get it put up.
With just a little bit of editing and some simple DIY, however, you can get more out of the time and money spent on decor by upcycling Christmas decorations to bring a bit of festivity into your home during the otherwise dreary winter months.
Avoid overly-literal items. You might be able to get away with a plush snowman or reindeer statuette. But be sure to pack up your Santas and nativity scenes if you want house guests to understand your decor is intentional and innovative, not inattentive and indifferent. Similarly, separate red and green items. Most minds automatically connect this color scheme with Christmas.
Ornaments are one of the easiest items to transition into year-round use. Select those with the most sparkle and shine to add an eye-catching element to tabletops, mantles and other central surfaces.
Why not add a little sparkle to your home throughout the year? Strands of Christmas lights are another item that's easy to use in everyday decor. Choose single-colored strands for the most elegant effect.
Have a real tree to get rid of? Before dragging it out to the curb, cut off its fullest branches to fashion into a lush decoration for your front door. You'll get more out of your tree purchase and score a free wreath. Soak branches in water overnight to help preserve their freshness and make them easier to manipulate. Then, use floral wire to attach the branches to a metal wreath form. You can get a full tutorial here.
Once you've made your wreath form, it's time to decorate. Embrace seasonal staples to dress up your creation without it coming off too Christmas-y. Check out this wreath for inspiration.