The Best Ways to Use Christmas Decorations After the Holidays
Christmas decorations after the holidays may be seen as lazy or tacky. However, we have a way to make Christmas after the holidays dapper!
The holiday season is full of family, friends, laughter, cheer, and best of all, decorations! For many, decorations start going up following the tail of that turkey dinner on thanksgiving.
After all, being holly and jolly is what it’s all about! This doesn’t have to be a chore or a task on the honey-do list.
Make decorating a family event! Start by hanging up lights, making custom decorations, then, of course, setting up the tree! Many put a lot of effort into their holiday spirit.
There soon after, come January, and all that hard work gets put away for another year! For most, the season comes and goes all too quickly.
Packing up seems to make the home feel so dull after everything is put away. But what if there was a way to reuse some of your favorite festive décors all year long?
Christmas Decorations After the Holidays
Of course, your Christmas tree will likely not be one of them. Although, we found creative DIY ideas for the branches of an old tree.
One bonus that comes from reusing decorations for not one, but all the seasons is all that storage space you’ll save! Aside from that, why not keep some of that holiday warmth and spirit in the home all year long?
Here are some fun, practical, and creative ideas to reuse your Christmas decorations for every and any occasion.
Same Wreath, Different Season
Take your wreaths for starters; this is one item that is simple to dress-up for any season or occasion.
Change the accessories to match for birthday parties. Another idea is to swap out those pinecones and ribbons for rainbows and unicorns or add flowers for the spring.
With just a bit of creativity, garlands can be a versatile and fun decoration in your home. Even outside, like to give the porch some character.
These can make for beautiful accents, without having to buy new items to jazz up your house. Garland can bring a sense of nature into your bedroom or even as a centerpiece for the table.
Adding some accessories and flameless candles always make for a lovely accent to a family dinner. During the fall, burlap and small berries or leaves and mini pumpkins.
Christmas Ornaments and Displays after the Holidays
Your favorite ornaments belong in your “after holiday” decorations. Find a glass vase or bowl to show them off them instead.
This may also be another way to use that left-over garland. Adding small ornaments or flowers to garland in a cute basket can give your home a calming evergreen vibe.
Use different shapes and sizes; fill empty glass vases or bowls with varying ornaments of color. Doing so can instantly change the look of any table.
Add some other natural items like twine, wood, seagrass, or flowers.
Keep a Neutral Style
Using neutral colors is one of the easiest ways to use your holiday décor. For example, using a black and white ‘buffalo check’ as an accent is something you can undoubtedly reuse after the holidays are over.
Tie some cute neutral burlap bows into a wreath or add some small metallic ornaments to a wicker basket. During the holidays, try using dark blue or neutral reds to decorate instead of red and green.
Many folks like to use blue and silver, or metallics to decorate. Some of the decorations work year-round.
The holidays typically call for comfy accent pillows and blankets. Give them purpose even after the new year by using neutral colors and designs.
Using browns and earthy tones with warm white lights give a rustic home-feel. This is something everyone can appreciate, no matter what the month is.
Lights! Lights! And More Lights!
The holidays always mean lights, of all kinds! String lights, fairy lights, Christmas lights, indoor and outdoor lights; there’s SO much you can do with them.
If you have a backyard, hang lights in a way that you can leave them up year-round.
String or “fairy” lights are becoming quite trendy; they may save on energy as well. Many of these tiny lights come with a solar power option.
If you’ve ever ventured into the world of Pinterest, then you’ll know how many options are out there with these little gems.
You can take small, battery-operated string lights and put them in a mason jar with flowers or marbles and use them as a beautiful porch light.
Some other decorating ideas are using string lights as a curtain in the window, or wrapping them around a mirror makes for an excellent addition to any room in the house.
Take nice size twigs from outside and wrap them in string lights, add them to a larger pot for a beautiful rustic look.
Christmas Centerpiece Decorations After the Holidays
Let’s face it; a beautiful centerpiece always draws the attention of your guests right to it. Not to mention adding that festive vibe to your home space.
Putting that small hint of beauty right on your dining room or kitchen table all season long, makes a house feel more like home.
Now, creating a centerpiece doesn’t need to be difficult; many times, using things you already have lying around work just fine.
Christmas Card Holders or Memo Boards
Using chalkboard memo boards to hold up cards can work throughout the seasons. Writing different sayings for the appropriate holiday and switching them out when the time comes. Additionally, they work as a simple way to hang up birthday or anniversary cards.
During the school year, use this for displaying your child’s school achievement awards or artwork. Using wire designs or neutral picture frames can be unique with each season or holiday.
Add little snowflakes, flowers, or mini pumpkins using twine or fishing wire to attach them.
Candles – Flameless or Not Make Great Post-Holiday Decorations
Using candles, even the flameless kind, can warm up your home-space even after the holidays. Don’t put away all your festive light-up candles or even the type that gives the house the warm smell of apple pie that everyone loves just yet – we have some ideas.
Think about all the other uses for them. Take away the holly and add some flowers for the rest of the winter.
During the spring, add some faux speckled eggs or put flameless candles in the middle of a mock bird’s nest and moss.
Likewise, use the warm smell of fresh cinnamon and apples from the end of summer through the holiday season. Even without lighting candles, decorating them, and placing them around the house can give it personality, with minimal effort.
Mason Jars and Old Wine Bottles
Thinking about it, the uses for mason jars and even old wine bottles are virtually endless. Unfortunately, most of us don’t even think about half of them, so we throw them away.
Before tossing them in the recycling bin, consider how to reuse them in your home. These items make for great non-Christmas decorations after the holidays.
Combine the idea of using string lights and floral arrangements in mason jars. Using roses and baby’s breath during February, tulips, and daisies in the spring, sunflowers in the summer, the possibilities are forever.
Use hot glue and thick rope-like twine to cover old bottles, then use them as a vase. Take off the Christmas ribbon and use something neutral to tie around a jar.
Fill the jar with stones or gravel and use it next to the old wine bottle idea.
Empty wine bottles can be easily repurposed. Once empty, send them through a dishwashing cycle, and paint them with a sweet glass frosting.
Then, you can stick string lights inside of them for a lovely night light. Even using a glittery spray can make for a fun summertime decoration on the porch.
Get the Most Out of Your Christmas Decorations by Using them After the Holidays
The time and effort we take into making our homes holiday-ready should last for longer than a month or two. Why not reuse some of these decorations and enjoy them all year.
After-all this could potentially save money while making the holiday season easier. Not to mention the possible space that it can save.
Besides, who wants to spend all that time and money to clutter up the only storage space in your home. Use some decorations year-round and get the most use out of them.
A festive, well-decorated space makes for a welcoming environment during the holidays, why not experience that all year? If you want to decorate before Thanksgiving, you’re not alone.
Just make sure you get the best Thanksgiving appetizers, you know the ones better than a juicy turkey! Then, nobody may notice your Christmas tree is up early.