Christmas is in theory supposed to be about quality family time. But the truth of the matter is, it can be a hectic period made all the more stressful if you find yourself hosting the get together.
So in anticipation of the hustle and bustle that is the silly season, we’ve listed some simple DIY ideas that might get your home ‘Christmas ready’.
You don’t have to re-create the entire nativity scene in life size and illuminated so they’re visible two suburbs down. Fairy lights in trees and along posts/ awnings etc. can be a charming way to get your home into the festive mood without going to too much trouble (or blowing the energy budget). These can be so lovely and effective that you might just want to keep them once Santa’s long gone for another year… Another terrific option would be to have a beautiful new pendant over the Christmas dinner table. You could have something simplistic and modern so as not to distract from the dinner table or, something more elaborate and sophisticated.
You want your home to imbue the Christmas spirit, but you don’t want to deal with the after-effects of random pine spindles and bugs running rampant in the house? There are so many great ideas to get the tree look happening this Christmas. Invariably Christmas cards start arriving mid to late November, and indeed you might actually keep them from previous years? Gather your Christmas themed cards and mementos and create a temporary tree shape on a wall. It takes up no physical space, leaves no mess, but is still plenty of fun for the kids to create. Even better, do you have off cuts of decking, or an old timber pallette lying around? Perfect, with a bit of creativity you can have a fun and unique tree in no time!
We can never have too much storage. Yet in the lead up to and during Christmas, we can really never ever ever have too much of it! If you anticipate crowds over the silly season, then finding enough space to house them all might be top of your priority list. What can be moved under the house? What can be relocated to the garage, or stored up in the attic? Would a series of big, smart boxes or tubs help your storage solutions without creating eye sores? Or, would something more permanent be preferable?
Same great storage solution options include:
We may live in the southern hemisphere. It may very well be stinking hot on the 25th. But what is Christmas without a good snowflake motif or several? Consider snowflake decals on your windows, or edge them in temporary snow ‘frosting’ to give your home a bit of an old-world Christmas feel.
If you’ve got a dormant chimney and a cheeky sense of humour, you might consider stuffing some red trousers and putting them in black boots, then placing the piece of artwork upside down in your chimney. Fun antics like this (don’t forget to consider all the necessary safety procedures when assembling) can help get the whole neighbourhood into the spirit of things.
We hope you find these Christmas tips handy – let the Advent Calendar Countdown begin!