Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds
Christmas decorations come in all shapes and sizes from clichéd classics to elegant displays. Whether you're looking for lavish table ornaments or a few budget-friendly ornaments, you're sure to find the fairy lights, baubles or wreaths to suit your tastes. Read on to find the perfect indoor Christmas decorations.
- Fairy lights
- Christmas tree
Budget-friendly Christmas decorations
The very best decorations are the ones that really harness the magic of Christmas. Think festive colours like red, gold and pine green, and find inspiration from cosy firesides and beautifully wrapped gifts!
On the menu: cute statues, twinkling lights and gilded ornaments. Traditional decorations go down well with the whole family so now is the time to go all out with sparkling fairy lights, glittery baubles, and a nice Santa statue here and there. If you're hoping to do things on a budget, why not rustle up some homemade decorations that your kids can get on board with? Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling:
- make a Christmas tree out of driftwood or branches;
- hand-paint origami stars in festive colours to hang around the tree;
- repurpose red stockings by filling them with sweets and pinning them up around the fireplace;
- cut out paper snowflake decorations to hang in windows;
- spray-paint pine cones to hang on the tree or use as ornaments;
- craft your own wreath to hang on the door;
- wrap little ribbon-tied 'presents' to hang from the tree;
- make your own nativity scene out of cardboard, wood or other natural materials.
With just a little imagination, making your own homemade Christmas decorations is a great excuse to put your creative skills to use and add a personal touch the festive season.
Making your tree look beautiful
Of course, most households use the tree as a centrepiece to their Christmas decorations. Whether you go for a real Nordmann fir or an artificial model, you're sure to find that a Christmas tree changes your whole space as soon as you switch on the lights. If you're looking to keep the festive season eco-friendly, go for a potted tree to enjoy year after year! If you replanted your last Christmas tree, you'll have the fun of digging it up again. This can be a great way to make your own traditions and teach your kids a bit about saving the planet!
Top 5 Christmas decorations for your tree
- Baubles: choose between glass, plastic, fabric or hand-painted polystyrene!
- Christmas statues like angels, Santa figures or wintery animals like reindeer, penguins and polar bears.
- Beaded garlands for endless sparkling reflections.
- Fairy lights: go for LED lights which are smaller and lighter than incandescent bulbs.
- A decorative tree skirt or mat for the base of the tree; choose between artificial snow and red and gold velour!
And if you're looking for something a bit special, why not get a little music box to accompany your light display?
String lights and fairy lights
Christmas wall and window decor
Don't forget to decorate your walls! Why not put up a rail or some hooks to hang some little trinkets to match your colour scheme?
When it comes to windows, you've got loads of options, including:
- snowflakes stencilled on in snow spray;
- hanging ornaments from the frame;
- Christmas window film designs;
- neatly lined up Christmas cards.
Getting your table Christmas-ready
A central feature of the Christmas Day festivities, your dining table deserves some special attention, too! With all your best crockery out, you'll need some beautiful mats and cutlery to match.
Here are a few ideas to create a stunning Christmas spread for your guests:
- place some flowers interspersed with gold or silver-painted twigs at the centre of the table;
- sprinkle some gold-painted pine cones around the table;
- invest in some Christmassy candlesticks shaped like stars or snowflakes.
- use gold, red or silver place mats to set off the rest of your decor;
- go all out with a beaded, glittery or star-printed table runner;
- choose some Christmas-themed napkin rings decorated with little stars or holly;
- make your own place names to make everybody feel extra special.
The most important thing to remember when arranging your Christmas decorations is to choose a theme and a few key colours, and to stick to them. Remember that you've still got your outdoor areas to play with!
Looking for more ideas to get your home and garden in the Christmas spirit? Check out our other guides for more inspiration.
Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds, 122 guides
With a handyman-father, I grew up with the soft sound of the sander and hammer on weekends. I am both manual and cerebral (yes, it is possible.), I learned the basics of DIY and the customization of furniture because I was passionate. The salvage mentality is a true way of life that allowed me to know how to use all the tools and products needed to give something a second life, from sander to varnish. I have two favorite activities: the transformation of old furniture and decoration tips. I am always ready to lend a helping hand to revamp a table or to restore a mirror that was intended for the trash that will become a friend’s centerpiece. I’m convinced that it’s possible to reinvent an interior by small, regular modifications, I constantly research low-cost, test ideas.