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80 Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Joyful Holiday Home By Caroline Picard

The Christmas tree is just the start. Make every room look as festive as possible with these glittering, shiny and jolly ideas.

Reorganize the Bookshelf

 

Wrap books with leftover wrapping paper for pretty spines, or swap in wintry prints and festive figurines.

What you'll need: nesting houses ($17 for 3, target.com), Swedish horses, $45 for 3, worldmarket.com), wrapping paper set ($20 for 6, amazon.com), print ($31 and up, minted.com)

Wrap books with leftover wrapping paper for pretty spines, or swap in wintry prints and festive figurines.What you'll need: nesting houses ($17 for 3, target.com), Swedish horses, $45 for 3, worldmarket.com), wrapping paper set ($20 for 6, amazon.com), print ($31 and up, minted.com)

 

Stack Firewood

Split logs look even homier when they're stored in, well, a house. You'll be waiting for the temperature to drop just so you can build a roaring fire. 

 

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Split logs look even homier when they're stored in, well, a house. You'll be waiting for the temperature to drop just so you can build a roaring fire. 

 

Set a Casual Table

Swap in folded tea towels for placemats and napkins. They work just as well — and they're often cheaper! Colorful tumblers can step in for vases too. 

What you'll need: tea towels ($16 for 4, williams-sonoma.com), bowl ($63, macys.com), striped towels ($10 for 2, target.com)

Swap in folded tea towels for placemats and napkins. They work just as well — and they're often cheaper! Colorful tumblers can step in for vases too. 

What you'll need: tea towels ($16 for 4, williams-sonoma.com), bowl ($63, macys.com), striped towels ($10 for 2, target.com)

 

Draw on Snowflakes

Use a washable-paint markerto add fluttery flakes to a mirror. Festive stockings — attached to a faux garland — and a tassel basket hold plenty of goodies.

What you'll need: paint pen ($9, amazon.com), pine garland ($20, target.com), stockings ($13 each, target.com), basket ($98, crateandbarrel.com)

Use a washable-paint marker to add fluttery flakes to a mirror. Festive stockings — attached to a faux garland — and a tassel basket hold plenty of goodies.

What you'll need: paint pen ($9, amazon.com), pine garland ($20, target.com), stockings ($13 each, target.com), basket ($98, crateandbarrel.com)

 

Paint Your Doormat

Upgrade a plain coir mat with graphic white trees. Even easier, add a few stripes of red paint to a metal pail.

What you'll need: doormat ($10, ikea.com), paint ($4, amazon.com)

Upgrade a plain coir mat with graphic white trees. Even easier, add a few stripes of red paint to a metal pail.

What you'll need:  doormat ($10, ikea.com), paint ($4, amazon.com)

 

Hang Stockings on Cute Holders

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Before you start poking holes in your mantel, consider investing in a set of handy hooks instead. These galvanized houses would form a mini Christmas village when lined up in a row. 

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Before you start poking holes in your mantel, consider investing in a set of handy hooks instead. These galvanized houses would form a mini Christmas village when lined up in a row. 

 

Choose a Charlie Brown Tree

Bigger isn't always better. A tiny tree brings plenty of cheer, and it's easier for kids to decorate. Just maybe put the more fragile ornaments somewhere else ...

What you'll need: wooden ornaments ($16, amazon.com), brass candlesticks ($74 for 2, food52.com)

Bigger isn't always better. A tiny tree brings plenty of cheer, and it's easier for kids to decorate. Just maybe put the more fragile ornaments somewhere else ...

What you'll need: wooden ornaments ($16, amazon.com), brass candlesticks ($74 for 2, food52.com)

Let Ribbons Hang

Line a banister with a fresh pine garland and crimson bowsBetter yet, stir up some paint in a dramatic hue for a merry makeover you'll love even after the holidays.

What you'll need: ribbon 

Line a banister with a fresh pine garland and crimson bows. Better yet, stir up some paint in a dramatic hue for a merry makeover you'll love even after the holidays. 

What you'll need: ribbon ($23, amazon.com)

 

Spruce It Up

Spread cheer throughout the house by placing pine boughs in vases. They'll smell so fresh too!

What you'll need: vase ($25 and up, 

Spread cheer throughout the house by placing pine boughs in vases. They'll smell so fresh too!
What you'll need: vase ($25 and up, worldmarket.com)

 

Flank the Front Door

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Guests won't miss your holiday doormat when it's illuminated by two mini trees. This duo includes plenty of berries and pinecones for added cheer. 

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Guests won't miss your holiday doormat when it's illuminated by two mini trees. This duo includes plenty of berries and pinecones for added cheer. 

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