Create a bit more magic and beauty in your Christmas home with these 10 items. So easy to add to what you have already decorated.
As if you could make Christmas decorations prettier!!! Well, you can! These little embellishments will make your Christmas home look magical! I know because I use them liberally every year! This s a MUST READ Christmas post! Here are 10 things to make Christmas decor more magical…
Oh, these things are like adding sugarplums and pixie dust to your home! You should keep these little additions on hand from season to season and use them over and over in new and creative ways.
This is my number 1 Christmas decor embellishment! My favorite snow looks like shredded white plastic up close but it looks so real and soft when added to the base of a candle or sprinkled down the center of a table. So so pretty! I scoop it up after the holidays and put it in a plastic bag. I’ve used the same faux snow for years!
Pottery Barn carries THE BEST fake snow hands down. That is all I use!
Real cranberries add a very festive feel. If you get them hard and not mushy they will last weeks. I get them at my local grocer’s in the produce section.
Here are a few ways to use them…
- add them to a beautiful glass container with water and floating candles
- put them around a candles
- drop them into a mason jar on top of a bed of faux snow and add greens
- string them along with wooden beads and use as garland
- add them to a glass container to the top and add faux Christmas flowers
- fill a small bowl with cranberries
- simmer them with cinnamon sticks, orange peels, and whole cloves to make your whole home smell delicious
BITS OF GREENS AND BERRIES
I have clear plastic shoeboxes full of bits and pieces of faux greens. Some sparkly, some frosted, some with berries, and some evergreen. But all of them have a realistic look. By adding a tiny sprig of evergreen and a few berries my Christmas creations always look so much better.
My best secret is to find a realistic garland on sale and cut it apart. You will have loads of greens to add to your decor! You can make the very easy tiered bowl above HERE.
VOTIVES AND CANDLES AND FAIRY LIGHTS
A soft warm glow will make anything better!
Be liberal with candlelight especially at Christmas! Use different size candle holders to create a glow all around!
I just painted some cardboard houses white and added gold and silver leaf roofs. Then I put a tiny battery-operated tea light in it and oh, it looks darling! You can see them HERE.
And don’t get me started on fairy lights! Because most are battery operated you can put them almost anywhere! And they give such a sparkly look wherever you put them!
SHINY CHRISTMAS BALLS
These little gems in gold, silver, red, green, or any other shiny color can add lots of sparkle to the base of a topiary, filling a glass container or scattered in the bottom of a vignette.
I collect them when they go on sale and I store them in clear plastic shoeboxes by color.
I also love mercury glass ornaments! They have a beautiful sophisticated, old-world look!
Another add-on to Christmas decor. Use them as chargers under dishes in a tablescape, as a pretty extra on a Christmas gift or fitted around a chunky candlestick.
I also store my tiny wreaths by size and type.
In the image above I’ve mixed faux snow, real ribbon, pinecones, Christmas balls, and a wreath. Five of my magical Christmas elements!
I was decorating last year’s tree with glittery Christmas ornaments which had glittered from head to toe. Glitter may look too glitzy any other time of the year but during Christmas it is enchanting! Use it liberally!
And I carried the same feel to this year’s tree plus a little bit of red!
Forget the cheap gift wrap ribbon and go for the real thing! I use satin, burlap, silk, shiny, matte, and other real ribbons. It is a Christmas luxury!
Here are a few ideas for using real ribbon in Christmas decorating…
- make a big Christmas bow for a wreath. See an easy diy for making a beautiful bow HERE
- hang garland with satin ribbon
- tie up gifts and then save the ribbon and reuse it from year to year.
- use it as a garland in your Christmas tree
- make a Christmas ribbon craft
MONGOLIAN PILLOWS AND THROWS
Like faux snow these pretty, cozy accessories are magical!
Invest in a throw and drape it over a chair, put it in front of your Christmas tree or, cover an ottoman or poof!
Just beautiful and so welcoming! You will want to snuggle right in!
I know I sound like a broken record when it comes to pinecones I’m always ready to sing their versatile praises.
And I tried to leave them off this list, but really they are one of my favorite embellishments.
Right from the woods, scented, frosted, painted, gilded, or even bleached. Pinecones do double duty. They act as a very inexpensive filler and are also a major Christmas decoration!
I keep boxes clear boxes and boxes of them. My recent love is big SUGAR pinecones. Swoon!
And see this post about USING PINECONES IN CHRISTMAS DECOR HERE.
Start collecting these magical elements of Christmas decor and use them to decorate your Christmas house!