Monika Hibbs tends to make practically everything look easy, and her latest creative story for us is no different! Take a peek below at Monika’s tips for simplifying last-minute DIY holiday décor and gift wrapping.
The week of Christmas is here, and there is still so much to get done! Even though I love to decorate weeks before Christmas, I find myself doing all of the finishing decorative touches and organizing the week of! I like when everything looks fresh and put together—all perfectly ready for Christmas.
Decorating your home can take days, or even a week or two to complete! Don’t stress that you haven’t gotten it all put together. I’m going to help you with a few quick tips to make your Christmas and holiday décor more than ready for all the festivities that are just days away. Remember to stay true to your style and have fun with it. You want your holiday décor to complement your aesthetic and personal style. Here are a few quick tips to make that happen.
1. Hang Wreaths in Unexpected Places.
I adore a great statement wreath! If you’re thinking of making or purchasing a real wreath, it might be best to wait until the week of Christmas, so it’s fresh and not dried out when your guests arrive. Traditionally, people usually only have one hung on the front door. But why not incorporate a wreath in other areas of your space, too? Hang one somewhere in your kitchen, off an extra door (either inside or out), or you could even try centering them in your windows. I also love the idea of hanging wreaths on the backs of chairs. This brings an extra bit of Christmas décor into your home without over-cluttering the look. In fact, it’s quite the opposite—this idea brings a sense of cohesion to your Christmas décor.
2. Don’t Forget Garland.
There is not a Christmas when I don’t hang garland from our banister and mantel! Again, you may want to wait until the week of Christmas to hang fresh cedar boughs down your own banister—that way they don’t look dry by Dec. 25. But don’t limit yourself to thinking you can’t hang garland elsewhere. Try pinning them around a mirror, door frame or even use them to frame a festive gallery wall. I love fresh garland, but artificial can be just as pretty!
3. Coordinate Your Gift Wrapping.
The way you wrap your gifts is most definitely part of your Christmas décor. I love to incorporate my chosen color scheme with velvet or silk ribbons, wrapping paper and personalized name cards. This concept takes a little more planning, but it’s thoughtfully beautiful, to say the least, and it makes me so happy to walk by all the gifts beautifully decorated under the tree!
4. Documenting Sentiment Through Your Décor.
One of my favorite traditions is to buy a decorative house to add to our collection every year. I write a significant moment that happened that year on the bottom of every house. I love how sentimental each house becomes, and it’s so fun to read each one every year when I unpack them to decorate. Christmas décor is filled with ways to tie in your achievements and goals accomplished!
5. Remixing Your Stockings.
Stockings aren’t typically switched out year to year, but one new thing you can easily incorporate is a gorgeous oversized bow to match! Adding monogramed letters to each stocking also gives them a personalized touch and lovely character, too.
6. Gingerbread Houses.
I love a classic gingerbread house displayed in the kitchen. There is something so timeless about its look! It’s a must-have for every kitchen during the holidays. Click here to see how the Glitter Guide team personalized this traditional holiday accent! Or, if you don’t have time to make your own, just pop into your local bakery—it might have just what you’re looking for pre-made!