It’s Christmas Time: Last-Minute Decorating Tips

A few more days and it is finally Christmas. This call for a few last minute check to be able to make sure that you are not missing anything this year and to ensure that Christmas 2015 would be a spectacular one for you and your family. Not yet done with decorating? Here are some quick and easy ways to catch up with the holidays to make your home celebration ready for these coming festivities.

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Old bits of wrapping paper need not be dumped immediately in the trash can. Kids can cut them down into bits (with your supervision) and sprinkle it across the mantle and tables for the festive look. You can even save them in a box and have them sprinkle around the porch and indoors come Christmas dinner time. You can even use punches in different shapes to create unique confetti for your celebration.

Wire edged ribbons in gold and silver

Gold and silver are festive colors for Christmas that can also last up to the New Year. You can tie fancy bows onto your chairs, windows and even around the plants inside your home as decorations. The mantels and doorways are also areas that you should not forget to decorate during the holidays.

Ginger bread house

Use graham crackers, some frosting, candies and cookies to create your own version of a ginger bread house. You can have this as one of your center pieces in your dining table for Christmas dinner. You can even try to make a replica of your own home out of graham crackers. If you fail to do so, the memory in trying to create something fun and delicious for Christmas is worth the memories.

Decorate with felt

Cut out Christmas symbols out of paper or felt and hang it on gold or silver thread. You can hang it on the curtain rods, lamps, doorways and even outside your porch. You can have paper snowflakes and hang them in groups by your window to look like it is snowing indoors. There are many templates available online to choose from if you are not confident with your drawing skills.

Stamp holiday cheers onto your windows

You can stamp holiday symbols on your windows. You can also stick a few ornaments to make your windows standout this holiday season. You can easily remove them later with dish washing or liquid soap. Christmas stockings, Christmas greetings and snowflakes would look great on your windows. Use a non-abrasive pad when cleaning them up to prevent from scratching your windows.

Have a blast without having to hurt your budget as you decorate your homes this season with the budget-friendly decorating tips above.

Gift Wrapping Made Easy

The holidays are really approaching very fast and you may have already finished all your holiday shopping by now. With that in mind, it is definitely time to start wrapping up all those pretty presents! Gift wrapping offers a lot of fun, especially with the kids involved. For some, it may be a daunting and intimidating Christmas chore, especially if you have a lot of gifts to wrap and with little time in your hands. This year, make your Christmas wrapping activity a fun and creative one with this easy gift wrapping tips.

Pick a theme for your wrapping paper

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To make your wrapping session a fun one, stick with a theme that you enjoy. Do you like the color red and green to stand out under your Christmas tree? Buy gift wrappers in shade of red and green for your gifts. You can even use them to assign codes for your gifts. Red are for girls and green are for boys. The quality of the gift wrapper that you are about to use should also be a factor. You do not want several torn up papers wasted and thrown on the trash can right? A thicker wrapping paper will prevent less ripping and damages especially for wrapping gifts that comes in strange sizes and shapes.

Make use of the items boxes

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It is easier to wrap gifts and boxes. Most items, bought in the store usually come with a box. Ask the sales lady if the items that you bought have boxes. Items like clothing can be lumpy and unstable to work on when it comes to gift wrapping. The same is true with items that come in different shapes. A box will definitely make it easier for you when it’s time for wrapping these items.

Go green with recycling

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You can use the gift wrappers that you have saved from last year’s gift wrapping session as well as the ones that came from the gifts that you receive. You can also purchase cheaper gift wrapping alternatives like recycled kraft papers. There are many ways to dress up your gifts even with inexpensive gift wrappers. You can add a ribbon or twine a piece of twig to accessorize your presents. A pinecone looks great on gift boxes too instead of the usual styled ribbons.

Do not forget to remove the price tags

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It never hurts to double check of you have already removed the price tag of your gift. It may send a wrong impression or a comedic experience if your gift receiver happens to see the price tag still attached onto her gift. It would be better to use scissors in removing tags instead of pulling them off. You can also use a black marker to cover the price instead of peeling the sticker out.

Tag as you wrap

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It would be better to attach the gift tag onto your gifts as soon as you finish wrapping. You do not want to end up guessing what’s inside a box that you have wrapped earlier. Have a gift list as well. Cross out the names or items that you are already done with to be able to double check which items are already done and which are not.

Simply follow the tips to make your gift wrapping activity a hassle and stress-free experience this 2015.