Christmas this year seems to have come around faster than ever, and it won’t be long until friends and family start arriving. The holiday season is magical, but it also comes with a lot of organising. If you’ve been preoccupied with present shipping times and Christmas parties, you’re forgiven for pushing festive decorating to the bottom of your to-do list.
If you haven’t already broken out the bauble box from your attic yet, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up 5 last-minute Christmas decoration ideas that can be sorted in no time at all - ideal for your busy schedule ahead of the big day.
1. DIY paper decorations
You don’t have to be a crafting pro to get involved with this decor idea. DIY paper garlands and decorations can be a great, budget-friendly way to elevate your Christmas decor look this year. If you’re big into keeping the season sustainable, consider using wrapping paper offcuts to make your paper decorations. Here are some of the best tutorials we could find:
2. Christmas fruits and spices
If there’s one DIY that’s going to make your house smell amazing, this is it. Get a festive feel with little-to-no effort by using Christmas fruits and spices to make your own potpourri or dried fruit garland. Traditionally, oranges, lemons, and cinnamon sticks are used, but you can dry out a whole host of other decorative fruits. Follow a tutorial to make sure you get your baking times right. Collect what you need on your usual weekly shop for last-minute decor that doesn’t take up tonnes of time.
3. Personalised baubles
Perfect your painting skills by giving personalised ornaments a go. If you’ve got existing baubles that are looking a bit dated, upcycling them is a much more sustainable way of refreshing your Christmas decor repertoire. Create your own design with traditional festive colours of green, red, gold or silver. If you’re feeling like a bolder look this Christmas, consider colourful stripes, spots and Christmas motifs.
4. Natural centrepieces
If you’ve volunteered yourself for Christmas dinner duty, we salute you. There’s a lot to think about, which means dressing the table is often the last thing to be organised. If you’re not keen on dodging last-minute present shoppers this week, skip the queues and create a garland with existing materials. Whether you get into a spot of foraging or trim some sprigs from your Christmas tree, a last-minute garland is quick and easy. All the more time for preparing those winning pigs in blankets you’ve got planned.
5. Last-minute lighting
We’re always talking about lighting and how much of an impact it can have on your overall interior look. At Christmas, it’s no different. Simply adding extra lighting in the form of fairy lights, festoon bulbs or a collection of candles is an instant way to make your space feel more festive. As a general rule, you should always opt for warm-toned lights. Steer clear of any bright white lights to make sure you nail that cosy Christmassy feel.