Christmas decorations are a delightful opportunity to turn even the most minimal home into a bountiful, winter wonderland. Christmas decoration ideas can also be a chance to break with your decorating norm; if you’re a staunch minimalist, you may want your home glittering to rafters with Christmas baubles, Christmas tree ornaments and Christmas floral arrangements. But if you still want your Christmas home décor to have a slightly unique twist rather than be a traditional Christmas cracker, then have a look at our ideas for making Christmas quirky and cool.
Christmas colour themes don’t need to follow the usual red, white and green pattern of Christmas past. Decorating at Christmas can be a reflection of the decorating style and personal beliefs you live by year-round. These muted shades of gold and red still feel festive, without being obvious. If you want ideas on how to decorate for a sustainable Christmas, apply the same rules when purchasing. Consider using ethical Christmas decorations produced sustainably or with low environmental impact, such as felt and paper Christmas decorations. The best thing about Christmas tree ornaments is that they tend to be passed down through generations and kept for years, the ultimate in the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ environmental mantra. If you are considering adding Christmas baubles, look at Christmas ornament crafts, such as woven straw stars or these oversized Christmas decoration paper pom poms that will not only look great, but pack away flat, making storage until next year easier.
A little indulgence is part of the festive season. Christmas table decorations that invite guests to partake, whilst adding some sparkle, make a great edible tableau. Add some Scandinavian Christmas decoration inspiration with some flickering candles that also add a little height to the display. This tree-shaped display can be replenished with satsumas, bonbons or Christmassy cookies: edibles must be the most green Christmas ornaments possible and also offer a chance to keep school-age children busy baking in the holidays when term breaks up. If a naked flame concerns you, cool Christmas decorations in the form of fairy lights captured in a globe, bowl or under a cloche will create a gentle, pet and child safe friendly glow.
If you’re trying to cut back unnecessary decorations, then Christmas wrapping paper in golds or silver can create a wonderful focal point that catches the twinkly light until the magical day arrives. Homemade Christmas gifts are ideal for adding festive flair but, nicely decorated, also add some glitter that leaves when the guests do. Choose two or three types of paper that either contrast brightly or tastefully coordinate to maximise the effect.
What’s better than a present? A present with a little added extra. This fun reindeer antler headband will encourage some jolly playful vibes around the table, choosing a character for each guest (Santa beards optional). For a lovely, eco-conscious handmade Christmas wrapping paper idea, use brown or printed newspaper with a bright ribbon or red string; also giving a classic Nordic Christmas feel. Add a personalised Christmas bauble for a name tag, you can buy them clear and empty ready to put in a family photo or name tag with a spring of holly or tinsel. Once gifts are given, it can become a personalised Christmas decoration that goes on the tree, and prompts happy memories of Christmas past. These are the very easy Christmas decorations to make, and given you’ll want to use them every year they make green Christmas ornaments that everyone can feel good about.
If you liked our ideas for a cool Christmas, take a look at our ideas for creating your own Crafty Christmas.