Our 25 Favorite Ways to Deck the Halls

Christmas decorating ideas are our gift to you this season! Check out these festive holiday decorations that are sure to get everyone into the spirit.

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April 16, 2015
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All That Glitters

Glam it up this holiday season with glitter and gold. Create your own holiday mantel banner and pair with gold-dipped table accents and a pop of pink for a contemporary twist to Christmas decor. Get the how-tos >>

Mercury Magic

Expecting guests? Use assorted glass jars to give your front porch banister a festive glow. For an opaque, frosty look, add a mercury-glass effect by first misting the jars' interiors with water then immediately spraying on looking-glass paint. Get the how-to >>

Holiday Movie Night Decor

For movie buffs, nothing beats watching holiday favorites amidst friends and the comforts of home. A festive and glam private screening with cinema-style snacks is sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Get the how-tos >>

Feminine Garland

When white tones are layered together, the look can become glamorous, modern, traditional, romantic or casual, depending on the textures and materials used. Get more ideas >>

Coastal Christmas Chandelier

Light fixtures are a great place to add extra holiday cheer. Attach pine branches around a chandelier's base, drape burlap ribbon and add glass ornaments for a more rustic approach. Get the how-tos >>

Traditional Entryway

A mobile Christmas tree and poinsettia wall art are classic decorations in this cheerful holiday entryway. Get the how-to >>

Christmas Cones

Who said mantels have to be dressed in traditional cedar pine? This mantel's abundance of pinecones provides texture while allowing accent colors to pop. Get the how-tos >>

Layers of Linen

No Christmas tree is complete without a skirt to hide its base. Rather than using a store-bought tree skirt, transform a piece of canvas into an elegant, ruffled linen beauty using only cuts of linen, scissors and glue. Get the how-to >>

Bursting With Joy

Tis the season to love this living room's holiday style. The black velvet chairs and black and white chevron-striped rug add a modern twist alongside seasonal classics, like the tree and stockings. Get the how-to >>

Glass Pendant Ornaments

Bring texture and color to your front porch this holiday season with a grouping of clear glass or plastic ornaments filled with everyday organic materials. Get the how-to >>

Pipe Dreams

Flaunt a unique take on a traditional holiday staple with a PVC pipe wreath. PVC pipe comes in a variety of sizes and can be purchased for less than $5. Once you choose the sizes you want, you're ready to get started on your front door display. Get the how-to >>

Versatile Wreath Centerpiece

Bring a natural element to your holiday decor with this simple and sophisticated wreath. Its versatile design works as a traditional door wreath or as part of a Christmas centerpiece. Get the how-to >>

Bring Out the Boxwood

Why settle for plastic evergreen wreaths or natural greens that will dry out in a few weeks? Make a preserved boxwood wreath that will keep its good looks throughout the holidays and beyond. Get the how-to >>

All in the Cards

Try something new this year with a space-saving, alternative Christmas tree that can even display cards from friends and family. Get the how-to >>

Takeout Box Advent Calendar

An adorable advent calendar made of takeout boxes painted red and green is an inexpensive and easy Christmas decoration kids and adults will love. Get the how-to >>

Vintage Garland

This holiday advent calendar is full of traditional charm and vintage style, keeping the Christmas anticipation alive for both kids and adults. Get the how-to >>

Unconventional Medallion Wreath

Interested in a more modern, artistic and architectural approach to holiday decor? Create an unexpected door hanging with a ceiling medallion, spray paint and ribbon. Pick up a ceiling medallion from the hardware store, update it with glossy spray paint and adorn with seasonal embellishments. Add ribbon to the top, and attach it to your door.

Hold Your Peace

Designer Emily Henderson created this funky focal point with a playful peace sign created by attaching boards to a hula hoop and hot-gluing ornaments all the way around.

Make It Personal

Add personalized name tags to place settings for a DIY touch to a Christmas dinner.

Red, White and Green All Over

Color is key when styling a kid-friendly Christmas party. This palette of red, green and brown with splashes of white is a nod to traditional Christmas colors and sets a fun and festive mood. Get the how-tos >>

Button Up

First, gather buttons in various shapes, sizes and colors. Then, starting at the center of a three-inch foam sphere, attach the buttons by inserting a tailor's pin through one hole of each button until secured. Continue this process around the entire sphere, covering it one row at a time. Once the entire surface is covered, add a second layer of buttons to any sections where foam is still visible. Finally, tie ribbon into a loop, attach to the top of the sphere with a tailor's pin and hang on the tree. Get more ideas >>

How to Light the Tree

Whether dressing a Charlie Brown Christmas tree or a Whoville town fir, Floral Displays Manager Cathy Barnhardt of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. has Christmas tree lighting down to a science. "Light the tree from the top down working in sections rather than round and round the tree," says Barnhardt. "Work the lights in toward the trunk of the tree, and then back out to the tip of the next branch, securing it by slipping the tip between the two wires of your strand of lights." Photo courtesy of Biltmore Estates.

Bold and Beautiful

Using a palette of red, fuchsia, gold and silver, designer Hannah Flora creates a glam, wintry space perfect for seasonal entertaining.

Festive Fabrication

Create your own DIY Christmas ornaments by wrapping traditional glass ball ornaments in leftover fabrics and ribbons. Hang multiple of the same kind of ornaments on an undersized tree for maximum effect.  

Nature Inspired

Fresh cedar pine, fir branches and magnolia leaves combine with fruit, pinecones and berries for an ultra-natural and festive look. Strands of gold beads add a surprising hint of color within the garland.

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