In these days of Pinterest, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed with seasonal decorating. There is SO much out there. I do have Pinterest Board for every season and major holiday that you can visit for lots of ideas and handmade choices, but to make your home seasonal doesn’t have to require much time or money, and can be as extensive or easy as you’d like. Here are a few ways to decorate for the seasons or holidays. You could do all of them and still fit each theme of décor into a shoebox to pack it away!
Candles– colors, scents, shapes, all easy ways to decorate and have a little celebration. What I like to do is close my eyes, and think for just a second before lighting each one. I think of a person who needs a little prayer, or I wish for good weather (or snow!) I pray for peace, wisdom, patience. I thank God for seeing another day or another season If you’re not spiritual you could simply take a moment to think of a good memory with a loved one, or something uplifting. The best part of seasonal candles is that there is nothing to pack away when the season is over!
Doilies and Table Runners– Since I crochet and knit and I am trying to tackle the mission of making a doily for each season and holiday. Nothing huge or overwhelming, just a small bit to throw onto the table as a centerpiece. If you don’t crochet or knit then you can buy pre-made doilies in the craft store and dye them different colors for the different themes, or check out sites like Etsy or Artfire to support handmade. One example that I have made is the Heart’s Desire Doily. You can also make or buy table runners, which are just larger usually long and skinny bits. Runners are usually fabric, and there are lots of quilting patterns for them if you’re into that!
Vases and Fillers– You can grab a small vase in almost any theme, even just at the dollar store. Then I tuck in a few fake flowers, fresh flowers from the garden, or whatever suits the season. Sometimes it’s a glittery bit of plastic with streamers, sometimes a simple evergreen clipping (always fake, because I’m allergic.) In winter I love to force a bulb in a pot and use it as a centerpiece. Every day when you sit down to dinner you can view the plant growing, budding, blooming and it makes winter less gloomy. If you buy neutral white pieces then you don’t even have to pack them away! Just change out the fillers and you’re all set.
Garlands and Banners– Garlands are HUGE right now, and you can even find lots of free printable ones online for all sorts of themes. It seems like any blog that focuses on design or crafts offers one free at some point, or even regularly throughout the year. This is another task I’m trying to conquer, making a garland for each decorating theme. It’s slow going. So far I have a sewn birthday banner and a heart garland. I tend to whip up simple ones that only last one season, but I want an heirloom-worthy one for each holiday. You can make garlands, buy garlands at the store, or buy handmade online. Most of them fold up to nothing for storage.
Note Papers and To-Do Lists– If you are the kind to use to-do lists, or a pad of paper on the fridge for a grocery list, simply change it out! These pads of paper are so easy to find in any store and are so inexpensive! If you also make little notes on them you can tuck them away, and at year end you know when each one was written, and you could tuck them into a scrapbook for a year in review book.
Air Fresheners– I often make my own “Febreeze” or incense and simply use scents that are seasonal to me. I also tend to use scented wax tarts and switch them seasonally as well. Spring and Summer get citrus and ocean types. Fall and Winter get spice and baked goods.
Soaps– An easy thing to do is use a seasonal soap! Simply drop a bar or bottle by the sink, and since it gets used up there won’t be anything to pack away! You could go all out and get a seasonal liquid soap dispenser. And I wouldn’t hold it against you if your Santa dispenser is still out in July. Have you ever decoupaged soaps? This used to be a big thing, and I’ll do a tutorial here on the blog. It’s an easy way to make soaps for any theme or season!
Here are my main seasonal Pinterest boards for ideas using these items!
You could easily do all of these ideas, and even a couple more, and then simply pack them away in a small box. If you wanted to get really into it try using seasonal dishes, or seasonal towels. You can even change out pictures for seasonal pictures and wall hangings!
Do you do anything special for seasonal or holiday décor? Or really just for the big ones? I’d love to hear in the comments below!