I’m still working on my full Christmas home tour (look for that next week!), but in the mean time, I wanted to share one of my favorite accessories for holiday decorating: ornaments! Using ornaments in Christmas decor is an easy way to bring some sparkle and shine to any room. Last year, I managed to pick up a pack of 101 shatter proof ornaments during an after Christmas sale and I put them to good use this year, especially on our mantle.
5 Tips for Using Ornaments in Christmas Decor
A few tips when you’re planning to use ornaments in your decor:
- Buy shatterproof ornaments: These can get banged around in vases, bowls, etc., and often times roll away. Using shatterproof means you can be a little more rough than if you used glass ornaments. Plus, if you step on one, no big deal. I know from experience.
- Choose your colors: Choose a color scheme, be it a monochromatic look, or a mix of colors. In the past, I used red and silver . For this year, I added in some gold to play off of the plaid ribbon I used throughout the house. However, all of one color can look amazing too, especially if you take this next tip into account.
- Use various finishes: Using a mix of finishes brings visual interest. Personally, I love a glitter ornament but using all glitter ornaments might be a little much (even for me). I mix in matte and other shiny finishes.
- Mix sizes: from oversize yarn ornaments in baskets with blankets, to mini-ornaments to fill a pitcher, ornaments can range in lots of sizes. In a bowl, it may make sense to layer the smaller on top of larger ornaments so you can pile them high. On our mantle, I used mostly the same size for a more uniform look, but the shapes varied a bit.
- Get creative with your vessel: Like with flowers, go beyond a vase or bowl. For the mantle, I filled two Pottery Barn lanterns with ornaments. In the kitchen, a cute little wooden sleigh got the ornament treatment as well. Basically, if there was an empty dish, bowl or pitcher in my house, it got ornaments.
Ornaments are also a cost effective way to make garland look more expensive than it is. There are a ton of tutorials out there on how to make ornament garland, but this one from Between Naps on the Front Porch is my favorite. For the mantle, I hung the ornaments on plain garland (picked up a few years ago from Michael’s) and then added some fairy lights. On the stockings, I hung mini-chalkboard tags to personalize each one.
And check back tomorrow for a two-post Friday! I’ll be hosting the Pretty Pintastic Link Party as normal, and also joining some fabulous bloggers for a blog hop in partnership with At Home.
Happy holidays y’all!