It’s that busy time of year with Thanksgiving approaching and the holidays at its heels, when time moves so quickly we find ourselves celebrating the New Year in a blink of an eye. Each year I give thought on how best to manage time, reducing holiday angst to avoid feeling like I am racing through what should be a joy-filled time of year. Holiday decorating is one area that I have refined, saving time and $$$ by multi-purposing seasonal decor from fall to New Years. FYI…click on hyperlinked resources throughout the article, highlighted in orange font.
Multi-Purposing October through December! Consolidate your efforts and re-purpose from Halloween to the New Year.
Faux Garland – Halloween decor, why not decorate garland swags with spiders, webs, ghoulish ribbon and anything Halloween-ish that can easily be attached? In the fall leading to Thanksgiving, embellish wreaths as well as garland along staircases and around doors with fall leaves, faux apples & pears. Garland with lights looks awesome against fall leaves. After Thanksgiving remove fall leaves and add holiday ribbon and festive decor touches. Faux fruit, if any, can remain. After the holidays it is important that garland and wreaths be stored for easy October access in your storage room if you plan on using this tip next year. Note: If hanging wreaths on windows I love the suction cup hooks large enough to hold BIG wreaths. Walmart carries Large Suction Cup Hook Christmas Wreath and Decoration Hanger. In higher elevations where pine trees surround homes, its OK to set up faux pine trees in the home, changing out seasonal ribbon and decor accessories through the holiday months.
Pumpkins – Nothing reflects fall better than pumpkins around landscape and inside a home. Those that are not carved for Halloween can be kept through Thanksgiving, to continue that warm glow of fall orange. Can pumpkins be used during the December holiday season? YES! Country Living has some great ideas on how to repurpose pumpkins for a festive touch. Check it out!
Dealing with lights!
Seasonal decor wouldn’t be the same without lights. Unfortunately, dealing with string lights can quickly put a damper on my festive mood. A number of years ago I thought the invention of pre-lit garland and Christmas trees was genius, until reality set in. Each year parts of the tree or garland go dark. This year we invested in a LED Christmas tree with hopes of getting more “light” years. Here are options to eliminate frustration and extend the life of your faux greenery.
- Fill in the dark areas with 20 mini lights, perfect for filling in light
where needed. Love that it only has the plug connector.
- Consider purchasing LED pre-lit trees, garland and wreaths.
- Purchase NON-lit trees, garland and wreaths and self string lights. When lights go dark it is far easier to remove and replace strands that are not manufacture installed.
- Use timer battery operated light strands around non-prelit garland and trees giving outdoor landscape a clean look without extension cords. Turn ON the switch to the timer once, at the time you want lights to go ON. Each night the lights will appear at that time. Typically they remain ON for 6 hours and OFF for 18 hours. Walmart has a great selection and on the Walmart website you can set your criteria on the left hand bar to narrow down choices to meet decorating needs.
Flock it yourself!
Love flocked greenery. This is something that can easily be done yourself be it on garland, wreaths or trees. Seeking a faux pine tree for front door decor, I was surprised to discover that already faux flocked trees are significantly more expensive than those that are not. At Walmart I found a perfect 6 ft Wesley Pine faux NON-LIT Christmas tree for $20. Also at Walmart, I purchased Santa Snow 9oz spray for $1.50. One spray can covered flocking of the 6ft tree and 4 wreaths. Compare prices by clicking flocked trees HERE. Already having a beautiful pot for the tree, I used floral foam and rocks to secure the tree base. A decorative umbrella stand also works perfect as a base for faux trees, indoors or outdoors, (Amazon Cast Stone Umbrella Base). Your summer umbrella stand now in storage can be re-purposed to fit this need. Visit Umbrella Stands Re-Purposed – April blog post.
When time and money can be saved, I’m all over it! Multi-purposing seasonal decor that can take you from October through December makes holiday decorating sense. This photo shows the front of my home, transitional, to take me to Thanksgiving. While many are fighting the shopping crowds on Black Friday, I’ll be decorating the front door faux tree and spray painting those pumpkins to re-purpose as landscape Christmas ornaments! Be creative, plan ahead, and consider these tips to multi-purpose your seasonal decor, taking you from October to New Years!