We know, we know, it’s not even Halloween yet, but if we had to take a wild guess, we would bet those Christmas decorations are going up sooner than later. And we know this process can test everybody’s patience, even though it’s always worth it in the end, so we put together some hacks that should make everything run a little smoother. In other words, you’ll be sitting pretty in your Christmas pajamas sipping eggnog in no time. Let’s get started!
Spray-paint your old string lights to hang as decor. Oh, you know the feeling of plugging in last year’s Christmas lights only to find out that they don’t work. Normally this is super frustrating, but instead of getting frustrated, you can repurpose them into new(ish) decor simply by spraypainting them. The best part is you get to choose what color they are so you can ensure they’ll go with your decor. Personally, we’re big fans of a matte sage and matte tan combo, but we have no doubt this could go a million different directions and always look incredible. Get the full instructions here!
‘Tis also the season for a lot of nail holes in walls and doors. Instead, use command strips. Our best hack when it comes to these handy things is to place one upside down on the inside of your front door (the side you can see from inside the house) then use ribbon to hang your wreath from the other side of the door.
Whether you have human kids or furry kids with four legs, they just can’t be trusted to be alone with the Christmas tree, and that’s okay because they’re worth it. But instead of worrying if they’re being too quiet or feeling like you have to have eyes on them at all times, hang jingle bell ornaments on only the branches they can reach, juuuuust in case. Then if they do start to get handsy, you’ll hear about it and can hopefully intervene quickly.
Can we all agree that the worst part of putting up the Christmas tree is putting the lights on? If your tree goes in a corner, string the lights in a zigzag pattern down the front. No one is going to see the back anyway so you might as well save some strings. This will also speed up the ornament-hanging process!
Skip buying the expensive wrapping paper and instead make some for pennies (practically!) with brown paper, the eraser of a pencil, and an ink pad.