Let me show you how to decorate after Christmas by adding some fun winter pieces to your decor for the remainder of the cold season.
So you’re ready to say goodbye to Santa and the big tree, but don’t want to lose the coziness of your home, right? Taking your Christmas decor down can leave your home feeling empty and maybe even a little sad. Well, why not decorate for winter? This is the first year I decorated for winter and I am excited to take you along to show you what I did. I have a lot of Christmas decorations and I was ready to minimize but didn’t want to lose the coziness of winter. I was surprised by how little it takes to truly decorate for winter. Our place went from a gingerbread house to more of a cozy cabin. I think this is a new tradition for us!
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How to Decorate after Christmas
Where to Start??
I started by taking my Christmas tree down first to get it out of the way and then moved on to the rest of my decor. When undecorating from a holiday, I like to pile everything up on our kitchen table first and then pack it all away in totes. This year, I put the more neutral wintery pieces aside. Basically, all my red pieces got packed into totes and my more natural-looking pieces were left out. My Christmas style is very classic red and green, so I didn’t have a ton of “wintery” pieces, but I was okay with that. I didn’t want a ton left out.
What Christmas Decor should I keep out for Winter?
Let’s talk about trees, shall we? I love them! Besides our main Christmas tree, I have trees everywhere during the holidays! Some trees with natural-looking branches and others are made of glass or wood. I love collecting a new tree or two each year! Trees happen to be very versatile for winter too! Remove the ribbon and ornaments (if applicable) and you have a perfect wintery piece to add to your everyday decor during the winter!
Pinecones will add the perfect wintery touch to your home for winter! They are the perfect filler too! I use a lot of red and green ornaments to fill different lanterns, baskets and my dough bowl and pinecones are the perfect replacement after Christmas. Depending where you live, you might have the luxury of collecting a few pinecones during a nice walk outside.. for free!
If you do snag your pinecones from the great outdoors, be sure to bake them in the oven at 200 F for about 30 minutes to get rid of any critters and help them open up a bit. However, learn from my mistake and use tinfoil on your baking sheets!! Pinecone sap is no joke and I think I may have ruined two of my baking sheets.
Buffalo plaid pairs perfectly with other wintery textures and pieces, so be sure to leave out any buffalo plaid when packing away your Christmas decor. Really any plaid is perfect for winter and it pretty much screams cozy! I left out our buffalo plaid pillow covers to layer with other pillows. A little buffalo plaid goes a long way, but it’s perfect for the season!
Sticks or Logs
Like pinecones, sticks or small logs are a great way to incorporate a woodsy and wintery vibe to your space during the winter months. As you can see, I took a walk to the woodshed to fill my cute little white hyacinth basket ($10 score from Home Goods). The logs made for a great replacement filler once I packed my ornaments away. This setup would be cute on your fireplace too!
Villages or Wooden Houses
I just love my little houses and villages. If you snagged these wooden houses from Target’s dollar spot a few years ago, feel free to leave them out for the winter. The wood texture looks great with my wintery pieces too!
Use My Free Winter Printables
I feel like a legitimate blogger now that I have printables! Didn’t they turn out cute? These winter images are a fun way to add some homey vibes to your space this winter. They look good together as a set or you can use just one or two. As you can see I used two of them in our entryway and I am loving the layered framed look!
Feeling up for a Winter DIY or 2?
Winter Wreath DIY
This wintery wreath is a great way to warm up your space after taking down your Christmas decor. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg to make either! This wreath cost me less than $20 to make, which is 1/3 of the cost to similar wreaths being sold online. Why are wreaths so expensive? I have a hard time paying full price for a decoration I could be potentially using outside. So let me help you create something beautiful for your home, for a lot less than what you can buy it for!
Hat Garland DIY
Not only is this DIY hat garland perfect for Christmas, it works great as a wintery piece too! I love being able to utilize decor for multiple seasons… especially when they are DIY pieces! Toss it over a mirror or maybe a picture frame to let it continue bringing the ultimate cozy vibes this winter!
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