The Festive season will soon upon us, and decorations are already popping up from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. Before you put up the tree and hang the baubles, a nice early touch is to decorate your door in order to give your incoming influx of guests and well wishers a warm Christmas welcome. Here are some tips on how to make your house entrance shine with yuletide sparkle.
Traditional – The Wreath
If you like to keep your Christmas classical, then hang a Christmas wreath on your door. There are lots of premade ones available from garden centres and home stores, but it’s easy to make your own with a ring of oasis and a few garden trimmings and pine cones. Making a wreath can be a fun craft activity for your children too – think spray glitter, ribbons and snow in a can.
Victorian – Lanterns
If you have hooks where you usually hang your Summer hanging baskets, replace them with some Victorian style Christmas lanterns where you can put in candles for a atmospheric look straight out of A Christmas Carol. You can also decorate your lanterns with sprigs of holly, bows and baubles for an extra seasonal touch.
Green Fingers – Fresh Flowers
If you have a flair for flower arranging, Christmas flower garlands are a classy edition to your front door. You can use the traditional holly, ivy and mistletoe to make a familiar red and green arrangement that will look great on your porchway. The bright, dramatic red of the Poinsettia has also become increasingly popular over the years, though it may be best to get fake ones as upkeep is difficult.
Crafty – Yarn Wreath
If you’re knitting all your gifts this year, a yarn wreath is a great make for your home. The best thing about them is that upkeep is easy and it can be used for years to come! They are extremely easy to make (Styrofoam rings can be picked up from most garden centres) and endlessly customisable. Felt flowers and festive shapes like stars and angels finish the wreath off as a quirky decoration for your door.
Kitsch – Fake snow and Stickers
It’s more fashionable to go for a pared down look these days, but some of us still want a over the top Christmas! If you want your doorway to look brash (in the best way), go for coloured lights (bonus points for flashing and music!), santa and snowflake stickers to go on your door’s glass panels and, of course, cans and cans of fake snow.
However you decide to decorate your door this year, don’t forget to hang the mistletoe!