When I decorate for Christmas, I do it full force. That means, I remove all the decor from every room in my house that isn’t Christmas related. If that isn’t possible for some reason, I find a way to give each remaining piece a proper Christmas twist.
I put a Christmas tree in every room, save the bathrooms. Some are large at 8′ in height, while others are smaller at 4′ or 6′. The trees become the major focus of the room. Standard floral decorations are replaced with Christmas poinsettias, roses, gardenias or amaryllis. Standard greenery becomes holiday fare with Christmas garlands and more.
Each color scheme is chosen to fit within the theme of room in question. One room is done in blue and brown; another is completed in traditional red and green with still another is finished in silver and gold. I even have a pink room as well as a Santa’s toyshop in my Florida room, which covers just about every color in the rainbow.
While I have a nativity painting that my daughter gave me for Christmas last year and an Old World Santa painting that I purchased this year, the rest of the artwork is in keeping with the original themes of their corresponding rooms. To bring it more into line with the overall Christmas theme, I cover each painting and print to look like a wrapped Christmas present.
With colorful Christmas paper or fabric and beautiful ribbon or netting, any work of art can take on its own unique Christmas look. To do this for yourself, you will need to have several things on hand:
Wrapping paper or fabric,
Ribbon or netting,
Christmas ornaments or figurines,
The following steps outline how to complete this fun Christmas project.
Step 1. Using a yardstick, measure each painting in every room to determine its length and width. You will need this information to calculate how much wrapping paper or fabric you will need to complete that room. Write the totals down on paper and take the information with you when you go shopping.
Step 2. Decide on a color scheme or theme for every room. It can be uniform throughout the house (general Christmas) or individualized (with angels, carolers, snowmen, etc.) to fit each room’s unique personality.
Step 3. Determine what decorations to use on each finished wrapped package. Much of this will depend on the theme chosen for the room.
For example, my blue and brown guestroom is always decorated in inspirational sayings. I continue that theme at Christmas by adding little signs to the bow of each wrapped painting, saying things such as the hope, peace, joy or Noel.
Step 4. Shop for the items you have determined you want and need. Most everything can be purchased at a craft store. Many of the chosen items may also be available through local dollar stores. Also consider shopping thrift stores as well.
Step 5. Wrap each painting or print with the paper or fabric chosen for it. Pull the rough edges to the backside of the art and tape it in place with scotch tape. Be sure not to cover over the picture’s hanging mechanism. Do not glue into place or you may destroy the artwork’s backing.
Step 6. Make a ribbon or netting bow for each newly wrapped package. Secure in place with tape or glue.
Step 7. Add other decor into the bows. For example in my Santa’s workshop, I glue miniature toys inside the bow. Secure each item in place with glue, tape, staples or a combination thereof.
Other decor ideas include Christmas flowers, greenery or small decorative figurines (e.g., angels, snowmen or Santas).
Step 8. Vary the decor from painting to painting or keep it uniform. You can use the same paper or fabric backing and change out the bow or completely vary each wrapped packaged within a certain theme (e.g., snowflakes, nativity or reindeer).
Step 9. Hang the painting or picture back on the wall.
Step 10. Add ribbon or netting streamers if desired. These can hang from the bow or be pinned on the wall as desired with pushpins.
The process doesn’t take much time or effort but can make any room in your home look like a masterfully decorated Christmas Cottage. It is perfect for entertaining and a hit for Christmas parties.