Here’s a good article on dressing up your entryway for the holidays by Hannah Bruneman and Jessica Bennett for Better Homes & Gardens.
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Don’t forget about your entryway when bringing out the holiday decor. Spread Christmas cheer to everyone who walks into your home with this traditional display of red and green DIY decor.
An outdoor light display is essential for festive curb appeal, but don’t disappoint your guests once they walk into your home for the holidays. Bring a sense of cheer to this hardworking space with cheerful holiday entryway decor. Give your entryway a simple seasonal update with our collection of classic Christmas decorations and favorite holiday DIY projects. By using inexpensive materials and items you already have at home, you can create holiday decor for your entry that makes a festive statement on a small budget.
A small console table or bench provides the perfect foundation for an inviting vignette just inside the front door. Add seasonal touches with fresh or faux greenery, a plush rug or throw, small wrapped gifts, and other simple Christmas decorations. A palette of warm red and green will make visitors feel welcome and give your home a bright, cozy feel this winter. Replicate this setup for an effortless entryway display, or personalize the arrangement according to your family’s favorite traditions.
1. Make a Plaid Runner
Make your entryway cozy this winter by covering the cold floor with a stylish DIY rug. Area rugs are a staple in living rooms, but hallways and entryways deserve a seasonal boost of color, too. Runners are the perfect fit and can be customized to match any holiday design. For a festive entryway idea, make over a basic cream-colored rug with a wintry pattern. A red plaid runner made with a simple paint-rolling technique greets guests upon arrival and beautifully complements holiday door decorations.
2. Add Quick Christmas Artwork
Not everyone has the budget or the storage space to buy new decor and artwork for every season. Free printable artwork makes Christmas decorating easy and cost-effective. Find a favorite holiday print online with a festive design or create your own graphic featuring a cherished family quote. Print and place in a frame to display at your home’s entrance. When the snow is melted and spring has begun, simply switch out the print for a more seasonal option.
3. Use Holiday Cards as Decor
One of our favorite parts of the season is receiving holiday cards from family and friends. Display these seasonal greeting cards as art for your entryway with a DIY card holder. A birch log slice provides a seasonal base for the photo holder, while copper wire easily bends into shapely holders. When the new year has begun and life gets back to normal, switch out the cards for family pictures and memories for a holiday entryway decor that can last year-round.
4. Add a Mini Christmas Tree
As a prelude to the real deal, place a miniature Christmas tree on your entryway console table. For no-fuss decor, invest in an artificial tree you can reuse year after year, or enjoy the scent of a real tree with a purchase from the local nursery. Repot the real tree in a galvanized bucket and wrap the base with burlap ribbon for a rustic look. Finish off your entryway Christmas tree with an assortment of small ornaments. Choose colors that work best with your existing decor, or keep it simple with metallic baubles. A big statement like this is enough to dress up your entryway furniture on its own.
5. Wrap the Staircase with a Jolly Garland
Sometimes it’s best to stick to traditional holiday decor for entryway furniture. Garlands are a seasonal mainstay that works perfectly for a staircase near the front door. Drape a beautifully lit garland up the side of a staircase to fill your entryway with gorgeous Christmas greenery. You can also spiral the garland up the banister, but that makes it more difficult to use the railing. At each peak, hang an oversize bow made from metallic ribbon for an extra flourish.
How to Wrap Lights on a Garland
Wrapping your garland with lights for your indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations is easier said than done. To ensure that your lights will evenly span the length of your garland, start by wrapping the lights in the middle, not end to end. First, find the center of your string of lights and the center of the garland. Starting to your right, begin wrapping the lights up the length of the bough. Continue until you reach the end of the garland, then return to the center to finish the remaining side.