Decorating for autumn and then for the winter holidays is a festive thing to do. You could do the decorating yourself or involve your whole family in the activities. As you plan which decorations to use and where to put them, keep these safety and cost tips in mind.
Choose Safe Decorations
It is important to select decorations that are safe to use. Lights are some of the most stunning parts of Halloween, Hanukkah, and Christmas decorations. Check for frayed wires when installing them, only use UL-approved light sets, and make sure that any outdoor lights are rated for outdoor use. Avoid using extension cords. Skip potentially harmful decorations such as the spun angel hair that looks like snow or the live candles in your jack-o-lantern. Do not use poisonous plants such as mistletoe and poinsettia.
Consider Decorations That Can Be Reused
One-time use decorations do not provide you with a lot of value. If possible, consider decorations that can be reused, such as knit Christmas stockings, glass ornaments, or woven vine wreaths. If they cannot be reused, choose options that can be recycled or composted. For example, gourds can be used throughout autumn and on your Thanksgiving table. After using them, they can be composted. Tree ornaments can be reused year after year. Paper leaves or snowflakes created by the youngsters in the family can be recycled after the holidays have passed.
Try Personalized or Handmade Decorations
You can give a personal touch to your autumn and Christmas decorations by making your own. If you have children, you can trace their hands and cut the shapes out of paper to create Thanksgiving decorations. Leaf impressions are pretty throughout the autumn, and they only require crayons or pastels and paper. Carving a jack-o-lantern is a simple family activity, and you can roast the pumpkin seeds for a tasty treat too. A handmade wreath with artificial leaves is also easy to make with basic supplies from a craft store. Create seasonal floral arrangements with artificial flowers from the craft store and spray-painted vases.