How I decorated my large hurricane lanterns for winter with some leftover Christmas decor and found items from around the house.
We’re in that lull after Christmas holidays, where decorations that were named cozy and cheerful in December are now called clutter. Some people love the tidy-up and back to minimalism. Some people hate taking everything down and find it depressing. I think I fall somewhere in between those two extremes.
I’ve been putting up less and less Christmas decor as the years go by, and then there’s less to take down afterwards. Also, I try to make a lot of the decor more winter-y and less Christmas specific. That way I can leave some things out and our post-Christmas home seems a little less stark and empty.
Here’s a good example. I bought these large-scale hurricane lanterns in the fall when they went on sale. They’re very simple, and I planned to use them year-round, not just at Christmas. I talked about this on Instagram a while ago too, using decor items year-round and adapting them for the seasons.
So I simply used some items from around the house, nothing new. Actually some of them were still lying around from Christmas, not quite packed away yet. The cotton batting at the bottom of each lantern is the *snowy* layer under my Christmas Village. The white and silver decorative balls I bought on clearance at IKEA after last Christmas. I use them in different places throughout the year too. And the grey sheer wired ribbon is left over from gift wrapping this year.
Our front porch is covered, so these will stay out there for the rest of the winter, along with the evergreen and birch planters. I already have ideas for transitioning them for the spring, and I think I might bring them inside then, to sit on the hearth in front of the fireplace.
(By the way, this is a corner of my backyard in the winter. See how it looks in the summer in this tour of my Suburban Backyard...)
How about you? Do you re-decorate for every season? Do you like the minimalism after Christmas? I’d love to hear… comment below!