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Monday, April 12, 2010

Decorating Your Shelves for Every Holiday | Family Economics

By Marie

It seems every month there is a new holiday rolling around. We go from Valentine’s Day, to St. Patrick's Day to Easter at our house in a matter of weeks.

I like to keep the house filled with decorations to represent each holiday, helping us learn and have fun with each celebration. But there's a method in decorating for each holiday, so I don't have to rearrange too many things for each display. Here are a few tips for decorating your shelves for each holiday.

1. Have only one to two designated holiday areas: There are a lot of areas in my house where I could decorate, but it would get very overwhelming. So I try to designate only a few areas where holiday decor gets placed – the area on top of my piano, the shelf above my couch and the section of counter top in my kitchen. This helps give my house a fun feel for the holiday without over crowding with too many decorations.

2. Don't clash colors: You might have items on your shelf that won't be moving around each time there's a holiday, like a candle or frame. If so, make sure the candle and frame are in mild tones, so as to not clash with the bright pink of an Easter vase. This will work well if you have cream or tan candles or if you have silver or black frames. Almost any holiday decoration will go well with a black-framed picture.

3. Switch the pictures: If you do have frames on your shelves with family photos it might be fun to keep those frames but switch out the pictures. I have a few frames I keep out but change the photos inside. For Halloween, I put photos of my kids in their past Halloween costumes. For Christmas, we put in pictures of our family in front of our Christmas tree. This will allow you to keep your regular decorations out for display while making it easy to change up the look.

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On Monday, April 12, 2010, Cathe Holden wrote

Fantastic ideas!! Thank you so much. I tend to avoid mid year holiday decorating at all because of the cluttered look, but these are fantastic solutions. -Cathe Holden


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