Winter is around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about how to cozy up your space. While many associate winter decor with Christmas, there’s so much more to the season than festive holiday decorations.
Here are some tips on how to create a warm, inviting home during the winter months, without a Santa or reindeer in sight. Plus, I’m sharing some of my favorite DIY winter decoration ideas that I think you’ll love.
Bring the Outdoors Inside
Winter provides a bounty of natural decor elements. Consider incorporating pinecones, holly berries, or dried branches. Arrange them in vases, scatter them across tables or mantlepieces, or create beautiful wall art.
You could even visit your local grocery store and purchase oranges or lemons, dry them out, and use them to create dried fruit wreaths.
All of these natural elements help to bring an earthy, rustic touch into your home and celebrate the beauty of winter.
Layer Blankets and Rugs
Winter is all about staying warm and comfy, so try to reflect that in your home. Layering textures is a great way to achieve this.
Cover your couches and chairs with chunky knits, faux fur, and velvet throw blankets. Layer your floor with rugs of different textures and patterns to add depth and warmth to the floors.
Choose a Cozy Color Palette
When it comes to color, think warm and cozy. Swap the bright colors of summer and fall for a more muted palette. Creams, grays, and browns create a neutral backdrop that exudes warmth.
For a pop of color, opt for deeper hues like burgundy, emerald green, or navy blue, which add a touch of elegance and sophistication.
Add Warm Lighting Throughout Your Home
As the days get shorter, lighting becomes crucial in setting the mood. Avoid harsh overhead lights and opt for softer, ambient lighting.
Floor and table lamps, fairy lights, and candles create a warm, cozy glow. If you have a fireplace, make it the focal point of your living space.
Create a Cozy Corner
Designate a spot in your home as a cozy corner. This could be a window seat, a corner of your living room, or even part of your bedroom. Fill it with plush cushions, warm throws, and a side table to hold your favorite winter drinks. It’s the perfect place to curl up with a good book or simply relax.
Add Metallic Accents
Metallic accents add a touch of glamour to any space. Gold, silver, and copper can be incorporated through picture frames, candle holders, vases, or even knobs and handles.
They add a touch of sparkle and reflect light beautifully, enhancing the cozy ambiance.
Don’t Forget the Entryway
Your entryway is the first impression guests get of your home, so make sure it’s inviting.
A simple wreath made of winter foliage, a welcome mat, and some outdoor lanterns can transform your entrance into a welcoming space.
Decorate Your Outdoor Space
Your outdoor spaces can also be decorated for winter. Consider adding a wreath to your front door made from winter foliage, or arrange some outdoor lanterns on your porch for a warm welcome.
Winter DIY Decor Ideas
As the winter season approaches, it’s time to swap out those fall decorations for something a little more cozy and inviting. But that doesn’t mean you need to resort to store-bought decorations.
With a bit of creativity and some spare time, you can craft your way into a beautiful winter wonderland right at home. These DIY winter decor ideas are simple, inexpensive, and not Christmas-specific.
DIY Your Pinecones
Pinecones are synonymous with winter and are perfect for DIY projects. Gather some pinecones from your backyard or a craft store.
Spray paint them white, silver, or gold for a frosted look and arrange them in a beautiful vase. You can even add some glitter while the paint is wet for an extra sparkle.
DIY Pinecone Tutorials:
- How to Prepare Pine Cones for Crafts or Decor
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- DIY Scented Pinecones
Make a Winter Wreath
Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. Create a beautiful winter wreath using dried branches, eucalyptus leaves, or artificial winter flowers. Add in some spray-painted pinecones and voila! Hang it on your front door or use it as a centerpiece for your dining table.
DIY Winter Wreath Tutorials:
- Simple & Elegant Winter Wreath
- DIY Winter Wreath That Won’t Break Your Budget
- DIY Dried Orange And Eucalyptus Wreath
Make Your Own Pillows
Old sweaters don’t have to end up in the donation pile. Instead, transform them into cozy decorative pillows.
Simply cut your sweater into two squares (or rectangles), sew three sides together, stuff it with filling, then sew up the remaining side. It’s an easy way to add texture and warmth to your living room.
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Make DIY Snowflakes
Many of us remember making paper snowflakes as a kid. Rediscover that joy by creating delicate paper snowflakes and stringing them together to create a beautiful garland.
Hang it across your fireplace mantel or along your staircase railing. For added charm, lightly spray them with adhesive and dust with glitter.
DIY Snowflakes Tutorials:
Make Your Own Snow Globes
Snow globes are a classic winter decoration. Make your own by gluing a small winter figurine or tree to the inside of a mason jar lid.
Fill the jar with water, a dash of glycerin (to make the snow fall slower), and some glitter. Screw the lid back on, shake it up, and watch your handmade winter scene come to life.
Make Your Own Candle Holders
If you have access to birch logs, they can be turned into rustic candle holders. Cut them into varying lengths, drill a hole at the top large enough to hold a tea light, and arrange them on your coffee table or mantel.
DIY Winter Candle Holder Tutorials:
Knit or Crochet Your Own Blanket
Creating your own cozy winter blanket is not only a practical DIY project for the chilly season, but it also adds a personalized touch to your home decor. Knit, crochet, or quilt your own blankets for the winter season.
DIY Blanket Tutorials:
- 30 Chunky Knitted Blanket Patterns
- Wintertide Chunky Crocheted Throw Blanket Pattern
- No Sew Fleece Blankets
Make a Winter Terrarium
Create a winter scene in a glass terrarium. Add faux snow, miniature trees, and tiny winter creatures to create your own little winter wonderland. This can be a fun project to do with kids.
DIY Felted Acorns
Collect some acorn caps and felt small balls to fit inside them using wool roving. Glue the felt balls into the caps and you’ve got colorful, textured acorns to scatter on tables or fill clear vases.
Make Your Own Winter Centerpiece
Incorporating birch, cranberries, pinecones, and candles are just a few ways to bring winter charm to your table centerpiece. Try using birch branches as candle holders.
Layering cranberries with pinecones in a decorative bowl will add a pop of color to any table. And surrounding a candle with pine leaves always looks beautiful.
DIY Winter Centerpiece Tutorials:
- Snowy Birch Logs Winter Centerpiece
- Simple DIY Winter Wonderland Tablescape
- 5 Minute DIY Snow Frosted Mason Jar Decorations
Decorating your home for winter is all about embracing the season and creating a cozy, comfortable space. By incorporating natural elements, playing with textures, and warming up your color palette, you can create a winter wonderland right at home.
So, grab a blanket, light a candle, and enjoy the beauty of winter from the comfort of your own home.
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