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Even if your home’s decor hasn’t changed since 1976, you can refresh, revamp, and revitalize it at the holidays with just a few simple strokes. Unlike regular decorating – where you agonize over paint colors, upholstery choices, and furniture styles – holiday decorating is easy. Holidays provide a set theme; a color palette; and merchandise and motifs that are usually mass-manufactured, so you can purchase and decorate when you’re ready.
You may be feeling intimidated about decorating for the holidays, or you may be ready to dive right in. No matter what level of decorator you may be, Holiday Decorating For Dummies shows you tricks that you may not already know. This guide is for you if:
- You need easy, affordable ideas to fill your house with holiday cheer
- You have no idea where to start and just need some ideas to get you going.
- You already have a huge collection of your own holiday stash and need to get organized before acquiring more
- You love to celebrate very special occasions: an anniversary, a special birthday, a warm welcome home
A flair for decorating isn’t necessarily inherited. Armed with clear explanations of how you can achieve beautiful yet practical holiday decorating, planning tips and tricks, crafting basics, care and cleaning tips, storage solutions, and more, you can decorate like a pro. Holiday Decorating For Dummies helps you gain that skill with topics such as:
- Discovering tabletop decorating basics
- Budgeting time, money, and space
- Getting organized
- Caring for your decorations
- Knowing where to go for ideas and inspiration
- Celebrating Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving
- Decorating for Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Jewish holidays
- Embellishing the exterior of your home
- Getting crafty with paper, florals, fabric, beads, and embossing
- Creating luminaries and etched-glass projects
Part decorating guide, part stylist guide, and part craft instruction book, Holiday Decorating For Dummies helps you access the knowledge you need to create beautiful homes and great gatherings that will provide a warm welcome for family and friends.
Finally, an all-encompassing decorating manual to get you by for each and every holiday -- from Easter to Hanukkah as well as New Year's to the Fourth of July!About the BookFor those tired of fighting all those strings of festive, holiday lights and who may not know much about setting a table properly for a Seder, Holiday Decorating For Dummies is a must-have. Whether a reader is looking to dye Easter eggs the perfect sky blue or yearning to host a festive Thanksgiving dinner, longing to make their home hauntingly spooky for trick-or-treaters Holiday Decorating For Dummies will do the trick. Packed chock-full of ideas and projects from creating your own holiday ornaments, decorations, to pounding and waxing autumn leaves and making festive table runners! Readers will discover how-to-make festive centerpieces and master the art of decorating with napkin folding, candles, fruit, name plates and more without breaking their budget. For the non-Martha Stewarts and time-challenged types, Holiday Decorating For Dummies offers tips on Where to find... ready made holiday motive (such as faux centerpieces and foliage, fun napkin rings, sofa and pillow slip covers, and more). Discover how-to store and take care of decorations. So, whether a reader is hosting a Forth of July barbeque and needs to know how-to hang or display a flag, or readers are honoring a solemn Judaic holiday, then Holiday Decorating For Dummies will come to the rescue. Holiday Decorating For Dummies will also to lead readers to holiday/decorating websites, discount stores, catalogs, and more! Also features practical tips on holiday safety including caring for your Christmas tree or menorah, the proper way to use candles in thehome, and safe costumes for your little ones on Halloween. In addition, readers will discover how-to strategically decorate in multi-dwelling homes, apartments, condos, and more. The holidays should be a time of joy - and with this book, they will be!
Chock-full of easy, inexpensive decorating ideas
Plan and decorate for special occasions no matter what your budget can afford
This easy-to-follow guide provides helpful hints and advice for celebrating and decorating the holidays your way whether its decking the halls at Christmas or honoring Jewish holidays. Youll find plenty of tips for everything from creating your own ornaments and setting a Seder table to making festive Thanksgiving centerpieces and decorating the backyard for a Fourth of July barbecue. Plus, discover how to safely store and care for your decorations.
About the Author
Kelley Taylor, founder of CreatingHomeDecor.com, is a craft and home decorating designer. She is a frequent guest on television shows demonstrating decorating projects.
Table of Contents
Part I: Becoming a Holiday Decorator Extraordinaire.
Chapter 1: Setting the Stage for Holiday Decorating.
Chapter 2: Decorating Basics.
Chapter 3: Discovering Tabletop Decorating Basics.
Chapter 4: Finding Ideas and Inspiration.
Part II: The Practical Stuff: Money, Space, and More.
Chapter 5: Budgeting Your Time, Money, and Space.
Chapter 6: Getting Organized.
Chapter 7: Keeping and Caring for Your Holiday Stash.
Part III: Getting to the Heart of the Holidays.
Chapter 8: Designing a Romantic Valentine’s Day.
Chapter 9: Celebrating Everything Irish: St. Patrick’s Day.
Chapter 10: Rejoicing Easter.
Chapter 11: Being True to Red, White, and Blue: Independence Day.
Chapter 12: Creating a Graveyard Smash: Halloween.
Chapter 13: Displaying Gratefulness at Thanksgiving.
Chapter 14: Decking the Halls at Christmas.
Chapter 15: Decorating for Kwanzaa.
Chapter 16: Celebrating Jewish Holidays.
Chapter 17: Taking the Holidays Outdoors.
Part IV: Crafting for the Holidays.
Chapter 18: Getting Started Crafting.
Chapter 19: Crafting with Fabric (Sewing Optional!).
Chapter 20: Providing a Finishing Touch with Paper Crafts.
Chapter 21: Taking Advantage of Flower (and Botanical) Power.
Chapter 22: Embracing Embossing.
Chapter 23: Painting Decoratively.
Chapter 24: Working With Transfers.
Chapter 25: Creating Luminarias.
Chapter 26: Beading Beautifully.
Chapter 27: Etching Glass.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 28: Ten Quick and Easy Ways to Decorate for the Holidays.
Chapter 29: Ten Tips to Make Your Holiday Decorating Less Hectic.
Appendix: Holiday Resources.