It’s the month of joy, happiness, and celebration! But as the year comes to a close, it’s important to remember that this year, we saw a lot more dialogue and conversation happening around the topic of the environment, and the way our consumption patterns impact the world we live in.
The month of December sees a lot more wastage than any other time of the year, and it is increasingly more important to be mindful of our carbon footprints. From gift boxes and wrapping paper to plastic ornaments and wreaths made of streamers, the list is endless.
When you think of the holidays, it invokes a mental image of the warm glow of lights, strung up across homes throughout the month. But incandescent bulbs aren’t energy efficient, and thus, not very environmentally friendly. A greener alternative is to make the switch to LED lights, which use less electricity and also cut costs. You can drape these lights across the walls of a room, over banisters and railings, and of course, your lovely Christmas tree! You can also choose to light scented candles around the house that smell of cinnamon or peppermint to add variety to the kind of lighting around your home.
Speaking of Christmas trees, getting an actual tree for the month – only to discard it later – can be wasteful, not to mention messy. It can also be a hassle to get a large tree to fit indoors, and decorating a smaller potted shrub with sparse leaves is just no fun since they can’t hold the weight of the ornaments. Instead, gather a few tree branches of differing lengths, and hang them on the wall such that the longest branch is at the bottom and the shortest at the top. You can also wrap a string of lights to turn on at night. This DIY Christmas tree solves the problem of the lack of space most urban homes face and looks minimalistic and chic.
Make a DIY Christmas wreath for your home with just a couple of readily available items from your home garden! Pick some thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, twigs, and other herbs, and then using some twine as a framework. Build yourself a wreath of any size to hang around the house. You can also use a metal wire or a florist wire to build your wreath around. Add flowers from your garden for some color, or sprinkle on a few drops of essential oils for a soothing smell. And your result will be a fragrant and natural Christmas decoration, that will add class to any wall, door, or tree.
You can use your kitchen for more than baking cookies and gingerbread men this season. Using a mix of flour, salt, and water, you can cook up some DIY Christmas ornaments. Salt dough ornaments are all the rage now, especially since you can customize the shape, design, and color to your liking with an assortment of glitter, paint, beads and more.
Another wonderful addition to your ornament collection can appear in the shape of a pine cone. Hunt around and gather a few for yourself, and bring them back home. Adding a little glue at the ends and sprinkling on some Epsom salt can give the illusion of a snow-dusted pine cone. Alternatively, you can sprinkle on white glitter or white confetti for a more jazzy look. You can then use these pine cones in many ways – be it as an addition to your centerpieces, your wreath or even to hang on your Christmas tree.
The holiday season is a time to cherish family and loved ones, and decorating the house together and making these homemade decorations can bring cheer and merriment. The feeling of a home warms the soul and adds to the Christmas spirit, and so, having beautifully designed spaces can go a long way in amping up the look and feel of a home, no matter the season. Assetz Property Group creates stunning and luxurious spaces across some of the best residential areas in Bangalore. Their homes exist with nature and make eco-friendly living accessible and a way of life.