Don’t be Sad That Christmas is Over, Decorate For Winter!

fabric birds

With Christmas now behind us, most of us will spend the next week packing up all of the beautiful bits & bobbles that have dressed our home for the past several weeks. And although it’s kind of sad to see all of our little Christmas treasures get tucked away for another year, it’s also sort of nice to have our home “freshened up” for the new year. Even so… there is still a bit of an empty feeling, when we think about having to wait another full year to display those treasures again.

Here’s a great idea to help you prevent that “empty feeling” around your home, and to help you to look forward to each new season/holiday throughout the year.

Why not keep a few of your things out & “re-purpose” them to match each new season/holiday?

For example…

I love my grapevine wreaths! So, instead of putting them away because Christmas is over, why not take the Christmas decorations off of the wreath & put some other sort of decorations on it for the rest of winter? Or, you could keep everything off for a natural look.

This year, my husband bought me a little tree for Christmas. It fits on my kitchen counter just perfectly! Instead of putting it away, I am going to dress it with items that say “winter” – instead of “Christmas”. With simple decorations from your favorite home decor store or mail order company such as LTD Commodities, you could change your decor over to “winter” in just a few minutes!

Here are some different things that say “winter” (not just “Christmas”), so instead of packing them away, you can keep them out all winter long.


We get to enjoy feeding our feathered friends during the cold winter months, so how about using little birds made from pretty paper or felt (like the ones above)? Using some scrapbook paper, you could make up beautiful little birds to match any style or color. Then use them to hang on a tree, wreath, light fixture, or across your curtain rod.

birds and snowflakes

winter bird

black birds and snow

Ice Skates

ice skates

paper skates

Snow-people can live in your decor all winter! :)


snowman in winter



mittens red and white



pink snowflake



berry wreath


winter tree

candle and greens

button wreath and greens


Also, if you’re having a difficult time deciding which colors to use, so your home says “winter” instead of “left over Christmas”, you can’t go wrong with white, silver, light blue, and green!

winter colors


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27 Responses to “Don’t be Sad That Christmas is Over, Decorate For Winter!”

  • Dena on January 3, 2009

    I love the idea of decorating for winter and you have some fantastic ideas here. Thank you for the inspirations :)


  • kayellen on January 3, 2009

    Happy New Year!
    Love the button wreath and those darling skates!
    Blessing to you in 2009!


  • Pumpkinbear on January 3, 2009

    I love it! It reminds me a lot of SouleMama’s nature table, in that you two are honoring and celebrating each of our seasons in turn, but I like the idea of festive, not just natural, decorations. I already have awesome inspiration involving my little girls’ handprints, scrapbook paper, and mittens!

    • admin on January 4, 2009

      Thanks! If you take some pictures of your creations… I’d love to share them with our readers!


  • Kay on January 3, 2009

    I love the felt birds. Do you have the pattern source?

    Or would you just come decorate my home for me? :o)

  • Kim Gibson on January 4, 2009

    Love this idea! I was sick for a week at Christmas and feel like I missed it…. this lets me feel it is still around without looking old!

  • Ahrisha on January 4, 2009

    Love your idea of a winter tree. I am in the midst of doing the same. Most of the decorations on my tree are my Snowbabies and I am thinking they can stay up till Easter?!

  • jenclair on January 4, 2009

    Wonderful ideas!

  • That Girl on January 5, 2009

    I LOVE everything..especially the skates!

    It’s all rather adorable.. and inspirational!



  • Elizabeth on January 6, 2009

    Love all the ideas. Thanks for sharing them.


  • celestialcharms on January 6, 2009

    Great ideas to rejuvenate the home for winter…a season we often only associate with Christmas…as far as decorating is concerned. I can’t wait to incorporate some of your ideas into my home. Thanks

  • Maya@Completely-Coastal on January 7, 2009

    What a great idea to decorate for winter…, has not occured to me at all, instead (to brighten things up) I keep the Christmas tree around.

  • Deb bie on January 7, 2009

    Wow this is right up my alley and exactly how I have been feeling. Love all your wonderful ideas, thank you so much for the inspiration!

  • Sheila on January 8, 2009

    Beautiful ideas!

    Do you have directions for the pink snowflake? I’d love to try making that.

  • Michelle on January 9, 2009

    Oh, it is all so pretty!! Love all your winter decorations!!

  • Kimberly on January 9, 2009

    Really great ideas!

  • Lavender Dreamer on January 10, 2009

    I love your ideas and the beauty you bring for the winter ahead! I always want to replace my pretty Christmas decorations with other beautiful decor! I would love to make some pretty birds like yours in the first photo!

  • Rachel on January 12, 2009

    I love that you wrote about this. I always leave all my snowmen and snow-related decorations, evergreens, pinecones etc. up until it’s time to “do” spring. It keeps the house from looking too blah after Christmas is over and I love to look at it all winter long.

  • Lallee on January 19, 2009

    I see my mantel there (reds). Thank you for sharing. Wouldn’t you know I packed the mercury glass away and the regretted doing so! I did leave the red wreath and berries out. I also had some new red bowls with snowflakes that I left out in my kitchen. I really enjoyed seeing all the ideas you put together. Great post and ideas!

  • Kim-HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs on January 21, 2009

    What wonderful winter ideas!

  • flax and Spindle on January 27, 2009

    Those pictures are so beautiful! I especially love the birds, thank you for the inspiration….

  • Boxwood Cottage on January 28, 2009

    Yep I’m all with you, decorating wintery things is the best one can do after Christmas! Thanks for including my ice skates in your lovely post Pearl!
    Warmest wishes from Germany
    xox Carola

  • Joy on February 6, 2009

    Love your winter decorations, especially the cute snowman.

  • beinred on February 24, 2009

    I also think it is so nice to change out home decor for each season.

  • dramaplot on March 18, 2009

    I love your ideas and the beauty you bring for the winter ahead!I can’t wait to incorporate some of your ideas into my home.

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