by Lauren Travitz

It’s that time of the year to break out the Christmas lights, Santa hats, and put up the Christmas Tree! You do this routine year after year and the holidays are the best time for traditions. But have you ever pulled out something you wanted to use and realized it was a little outdated? Don’t worry. ALO has you covered! We did our research and we’re here to share with you some of the best holiday decorating trends of 2018 to modernize your home for the holidays!

#1 Black Is The New Red

Yes I said it. Black is back for a bold Christmas! If you watch HGTV you know all about the wonderful Chip and Joanna Gaines! If you know of this very talented couple you probably know that they just released their home collection “Hearth & Hand” at all Target stores. By looking at their merchandise (especially the Christmas items) you could say Jojo is really into the green & black vibe this year. The patterns are very simple, creating a minimalistic style.  So according to Jojo out with the red, and in with the black! Check out the Holiday collection online!

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#2 Pine is Fine


Speaking of green, accenting with greenery is always a good idea at all times of the year. For the holiday season, pine is the most festive (and cost effective) look! You can find faux pine stems at any craft store, such as Michaels, or just go out to your backyard and trim off a few stems! Use these accents in a wreath, garland, a table setting, or place in pots, buckets and mason jars.  Pine also makes a great replacement for gifts tags by wrapping your gifts in brown paper and tying a small pine stem to the outside. In addition, pine cones are also a winter favorite, and pairing both together creates an earthy and fresh touch!

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#3 Christmas Tree Candle Lights

Old time candle lights are making a comeback! The new thing this year is to light the Christmas tree with candle sticks vs. string lights. If you have a pre-lit tree this may not be ideal, but for those who get a real tree these are perfect! These candles bring elegance and rustic together in one, creating the ultimate cozy space!

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#4 Marshmallow Garland

Want to make a change to the traditional popcorn garland? Here’s a fun little Christmas craft to do with the kiddos! Make a marshmallow garland to string around your tree instead. You can follow this easy tutorial at the link below.  (*Hint; Marshmallow is more food friendly with braces vs. popcorn!)

Easy DIY Marshmallow Garland

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#5 Handmade Ornaments

Here’s another fun craft to do with your friends and family! Handmade ornaments are a great way to display your creativity on your tree and look back at memories over the years. They’re usually very cost effective and easy to make. There are various types of handmade ornament tutorials out there that you can find. At the link below you can see how to make these DIY star ornaments out of sticks. How cute and easy!

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#6 Spice Things Up


Make your own stovetop potpourri to give off a warm and cozy scent throughout your home! Click the link below for a yummy recipe!

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#7 Mason Jar Tree

Replace one of your traditional Christmas Trees with a mason jar tree! This is yet another easy and cheap DIY Christmas craft that will mix up your holiday style and add a country touch to your home! Instructions and materials needed are listed in the tutorial below.


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We hope you enjoyed these ideas and will put them to use in your home this holiday season! Thanks for reading! Be sure to stop by again for more content! Best wishes and happy holidays from your ALO team!