It’s that time of the year again. Christmas is just around the corner. Wherever you go, you will hear carols and jingling bells. But most of us are still holding off on bringing the festive cheer to our homes.
Why are you still waiting?
Get to it. You can start decorating your mobile home today by following our ultimate Christmas decoration checklist. To get the look just right, we will cover both outdoor and indoor decorations so that you won’t miss out on anything.
Indoor Christmas decoration checklist:
Many of us have fond memories of childhood days spent decorating our homes for Christmas with our families. If you don’t have any holiday traditions of your own, this can be a great one to start.
Below we’ve covered all the decorations you can’t do without starting with the central spots indoors.
The Christmas tree certainly takes pride of place. Much of the holiday celebrations are centered around this symbol. You gather around the tree to open your presents and share special moments with your family.
Besides this, it certainly catches the eye. And it is a key part of the nostalgic aesthetic of the season.
Therefore, the first thing you should do is set up the tree in your living room. Make sure that it is sturdy and won’t topple easily and that there is some space around it.
If you are looking for something different, there are a variety of trees out there like:
- Or try one of these budget DIY alternatives
So there is a tree for every budget, room size, ceiling height, and decor style.
Christmas tree stand
As we’ve said, you need to check that your tree is sturdy. Otherwise, you are setting up an accident in the making. That’s why you need to make sure that the stand or base is solid to stop it from toppling.
But many of the store-bought stands can be quite unattractive.
One way to brighten up the base is by covering it with a tree skirt. Another is to place the bottom in a wicker basket.
Decorating the tree
Of course, no Christmas tree is complete without its ornaments. They are what you need to add that extra bit of cheer. Choosing these trinkets is a unique way to put your personal stamp on the holiday. You can get anything from glass baubles to laser cut animals, to cute snowmen.
And don’t forget the matching tree topper!
Another Christmas staple that you should definitely put up before December is your advent calendar. Both you and your kids will get excited counting down the days.
Hang or place one in a room that you use daily, perhaps your kitchen.
Hang your stockings
Don’t forget to hang your stockings. It’s a tradition with a long and rich history that dates back to at least the 19th century. Everyone gets excited when they finally get to empty theirs on Christmas day.
We recommend that you hang it in one of the following spots:
- Dining room chairs
- A stocking ladder
- Coat and hat rack
- Plaque with hooks
Dining room table
Christmas experts say that you can start decorating your dining room table once Thanksgiving is over. Taking this step is an excellent way to start preparing for the coming festivities.
You can really get creative on such a large surface. Once again, you can customize it to fit your overarching theme perfectly. But a few staples you should include are:
- Tablecloth and runner
- Wreaths, garlands, or other greenery running around the center
- Candles in beautiful holders or lanterns or both
- Chair covers
On top of this, there are some items that you should hold off until the day before or of your big Christmas lunch or dinner, such as:
- Thematic napkins
- Red, gold, green, or natural wood underplates
- Napkin holders
- Decorative crockery or dishware
Coffee tables and shelves
Any open surface in your mobile home is a good excuse to put up Christmas decor. This includes your shelves and coffee tables. You can dress them up similarly to your dining table with:
- Small centerpieces
- Candy canes
- And most importantly ceramic Christmas villages and other figurines
Christmas is the one holiday where you get the chance to go all out. No one will judge you for it. Therefore, you can literally cover your entire mobile home with ornamentation. One key task is to get out your seasonal pillows and covers to arrange on your chairs, couches, and beds.
String lights or fairy lights are one of those items that will appear again and again on any Christmas decorating checklist. There are thousands of ways you can use them and plenty of options to choose from. But fairly lights are usually the best indoor options.
You can place or hang them in the following spots:
- Christmas trees
- Indoor plants
- In glass bottles
Make sure you have extension cords on hand, as well as any batteries or power adapters that you might need.
Pro tip: Plug the string in before you hang it to check that all the bulbs in a set are working.
Aside from the tree, the fireplace is a central part of your living room’s decor. Usually, it’s one of the most decorated spots in the room. If you don’t have a fireplace, you should consider creating a makeshift mantelpiece with a floating shelf.
To complete the look, consider using decor items of the following types:
- Greenery like holly branches or wreaths
- Lights like string lights or candles
Hanging up a bunch of mistletoe is another tradition that stretches back to hundreds of years ago. It’s one more of the ornaments that can both add to the festive look and add some whimsical fun to the day.
Everyone has their own spot where they choose to put their mistletoe year after year. For example, it might be over your tree, your front door, or the entrance to your living room.
If you’re lucky, you might be able to pick a bushel from trees in your area. Otherwise, you could find it on sale at:
- A local florist
- Walmart stores with a garden section
- Your closest Christmas tree farm
- Stores specializing in Christmas decor
- Home improvement stores like Home Depot
Put out your presents
Once you have wrapped them, put out all your gifts as part of your holiday decor. You can simply stack them around the base of the tree. Or you can place them on a nearby coffee table out of reach of small children and pets.
If you are serious about your decor, you can even wrap the presents to match your theme.
Last but not least, you should put out any handmade items. This step is especially for people who have kids or enjoy getting creative themselves. Helping your children make their own ornaments is a good activity to keep them busy during the holidays.
These decorations will be extra special and will be great reminders of past festive seasons.
Brilliant projects to consider are:
- Knitted tree ornaments
- Cross stitch
- Polymer clay ornaments
- Gingerbread house
- Painted pinecones
- Paper folding crafts
- Sugar cookie ornaments
- Pinecone figurines
Outdoor Christmas decoration checklist:
Now that we’ve covered the inside, we can get to the outside of your mobile home. It’s equally important to create the right atmosphere.
Lights are as central to your exterior decorations as they are to the interior. For a real blowout display, you should drape some along the roofline of your mobile home. To go the extra mile, you can also put some illuminated figures on your roof.
Avoid using fairy lights and other delicate types. Instead, go for strings with larger bulbs like C7 or C9’s. They will be more visible and create a better overall effect.
Trees and shrubs
One more crucial step in your exterior checklist is decorating your trees and shrubs. You can create unique and dramatic effects by putting lights in them. Overall, this works better with larger plants.
Use fairy lights or rope lights to wrap around the trunk and branches of a tree. On the other hand, net lights work best for bushes.
Before you start, ask someone to give you a hand. It can be a tricky business. You will probably need to climb a ladder for the taller trees while trying to wrap the string around it. Doing this alone can be a recipe for disaster.
Does your lot have its own mailbox?
In that case, you should remember to decorate it as well. It is often these little touches that make the difference between good and brilliant seasonal decor.
You can wrap it up with ribbons and garlands or play around with some frosted spray and decals.
A central part of outdoor Christmas decorations is the wreath on your front door. It is a great way to welcome your guests and get them into the holiday spirit. However, this isn’t the only place you can hang them outdoors.
Alternatively, you can hang it on the outside of your windows, on your gate, or over your porch railing.
Fences, pillars, and railings
You can brighten up your fences, porch railings, and porch pillars as well with some festive ornamentation. Typically, greenery like garlands will work best for this. You can break up the green with some red ribbons and bright baubles.
For many of us, snow is synonymous with Christmas. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, don’t forget to build a snowman. It is a crucial part of the holiday aesthetic. Plus, making it can be a fun family activity.
A porch is a great place to hang out during the holidays, and you must include it in your checklist. You can use much of the same decor items that you used elsewhere with some unique touches.
Here are a few ideas:
- Invest in some Christmas potted plants. You can arrange them all around the porch and place one on either side of your steps and front door. Consider getting holly, Christmas berry, or poinsettia. Just make sure the plants can withstand your local climate.
- Place some lanterns on the porch. You can light them at night to create a warm atmosphere.
- For a more dramatic look, you can make your own ice candles. But you can only do this if the temperatures are below freezing. And only use candles like tea lights that don’t emit much heat. Otherwise, they might not last long.
- Place some festive themed pillows on your porch swing, benches or chairs.
- Get a seasonal welcome mat that you can always bring out this time of the year.
- Hang strings of ornamental snowflakes from the ceiling.
Next on your checklist is to decorate your windows. Doing this will help you dress up both the interior and exterior of your mobile home.
A few of our favorite options are:
- Using snow spray and stencils
- Applying seasonal window decals
- Draping garlands and ornaments
- Hanging curtain string lights
You can use similar strategies for glass and sliding doors.
It’s time to dust off your favorite lawn figures and drag them out of your garage or storage shed. If you want to, you can stick to a single theme, such as only using reindeer. Alternatively, you can use a whole cast of characters like Santa Claus, snowmen, and penguins.
Never too early
It’s never too early to put up your Christmas decorations. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The earlier you start, the more time you will have to create the perfect backdrop for your festivities and show your neighbors how it’s done.
Before you invite your family and friends over, you might want to fix and spruce up after parts of your property. In that case, take a look at tips on tackling a remodel, one room at a time, and four ways to customize your mobile home windows.