The holidays always seem to pop up quicker than anyone expects and in true fashion, the holiday décor search is upon us. According to data from Etsy, the searches begin spiking in October as people begin to look for new ways to celebrate this year.
We're all for do-it-yourself holiday décor, which is why we've rounded up our favorite past projects that speak to each trend. If you're looking for bright, bold colors or throwback décor pieces, it's your lucky year: Bohemian is back and neon doesn't seem to be going anywhere. If you haven't started your holiday décor planning, DIYing, or shopping yet, consider this your call to action.
1. Boho(ho) style
Etsy reports that there's a 67 percent increase in "boho holiday" search queries compared to last year. To give this easy-going look a winter twist, grab some wintery greens—pine is perfect for the holiday season—and add pops of texture throughout your space (think: rattan, wood, or cozy rugs). Don't forget to have fun with your greenery. Instead of the traditional pine wreath, opt for wispy dried branch stalks, rustic centerpieces, and indigo blue colors. This hanging bough will give you that same holiday vibe and nature ornaments are a quick DIY that will showcase your favorite seasonal flowers and plants.
2. Neon and Bright
If you want to go bold, go all in! You won't be alone—there have already been more than 1.3 million searches for "neon" on Etsy. Start with making your own neon ornaments by spray-painting plastic toys, magnets, and bulbs bright colors and cover your Christmas tree in your happy palette. Forgo last year's garland and opt for a tassel garland (match the garland colors to your tree for a cohesive look). And if you want to go totally original this holiday, check out this PVC-pipe tree—this idea was made for alternative tree searchers.
3. All-You-Can-Eat Décor
The holidays are all about the food, so why not bring that same sentiment to your décor? (After all, Etsy shares that searches related to the term "foodie" are up 415 percent from last year.) If you're truly dedicated to this theme, try your hand at our "Land of Sweets" Christmas tree, which is covered with cupcake ornaments, ribbon candy ornaments, and actual candy, of course. You can even turn a cookie cutter into Christmas tree décor. But the fun doesn't stop when the family arrives: These candy cane mice are simple DIYs for visiting cousins.
4. Modern Farmhouse
Warm hues, wood accents, flickering candles, and plant-forward garlands are the perfect elements to surround yourself with when the snow is blowing and everyone in the family is gathered together. "Modern farmhouse" searches on Etsy are up 142 percent compared to last year. While a classic pine-and-ornament Christmas tree is the definition of rustic, try something different with the woodland creature tree. These glittered deer table decorations will add just the right amount of sparkle to your table setting. Drape moss across your mantle and incorporate it into your dining table centerpiece for an extra dose of cozy—and don't forget the candles.
5. Peace on Earth
Doves and olive branches seem to be on everyone's mind, at least on Etsy. So far this year, there have been more than 326,000 searches for "dove," and "joy" searches are up 10 percent from last year. If you want to follow suit, these flash card ornaments are the perfect way to add a bit of j-o-y or p-e-a-c-e to your tree.
6. Personalized Entertaining
We've said it for years: everything should be handmade and from the heart. This year, the number of people searching "customizable party décor" has increased 19 percent and more than 189,000 people have searched for "personalized décor" this year alone. If you want to give your space some homemade love, see how Martha personalizes stockings. (She even made a pair for the donkeys on her farm!)