10 Easy Last-Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas
Take a look at these 10 easy and creative decorations for doorways, mantels, sideboards, dining tables and more that all take minutes, not hours, to put together. Do any spark inspiration for your home?
1. Weave a Garland Down the Stairs
Whether you choose real foliage or faux, a garland of greenery can pick up the mood in any room. Run a garland down the banister, drape one over a bookshelf or mantel, or tack one up to frame a window. Cut greenery has the nicest smell, of course, but faux garlands can be used year after year.
2. Create a Simple Centerpiece
Chances are you already have Mason jars, candles and seasonal fruit, which are all the ingredients you need for this pretty centerpiece. Layer evergreen cuttings, mason jars, tea lights and colorful fruit (such as rosy pomegranates, bright citrus or red apples) in an arrangement that can go on a table or mantel.
Tip: Putting a bit of salt, sugar or pebbles at the bottom of the Mason jar will save a difficult cleanup if the candle wax spills over.
3. Display Decor in Cloches and Apothecary Jars
Display any leftover holiday decor or seasonal ingredients — pine cones, string lights or ornaments that didn’t make the tree — into clear class containers, apothecary jars, cloches or cut crystal bowls. Place the containers on a bar cart or anywhere else you could use a little holiday decoration.
4. String Together a Pine Cone Garland
Dabs of liquid gold leaf take this simple pine cone garland to the next level. Create one yourself and save time by using paddle wire or ribbon, rather than drilling in small screws, to attach the pine cones to a length of rope. Hang your finished garland from the mantel, along a wall or across a window.
5. Hang a Wreath Indoors
Try unexpected spots to hang a wreath, such as on a bookcase, cabinet or kitchen window. While fresh wreaths dry out more quickly inside warm homes, preserved wreaths — those made of moss, boxwood or pine cones — are a great alternative, as they’re already dried and can be used for years to come.
6. Make Everything Festive With Wire Lights
Battery-powered fairy lights are your solution for making nearly anything look more magical for the season. Turn a simple star into a twinkling focal point by outlining the shape with lights. Run the lights down a mantel or table centerpiece, or wrap around a wreath or a houseplant.
7. Add a Mini Christmas Tree
Looking to simplify but still want the fresh smell of a conifer in your home for the holidays? Display a pine, spruce or fir branch in a vase to stand in as a miniature Christmas tree. You can decorate with your tiniest ornaments or a string of copper wire lights, or leave it plain, and enjoy the fresh smell for weeks.
8. Dangle Extra Ornaments
If you downsized your tree this year or skipped it altogether, you can use holiday ornaments as decorations in other areas of the house. Try threading them onto ribbons and hanging from a chandelier in an entryway, a suspended wire basket in the kitchen or an extra wreath frame hung anywhere you’d like.
9. Swap In Festive Throw Pillows
Trading out year-round throw pillows for a few in bright holiday hues can give a room an entirely new look. Either swap or layer the holiday pillows, if your year-round ones are neutral, and double down on warm throws to help cozy up living rooms and bedrooms.
10. Add small decorative items to your fireplace mantel or shelf
Small Christmas tree decorations are the cutest way to decorate, because it's not about the size of the tree that counts but rather the Christmas magic it infuses into the space.
Your turn: What are your quick and easy holiday decoration ideas? Show us in the Comments.