Five Quick and Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas

Today I’m sharing five quick and easy Christmas decorating ideas. These are simple ideas that are easy to recreate, and that’ll help you bring the best of the holiday season to your home, with minimal effort!

Maybe you don’t want, or can’t have a large tree, or you don’t like to store a lot of Christmas decor, but you still want to decorate for the holidays – then this post is for you!

The five tips I’m sharing today are easy, actionable ideas that will make your home feel festive – without spending a lot of time or money!

Use Ornaments Everywhere

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I sprinkle ornaments everywhere – they’re not just for a Christmas tree! 

They’re a great way to make a room feel festive and they can be used almost anywhere. If you don’t want to store or buy a lot of ornaments, pick one or two colors to purchase. By staying with a simple color palette they will work year after year.



ornaments in a French vintage urn gorgeous French farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas

I love mercury glass in metallics like silver and gold, but anything you love will look good!



Use Wreaths to Add Holiday Cheer

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Wreaths add so much holiday cheer to a space, and they are way easier to store than a full size tree! 

I love wreaths on a mirror or on a front door, but they can also be hung almost anywhere!


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I’ve used smaller ones on the mantel in the kitchen, and also on interior windows and doors.


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And one of my favorite things to do is to add little ones to the back of dining chairs, it’s so charming!


Use Greens to Create that Seasonal feeling

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This might be the easiest of the easy Christmas decorating ideas! 

If you’ve been a reader for awhile now then you know how much I love using eucalyptus, cedar branches, and other greenery. It’s wonderful for creating a natural touch, and it really makes a space feel festive!


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Whether inside or out, faux or fresh, it brings a seasonal touch wherever you put it!



Add Pinecones and Other Natural Elements

pinecones in little silver bowl elegant and easy Christmas decorating French farmhouse style

Pinecones are a great way to decorate without spending a dime! 

They can usually be found for free, and if not, they can be found for very little at Michaels and other craft stores. They feel very indicative of the holidays and winter time and I love the texture they bring, too!



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In fact, pinecones feel so much like winter to me that I frequently use them in January as part of my winter/after Christmas decorating which means you can keep them out after the holidays!


Decorate a Tabletop Tree Instead of a Larger One

easy christmas decorating ideas tabletop tree in metal basket on hearth with garland and stockings

If you don’t have the space or don’t want to do a large tree every year, you can still bring the spirit of the holidays to any space with a smaller tree!

I’ve put them on tables or stacked baskets, or here on the hearth. This little charmer is around 3 feet tall, but I think anything from 3′-4′ is great for this purpose. 


adorable tabletop tree on baskets in French country living room pretty holiday decor ideas

And little trees are so charming, they feel just as cheerful and festive as a larger tree!


I hope these simple and easy Christmas decorating ideas have given you some inspiration for your own home – it doesn’t take a lot to make a home feel festive this time of year! A wreath, some simple greenery and some ornaments scattered around can bring holiday cheer to any space!

Linking some of my favorites below – just click on the photos to shop!


Shop Christmas Decor


Happy Holidays!



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If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out more holiday decorating and inspiration below:

Holiday Decor Essentials: My 7 Favorite Decorating Items 

Simple French Farmhouse Christmas Decor in Gold & White 

French Inspired Christmas Decor in the Living Room

French Holiday Style in the Kitchen

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  1. Sheila,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. I did purchase a 3ft small lighted tree and placed it by the fire place. So fun to decorate it.
    Every post you share has given me ideas and tips of where to purchase the items.
    Thank you very much and Merry Christmas 🎄

    1. Aww you’re so welcome Mary! I’m so glad you’ve found some ideas and inspiration here!

      Happy Holidays to you!


  2. Janice Murphy says:

    Your decorations just makes me feel so warm and wonderful inside, and makes me want to execute my ideas and the many that you inspire me to!!!!!!! I love to be around beautiful things, thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful ideas and inspirations!!!!

    1. What a lovely compliment! Thank you Janice, you truly made my day!! 🙂

      And thanks for stopping by!


  3. So beautiful inspiring ideas! I also love to use pinecones in my winter decor and my kids are having a lot of fun with them!

    1. Oh I love hearing that Breanna! And thank you!

      Glad you stopped by!


  4. Love the soft blush and mercury ornaments throughout and on the tree. They add so much and don’t jump out at you like some decor elements, easy on the eyes.

    1. What a sweet compliment – thank you so much Donna!

  5. All these little details bring such delight! I especially love the mistletoe wreath. I agree with Deanne. The greenery, pinecones, and bottle brushes could be used into January for winter decor. I’m hoping some of these things go on massive sale after Christmas to add a bit for next year! Enjoy your charming Christmas home!

    1. Yes, a massive sale would be nice!! 😉 I’d love to get more bottle brush trees for sure!

      Thanks so much for your kind words and Merry Christmas to you!


  6. Ruth Buteau says:

    Sheila, I have always wondered about my decorating style until I discovered your blog. Now I know. It is exactly like yours. For example, I have been putting white roses and greens in an ironstone pitcher for many years, and decorating in many of the ways mentioned above. I love your blog, I love your style and I could move right into your home and be happy forever.

    1. Oh my goodness Ruth!! That is the loveliest compliment – thank you so much!! I so appreciate your kindness and you taking the time to comment!

      Happy holidays to you!


  7. Thank you so much for the elegant but simple ideas. There are no holiday home tours this year so I especially appreciate your post. Merry Christmas!

  8. Absolutely lovely! I pinned almost all your photos, love your style! I have many of the basics you used, like a silver tray and an old urn, and just ordered some mercury glass ornaments from Pottery Barn. I love the way you used them to decorate for the holidays. I also like that some of the ideas are not strictly “Christmas”(like decorating with greens) and can be used through the rest of the winter. I especially like collecting pillow covers, and avoid those that we strictly Christmas and keep them out after the holidays. Really appreciate your posts! Thanks and have a great holiday season

    1. What a lovely comment to wake up to – thank you Deanne! And yes, I completely agree! I leave pinecones and greenery out after Christmas! And even mercury glass ornaments look lovely in a bowl in January.

      I’m so happy you loved the post – happy holidays to you too!