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!
Today’s post is part of our monthly series, 20 Minute Decorating. 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!
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 vintage French ironstone tureen on the kitchen table.
Mercury glass ornaments in a vintage bowl on the coffee table.
Pink and silver ornaments in a vintage urn.
Use wreaths to add seasonal cheer!
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! I’ve used small ones on the mantel in the kitchen and on the backs of chairs, and also on interior windows and doors.
Pine wreath on the wall in the dining room.
Mistletoe wreath hung on artwork in the kitchen.
Little white wreath on the range mantel in the kitchen.
Little wreaths added to the backs of the dining chairs.
Use greens to create that Christmas feeling
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 and other greenery. It’s wonderful for creating a natural touch, and it really makes a space feel festive!
Pine and cedar branches in a French urn in the living room.
A mix of pine branches and cedar in a bucket on the porch.
Some pine branches added to a white ironstone pitcher on a side table.
Add pinecones and other natural elements
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!
In fact, they 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!
Frosted pinecones in a little white planter on the coffee table.
Pinecones in a lantern on the porch.
Little pinecones in a silver bowl as part of a side table vignette.
Start a collection!
I just adore my bottle brush trees, and I love putting them all over the house during the holiday season. You could do something similar with almost anything; snowmen, brass bells, vintage Santas… whatever appeals to you. Scatter them around in each room, or group them together for impact. Either way, they bring seasonal cheer that’s simple and easy!
A grouping of bottle brush trees creates a vignette on the kitchen table.
Bottle brush trees under a glass cloche in the living room.
A collection of bottle brush trees on a silver tray in the living room.
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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 and some ornaments scattered around can bring holiday cheer to any space!
Please be sure to visit all the other simple holiday decorating posts below!
Shabbyfufu | How To Make New Christmas Ornaments Look Vintage
Maison de Cinq | Five Quick & Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas
StoneGable | Use What You Have Christmas Arrangement
Designthusiasm | Christmas Porch and Entry Foyer
On Sutton Place | Christmas Shelf Decor
In My Own Style | DIY Christmas Ornament Lamp Finial
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!!!!
What a lovely compliment! Thank you Janice, you truly made my day!! 🙂
And thanks for stopping by!
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!
Oh I love hearing that Breanna! And thank you!
Glad you stopped by!
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.
What a sweet compliment – thank you so much Donna!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Thank you so much Donna, I so appreciate that! And I’m not sure if you meant in person holiday tours, but I’ve been in a couple virtual ones if you want to check them out! You can go to this link: https://maisondecinq.com/category/seasonal-tours/holiday-tours/
Merry Christmas to you too!
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
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!