17 Easy Christmas Decoration Ideas for Your Home!

Frazzled by how to get your house festive without the use of more f words?  17 easy, inexpensive and calminggggg Christmas decorating ideas for a fantastic holiday season.  

Vintage white, metal rusted toy truck with miniature wreath and red bow on the grill with garland in foreground.

It takes me 3 days to decorate my house for Christmas. I’m not sure if this makes me uniquely qualified or unqualified to give tips on Christmas decorating, but I have some of my best tips laid out for you in this post. 

This year I’m in the curious position all of us are in. I really want my house to envelop me in every bit of Christmas coziness it can muster but at the same time I’m exhausted and unhinged. That means, I don’t know if I have the energy to do over the top decorating. It also means, I’m eating a lot of fried foods.

I’m also not sure that I want that kind of oppressive, over the top, choking on garland look I’m normally partial to. I need calm. I need easy. I need french fries.

The main reason it takes me so long to decorate my house is that I change it up every single year. Part of that is because I’m nonsensical and the other part is because I feature my house on my blog every year and figure you’ll report me to the bloggers authority if I don’t feature new and exciting things every year.  I don’t begrudge you that. It’s kind of your duty as a blog reader. 

So EVEN if I do things “easier” this year, it’ll still take me forever because I’ll have to figure out the best way to do it by trial and error.

You can see how I’ve decorated for Christmas over the past 8 years in my Christmas House Tours here. 

I’m counting on there being a few tips in here that you can implement yourself this year; like placing twigs around your flopping paper whites. Or getting drunk.

 

In no particular order,

17 Christmas Decorating Ideas

 as told by a Christmas addict.

White bottle brush trees on cake stands for Christmas decorating on an antique marble topped candy counter.

1. To hang a wreath from cupboard doors, install a screw in cup hook or a 3M sticky hook on the inside of the cupboard door.  Wrap fishing line around your wreath then hang it from the cuphook on the inside of the door.  To make it look like it’s hanging from ribbon just wrap ribbon around the wreath and attach it to the cup hook as well.  It’ll look like the wreaths are hanging by the ribbons but they’re actually being supported by the fishing line. THIS look is pretty calm. I like it for this year.

2.  FOR EVERY CHRISTMAS PIECE YOU PUT OUT, TAKE AWAY A REGULAR ACCESSORY. Keep a Rubbermaid bin or cardboard box with you as you decorate, placing all the regular accessories into it.  Then when you take Christmas away you’ll have all your regular stuff together in one spot making it easy to put out again in January.

Multiple red berry sprigs in a modern white base.

 

3. Sometimes all you need to do is add a little Christmas colour. I had these berry sprigs that I bought for a wreath but didn’t like them in it. Which is a good thing because they look a million times better bunched in a vase. Again. It’s simple but looks Christmassy without making you feel like you’re being eaten alive by the ghost of Santa.

4. ADD SPARKLE.  I like a rustic Christmas more than anything else but even I make sure there’s some glitter going on.  You can get glitter from candle holders, a bowl of glittery pine cones, shaking an exotic dancer around your house,  wine glasses or using sparkly ribbon on top of a burlap table runner.

Gold sparkle branches surrounding paper white flowers to keep them from flopping over.

 

5.  Keep your Amaryllis or Paperwhite upright by surrounding the plant with twigs.  The twigs stop the leaves and flowers from toppling over when they get too tall.  Also … I get my glitter fix.

6. SCENTED CANDLES or plugins.  If it smells like Christmas it’ll feel like Christmas.The world’s best scented Christmas Candle is Frasier Fir by Thymes.  It is OUTSTANDING.  They also make hand soap, car fresheners and reed oil dispensers all in the delicious Frasier Fir scent. I own the room spray, candles, candle melts, car air freshener and reed diffuser. And yet – I want more.


Sheepskin rug and mini artificial Christmas tree displayed in room with antique furniture.

7. Santa doesn’t have to barf on your room to make it seem festive.  In the case of my bedroom just adding a sheepskin mat to the floor and a cheap Ikea Christmas tree make it cozy and holiday-like. Again – nice and calm. 

8. PUT YOUR LIGHTS ON TIMERS. Just do it.  Inside, outside … doesn’t matter.  Do ’em all.

Greenery with gold leaves draped over hooks on painted white wall.

 

9. Ornaments you already own are the cheapest way to decorate. Put them in bowls, mugs, vases or baskets. In this case, my antique egg basket holds my antique ornaments.

Below my DIY hanging magazine rack shows off some vintage ornaments. You can learn how to make the magazine rack here.

10. DOME IT.  Glass cloches (otherwise known as domes) are available everywhere now.  Big, small, it doesn’t matter.  Slip a glass dome over just about anything and it looks great and makes the thing inside seem as special as 5 legged cat.  Only cuter.

Bottle brush trees in white sand in bowl for an easy Christmas table decoration.

11. The snowy scene on my sofa table is just a platter with white Dollar Store trees and plastic snow sprinkled in.  That’s it.  O.K., and a garland and a sparkly candle and a white tree. This year it might feel like too much to me and I’d probably just have the garland and one other thing.

12. Vintage metal trucks SCREAM Christmas. I have no idea why.  I blame Hallmark movies.  I can also tell you that this random white truck that I bought at an antique store is one of the most commented on things in my house.  Everyone love sit and no one really knows why.  So if you can, pick up an antique metal truck if you ever see one.  If you’re impatient Amazon has tons of replica vintage metal trucks. 

13. FRUIT! One of my favourite holiday decorations are fruit and nuts. They’re festive AND edible. Mixed nuts in their shells, clementine oranges and pears are my favourites.

14. Pine Cones.  If you can shove, hang, prop or display a pine cone in or on it DO IT.  They’re cheap, festive and available everywhere from stores to the street.  If you’re fancy you can buy the big ones that are covered in gold glitter.

Christmas Tour 1

Glue them on presents, put them in bowls, scatter them on tables or bookshelves.

 

 

15. Get your wrapping done. Just having wrapped presents around makes your house feel like Christmas. This year, it’s going to be simple for me. No over the top crazy wrapping but it will be beautiful. I haven’t entirely decided what I’m doing and with what materials, but I do  know it’s going to be simple, oversized ribbon and plain paper similar to what I did a few years ago. Just a classic, simple, old fashioned Christmas look.

16. Just a few sprigs. You don’t need masses of store bought greenery, garland and wreaths. Just a few sprigs of anything evergreen from your yard can have an impact.

 

17. Don’t forget the porch or whatever main door you use to get into your house. Just a little porch tree will make you smile with its Christmas cheer every time you come home.

BONUS CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIP:  JUST BECAUSE YOU OWN IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO PUT IT OUT.

I still have the same glass ornaments I walked into this house with and I’ll never get rid of them.  I didn’t decorate with them this year but I did 2 years ago and I’m sure I will again in the future. So they stay.  

But in the same box I have a bunch of older decorations that I loved at one point but kind of roll my eyes at now.  I used to try to find a place to just stick them but now I realize just because I own them doesn’t mean I have to put them out.  If I don’t like them or don’t have room for them I either don’t put them out or I get rid of them.

MY FINAL BONUS TIP.

 

The most important thing to remember when you’re decorating for Christmas is, you really can’t go wrong. It’s pretty forgiving and pretty hard to make a mistake. I mean,  we put entire, full sized, living trees in our rooms and don’t think a thing of it. What other time of year would this seem sane to us?  Then we cover it with flashing lights. 

So no.  You really can’t screw up Christmas decorating.  Just have fun, make it cozy and shake that ho, ho, ho around.
 

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17 Easy Christmas Decoration Ideas for Your Home!

166 Comments

  1. Sofia says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea its really help me a lot keep posting such amazing ideas

  2. Dinah lynn says:

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  3. Carla Smith says:

    Karen,
    May I offer a little trick that I use to keep those annoying lamp cords from showing like in the knee space of the desk in the bedroom decorated for Christmas here. I use regular cup hooks on the back of my leggy furniture to keep cords out of view. It works like a charm.

  4. Craig Potter says:

    I love all these ideas! Thank you for the inspiration!

  5. Debbie says:

    Thanks, Karen. You made me realize that I paid twice as much for a new mailbox swag from Pottery Barn than could have paid for the same item from Amazon!!! JK – posting this so your readers won’t be sucked into buying the overpriced mediocre item from Pottery Barn like I did. I have had one for years (prelit, cordless battery operated, with a timer) but it looked tired so I replaced it. They are a nice touch when lit up at night. XO

  6. Scout says:

    Beautiful. Simple details that are cheerful little pops of joy. And I’m head over heels in love with that truck. Thanks for the great ideas.

  7. Gail says:

    Like you, I take down my non- seasonal items when I put out holiday decor. But now….I will do it smarter, all my take downs go in 1 bin. Thanks for idea

  8. Suzette Taylor says:

    These decorating suggestions were just what I needed this year. I’m old enough to have a LOT of ornaments but not energetic enough to put up a tree anymore. Last year, a local Christmas tree vendor let me collect the branches he’d cut off his trees, and I put them in a big pot and decorated them with lights (took just one string) and a handful of my oldest, shinest balls. I was still in the mood for decorating just then, so I grabbed some of the most meaningful ornaments and festooned the houseplants. Then I poured myself a glass of wine and flopped on the couch to enjoy my Christmas bush, and Christmas fig tree, and Christmas cacti.

  9. Lin says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Karen, and all your friends, just crack me up. Down here, we are still dressed for our Thanksgiving. I am going to bust my budget buying candles. What I take away for decorations, I put in the box that the decorations were in. Then the switch out is easy. Your bonus tip is pure wisdom.
    Peace

  10. Heather says:

    Since I’m so late to this party, there’s probably nothing left to say, so I’ll just say I love it! I shared your post with my three daughters, since we’re all into thrifty solutions for the holidays. Your blog is such a treat, Karen. It’s one of the few things I do not delete automatically from my inbox. I always pop by for a little look, because you are such an entertaining internet pal. Thanks for all the hard work you do. I know you can’t help being busy and this is your job ‘n all, but you do it so well, and your fans out in cyber space appreciate it. Really, really. xo

  11. Miriam Mc Nally says:

    Karen, the scented candle you need is Kenneth Turner Original. It is divine. From an aromatherapist that says a lot. That is all.

    • Miriam Mc Nally says:

      I clicked “post comment” before I saw your update, but still think Kenneth Turner are THE best candles, ever.
      And THE best decorating tip, ever, is yours “JUST BECAUSE YOU OWN IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO PUT IT OUT.”

      • Karen says:

        Miriam! I just looked on Amazon Canada for the candle and it’s $1,000 😂 Do you have any $2,000 potpourri you’d like to recommend? 🤣 I see on Amazon.com it’s cheaper at $350. And other than that they don’t have the original, just “signature”. :/ ~ karen!

      • nancy says:

        I buy Yankee candles at Goodwill. They look like crap, but you can clean the glass up.
        When I pay full price and burn it twice, it will look just like the Goodwill candle. NOT PAYING 365#^%$.

      • Barb says:

        For those in the US near a Kroger or King Sooper’s grocery store, they sell a Candle-Lite limited edition, hefty 18oz “Christmas Tree Farm” scented candle jar on sale for less than $5 – smells amazing.

  12. Benjamin says:

    My favorite time of year when I get to shake my Ho, Oh No…

  13. Cussot says:

    Well, way back when I slept with a guy who lived in a truck like that … it wasn’t exactly a Hallmark movie, but hey, close enough.

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