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20 Minute Decorating: Christmas Shelf Decor

Easy ideas for Christmas shelf decor that can be accomplished in 20 minutes or less. Includes festive pops of red, boxwood wreaths, ribbon, ironstone pitchers, and more!

boxwood wreaths on ribbons hanging from shelves

Welcome to the last edition of 20 Minute Decorating for 2020! This year has been full of surprises and challenges. We hope that our monthly posts have provided not only easy decor inspiration, but also a respite from everything going on in the world. Thanksgiving is behind us, and we can finally turn our full attention to Christmas. I kicked off our Christmas decor with the front porch, and it continues now with the shelves in our living room. 

christmas shelf decor in living room

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Christmas Shelf Decor Tip

Here is the key to easily changing the look of these shelves for the seasons: the base accessories are all neutral in color. All the pitchers and the lanterns are a creamy off-white. The dough bowl adds a rustic touch, but is also a neutral color. This makes it so simple to add the colors of the season, without completely reinventing the wheel. 

Over the years, I’ve had many questions about the pitcher collection, how I started, and how to put one together. My best advice is to simply collect what you love. None of my pitchers are expensive or valuable. They have been picked up at places like HomeGoods and TJMaxx, thrift stores, and antique malls. I also roam around Etsy and eBay occasionally to see what’s available. The pitcher collection is a mixture of cream and white. Some are plain, and some are embossed. They mostly live on our shelves and in our china cabinets…but they are also used to display fresh flowers. I like to think of the pitchers as a working collection. They are functional and beautiful at the same time. 

christmas shelf decor ideas in living room

You can see how the dough bowl looked for fall {HERE.} To switch it over to Christmas, I emptied it, and added faux greenery. The greenery is left-over bits and pieces that I’ve collected over the years. The striped ball ornaments provide that much-needed and festive pop of red, plus a good amount of texture. 

easy christmas shelf decor

For an unexpected touch, I hung mini boxwood wreaths from the shelves with red striped ribbon. I simply used scotch tape to stick the ribbon to the shelves. Behind the wreaths, I placed three Mod Podge terra cotta pots filled with round red ornaments. I left the existing pitchers, lanterns, and other accessories in place. From start to finish, this festive Christmas shelf decor update took 15 minutes. 

The only new addition to this Christmas shelf decor is the striped ball ornaments. They were a budget-friendly option I picked up at Hobby Lobby. The terra cotta pots were a DIY project. I already had the ribbon, mini boxwood wreaths, greenery, and red ball ornaments. So not only was this update quick, it was inexpensive. 

wreaths hanging from ribbons on christmas shelf

Christmas Shelf Decor Sources

christmas shelf decor in neutral living room

Now that we’re officially in Christmas mode, I’ll be sharing some more decor ideas, new gift tags, a pomegranate drink recipe, and a few other surprises. As I write this, the first snow of the season is gently falling outside, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Blessings to you all. 

Now it’s time to see the Christmas inspiration my friends are sharing!

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