I’ve officially turned the corner…fall and Thanksgiving are finished and it’s time to move on to Christmas! I thought I would start out with some very easy Christmas decorating ideas. Inspiration that you can use to make something old look new again and reflect your own personal style. We can’t start over from scratch (no matter how much we would like to) so the challenge is refreshing what we already have. I always end up buying a few new things…I splurged and bought us new stockings this year…but most of what you will see in 2016 has been seen before. Hopefully, we can make our things look fresh, festive & fun…so on to the tips and ideas!
Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas
Natural elements are my favorite kind of decor any time of the year, but especially at Christmas. Sometimes you can get them for free. If you are lucky enough to have pine trees or boxwood planted in your yard, just head outside and start snipping. Make your own garlands or wreaths. Fill pitchers and jars to set around your home. Don’t limit yourself to just greenery. Here is a list of other types of natural elements that work with any style decor and almost any budget.
- Fresh greenery – pine, boxwood, juniper, cedar or the ultimate in fresh greenery…Leyland cypress.
- Berries – holly, cranberries, pepperberries
- Seeded eucalyptus
- Pine cones
- Poinsettias, mini Norfolk Pines
- Unshelled nuts – walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts
- Fresh fruit – apples, pomegranates, green pears
I love to tie ribbon on just about everything. I use different widths, textures and colors. Ribbon is an easy way to add different patterns because it’s inexpensive. It’s not a big investment to buy a few different bolts of ribbon so it’s a fun way to add interest. Here are some simple ideas for adding ribbon:
- Add it to wreaths or use it to hang wreaths (on doors, chair backs, handles.)
- Tie it around candles or pitcher handles.
- Tie it to the top of lanterns or on basket handles.
- Add ribbon around pots or urns.
- Stack your flatware and tie a ribbon around it.
- Tie it around napkins.
Candles are the easiest way to add softness to any space. Their soft glow adds warmth too and just makes you feel cozy. If you choose scented candles, you have the added bonus of aromatherapy. Candles can be grouped together to make an easy centerpiece or coffee table arrangement. Vary the heights and add some filler around them to really make a statement.
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Pillows & Throws
A list of easy Christmas decorating ideas wouldn’t be complete without the mention of pillows and throws. What could be easier? There are so many holiday designs to choose from in all price ranges…or go with solid red. Several years ago I picked up two red velvet pillow covers at IKEA. I got them without really knowing what I would do with them…and they have turned out to be the best thing ever. I use them every year at Christmas. They have moved around but I always find a place for them. Not sure where they will land this year but rest assured they will pop up!
Click HERE if you want to take a look at a Holiday Shopping Guide I made featuring red throws.
Like ribbon…it’s probably no secret that I love banners. The best kind of banners are DIY and if you can swing it, free as well. Pictured below is a grain sack pennant banner and a mitten banner. Directions for both can be found at this link:
DIY Wall Art | Free Printables
Here are all the free Christmas printables available so far on my blog. I’ve been making them for a few years now and the collection is growing. They make great, free DIY wall art or you can use them for cards and banners.
- JOY printables
- Christmas chalkboard printables
- Watercolor Christmas printables (Merry & Bright, ‘Tis the Season, Have a Holly Jolly)
- Graphic Christmas printables (Sleigh Bells Ring, O Holy Night, Merry Christmas)
- Isaiah 9 chalkboard printable
- Isaiah 9 starburst printable
Now it’s time to share some easy Christmas decorating ideas from my farmhouse friends…
Whew! Thanks for hanging in there until the end…I know this was a long one. I hope you got some great ideas and are inspired to deck your halls! See you soon…
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