I love decorating my entire house for Christmas. But over the years, I have learned that I don’t need to pack away all my regular home décor items and replace them with Christmas things - which has helped make the process much easier!
Here are some quick and easy holiday decorating ideas that will take 10 minutes or less, and that utilize everyday items already in your home:
Don’t ignore your lamps or hanging light fixtures. Wrap a simple garland of berries and leaves around the top of a lampshade, or intertwine them in a hanging fixture for a very simple holiday fixture.
Instead of completely replacing a table centerpiece, add a few holiday touches to jazz up your existing one for the season.
A silver tray (one of my favorite thrift store purchases) topped with a variety of sparkly candle holders and a few strings of pearls creates a glamorous, glitzy and super-fast centerpiece.
Holiday Vase Display
If you have a vase already in use somewhere in your home, simply convert the contents to fit the season and you’ve got a lovely display. I use glittered twigs, silk poinsettias, and a few sprigs of berries to holiday-up my vase. Add a glitzy bow and ribbon for some added pop, and you’re done.
A metal candle holder is easily transformed for the holidays with a few quick changes. Swap out regular candles with some glittering holiday-toned varieties. To add even more pizzazz, purchase a few holiday sprigs or flowers with clips on the back, then simply clip them to the candle holder to change the entire look of the piece.
This might be a no-brainer, but swapping out or just adding one holiday throw pillow to your couch or chair is a fast way to say "Holidays!"
I like to shop the after-Christmas sales to get the best bargain prices on holiday throw pillows. I’ve got little burlap pillows that are absolutely adorable: one has a snowflake, the other has the word JOY on it. I spent a whopping $1 on each at Target the day after Christmas a few years ago and now I use them every year!
Giant Snow Globe
This is such an easy project, but it makes a big statement once it’s assembled.
Grab a large glass vase, apothecary jar, or Mason jar. Add “snow” to the bottom (approximately 2-3 inches, depending on the size of your jar); you can purchase a bag of plastic snowflakes at the craft store, or use Epsom salts.
Next, add your snow globe items. I added two accessories from a Christmas village - a small Christmas tree and a figurine of children building a snowman - and I was done with this project in about 39 seconds!
You can get as creative as you like with your snow globes, like adding a variety of different ornaments in white and silver hues, a sparkly vintage building from a Christmas village set, or a few twigs and some little birds from the craft store. Let your imagination run wild and just have fun with it! This is a great project to get the kids involved, too.
One final tip: If cash is tight but your holiday spirit is large, try hitting the thrift stores and second-hand stores for some new Christmas decorations. You’ll be surprised what bargains you will find.