Decorating and entertaining for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful or taxing, it can be simple and fun if it’s not taken it too seriously and time isn’t wasted trying to create that Martha Stewart perfection. Open the window to more holiday decorating options by decorating for the season rather than a specific holiday, this also means the décor doesn’t need to change as quickly. Use the following 20 tips to add quick and easy holiday ideas and decorative touches to a home. Pick one, two or all 20 tips to boost the holiday feel and create that festive spirit.
20 Quick And Easy Holiday Ideas
Simple homemade tiny wreaths made of evergreens or rosemary wired to a small ring with a bow are festive and fast.
2. Scented Sachets
Tiny holiday cloth bags filled with pine and cinnamon scattered throughout touch a different sense with their scents.
3. Wrapped in Ribbon
Buy holiday ribbon and wrap it around everyday items, add a pinecone, bell or small ornament for additional flair.
4. Double Glass
Put a small glass container with a votive candle into a larger glass container and fill the space between with sprigs of rosemary, fake snowflakes, ornaments or ribbon. Cluster several together for a centerpiece.
5. Green Wrapping
Wrap gifts in simple, untreated brown paper that can be recycled and then use elaborate bows that can be reused again and again.
6. Welcome Statement
Make the front entrance zing with an overstated garland and wreath.
7. Heirloom Ornaments
Create swags and centre pieces with personal touches by using heirloom ornaments.
8. Family Photos
Frame the Family photos from holidays past and give them centre stage in shiny metallic frames.
9. Unusual Colours
Rather than using the traditional red and green, trying using unexpected colours in traditional ways.
10. Place Markers
Get small personalized ornaments for guests and use as place markers on the table settings.
11. Homemade Ornaments
Make a homemade Christmas ornaments with the kids such as this DYI Santa’s Workshop Ornament or make cinnamon cookie ornaments to give the tree a homemade and fragrant touch.
12. Decorate Outdoors
More holiday ideas are to also decorate the outdoors. Give empty planters, bird houses and bird baths a holiday touch with oversized ornaments, strings of baubles and large ribbons.
13. Gifts to Give
Wrap token gifts of cookies, chocolates, champagne or wine and create a display that can be plucked from during emergencies.
The flickering warmth of candlelight feels festive, add more candles to the décor.
15. More Gifts
Wrap small boxes and scatter them throughout to give a little holiday boost to a stack of books or a bookcase or the top of a mantle.
16. Wrap it in Paper
Wrap regular items like liquid hand soap, votives, and photo frames with wrapping paper.
17. Tie Sprigs of Holly
Sprigs of holly tied onto ordinary items somehow make them feel festive and seasonal.
18. Collect Pinecones
Collect pinecones and stack them in large glass containers or bowls. Add more flair by painting the tips white or adding a few coloured balls to the display.
19. Flowers and Canes
Hang candy canes from vases or potted plants to give them some holiday ideas and cheer.
20. Clear it Out
The opposite of decorating, but remove all other decorations so holiday décor can take centre stage.
With the 20 holiday ideas above it’s easy to decorate for the holidays without spending a lot of money, time or effort. Share your favourite holiday ideas with us! Comment below!
I love these ideas This gift looks amazing
The first photo reminds me of Advent wreaths in Germany. The first candle is lit on the 1st Advent Sunday, on the 2nd Advent candle two candles are lit and so it continues until all four are burning.
love the double glass idea
I love holiday decorating! I really love the Homemade Ornaments tip… so great for a nice homey feel!
I love the idea of wrapping small gifts and using them as decorations . I’m also going to be wrapping presents in recyclable paper this year after hearing how much wrapping paper ends up in landfills .
There’s so many great ideas here and I especially like the family photos idea
Excellent tips. This reminds me that there really is so much you could do to make the home festive!
Thank you! And it doesn’t have to be too expensive too!
Good neat original ideas, nice decorations to welcome your guests and enjoy the holidays.
I do like the ‘Gift wrapped in brown paper’, it looks pretty and is a great idea.