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Eight Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas

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Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas

Holiday Decorating Ideas


Simple and easy ideas to get you on the road to a happy holiday season with minimal stress.

There is no need to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful holiday home!

These tips are budget friendly, and many utilize what you probably already have around the house.

There are two decisions you should make first, when setting up the plan for your holiday decor.

1) Decide on a color theme.

If you haven't done this in the past, then select the two or three colors that will comprise your holiday decor. At least one of the colors should be from your home's overall color palette.

For example, your home may be decorated in shades of blue, tan and cream with accents of green. So, your holiday color theme will include blue and gold. By using blue in your holiday selections you'll be consistent with both color palettes.

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2) Decide on the overall theme of your holiday home, and what elements may be found in it.

For example, you might want a retro look, vintage, country, classic or contemporary theme. The beautiful photo above shows a traditionally styled home with classic, neutral decor

From there, determine if you are going to utilize a particular element, such as birds nests and feathers for a country theme. You will use these elements throughout your decorating to keep the theme consistent.

And, before you begin to decorate, put away your non-holiday nic nacs and display pieces.

Why? You don't want your holiday decor to look messy. You want clean, beautiful, easy to look at and relaxing types of displays.


Eight Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas

1. Evergreen branches and roping are a fundamental element in simple and easy holiday decorating. Fresh branches will bring that holiday scent into your home, so try to use at least a few of these if you can.

Faux greenery roping is available in a variety of sizes and 'species', some with pine cones, berries and more added in for color and interest. Even better, add your own special holiday touches of pine cones, berries and bulbs, as shown in this photo.

I always like to have some faux roping on hand that is a little bit more delicate and lightweight for small displays.

Use this element on the mantel, as a base for other displays, on windowsills, gracing a picture frame, etc. By cutting the branches and roping into smaller pieces it gains great versatility.

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2. Take an inventory of all of your cabinets and pull out the vases, bowls, antique dishes, jars, teacups, platters...anything that can hold and display your holiday decor.

I'll bet you will find a variety of pieces that have been collecting dust for quite a long time! Pull them out, dust them off, polish them up if need be, and put them to use!

Go to a flea market or consignment shop and hunt for unusually shaped or interesting vases and containers...vary the sizes as well.

If your decor leans toward rustic, look for old boxes or tins, too. You could take an item like this, fill it with fresh evergreen branches and have a great holiday display.

Holiday Centerpiece

3. Select fruit, vegetables, nuts, berries, pastas and more, that fit with your home and holiday color scheme.

Inexpensive and plentiful, they can be used by themselves as colorful display items or combined with other elements in those vases, etc. that you 'found' in your cabinets!

HOLIDAY DECORATING IDEA: Think about layering several different elements in a vase or container, including some small pieces of greenery, for a festive holiday display.

Christmas Candles used to decorate your home

4. Use candles and candlesticks (yes..go through the drawers and cabinets!) of varying sizes and shapes. I have quite a variety of crystal candlesticks, some antique brass candlesticks and others that I've acquired over the years, and you probably have a few as well.

Display them in three's or other odd numbered grouping. When displaying your candlesticks it is not necessary to have a candle in each one. They are beautiful on their own as part of a display.

If you have a set of two candlesticks, stand some up, then lay one down across the base the another to create an interesting vignette.

As for the candles, I suggest that you keep them to one color, possibly two, for consistency, but go ahead and use different sizes and widths.

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Nothing says 'holidays' better than a fuzzy faux fur mantel scarf! It adds instant style and a sense of the special time the holidays bring.

White-on-white styling with silver accents is awesome, too. 65"w x 10"d; $35.

Fanciful Reindeer and Ornaments removable and reusable wall decor will create a memorable display!

The wood patterned reindeer silhouette includes dangling ornaments in a variety of colors and styles. Place them as you wish 32" x 50", $26.99 from Roommates Decor

Serve your holiday guests with this 20 pc. nostalgic earthenware set.  Four each of dinner, salad, canape plates, 4 bowls and 4 mugs, in a red, green & brown vintage pattern set on an ivory background with twig style rim accent. Darling!  $100.00

Such a unique tree, I just had to include it!

Crafted of PVC and metal, 1137 tips and a sage frosted tree design, this 7 ft pre-lit hard needle Christmas Tree will be the focal point of your natural holiday decor. $410.00

I love the delicate detail of these handcrafted textured glass tealight lanterns from our friends at Plow & Hearth.

Battery powered LED bulbs create a safe way to light up these lanterns. $5.00 to $35.00 ea.

Hand blown glass trees with a lovely, rippled look are stunning. Display them as a pair or combine them with other, colorful holiday decor.

Small tree is 4.75" x 9"; Large is 5" x 12". $25 - $35

Use just one or purchase them all, this trio of faux fresh cypress topiaries will create a naturally colorful holiday look in your home.

At 22", 30" and 37" high, they are so versatile! $25 - $50

Happy Holidays quote that can be placed anywhere in your home, then removed and stored for next year!

Would look great in an entry, family room, or any area of your home. $23.99

Keep the reason for the season in your heart and in your home with this beautifully crafted Holy Family from Enesco Foundations. Gorgeous detail.

Size 8" x 12", $100

Natural looking noble fir needles with pine cones, eucalyptus and cypress create a beautiful holiday wreath and garland, offered in both lit and unlit options.

Priced from $85 to $169

Forego the tree skirt for a natural mango wood and galvanized metal tree collar. Also offered in seagrass, coastal shells, woven, and 'Santa belt' styles.


How adorable are these little reindeer tealight holders, with their holly berry antlers and hand painted bodies?

They're sure to bring holiday cheer to your home! 16" and 19" high, $28 - $36

Rustic crock with greens and small white lightsRustic crock with greens and small white lights

5. Lace a small string of white mini lights through greens of some of your displays. Place them under some of the greens - not all on top - and it will make the display glow beautifully.

This simple crock is a wonderful example of how to take the ordinary, add some organic elements, greens and white lights, and you have a charming holiday display! 

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HOLIDAY DECORATING IDEA: If you live in or near the country, just go outside and take a walk to see what variety of flora and fauna might be available.

6. Use natural materials that can be purchased in bunches and then separated, like babys breath, and use in small quantities in displays and placed in between the branches of the Christmas tree as a filler.

I love the simplicity of the display shown here...glass bottles, cherished photos and natural greenery inside as well as around the collection. What could be easier?

When I lived in the Midwest I would go out in the fall when the natural grasses had died and pick some very interesting branches and bundles to use in our log home holiday decor.

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7. Buy wide, wire edged ribbon that matches your color/theme and use it throughout your displays and on the Christmas tree. It will retain the shape you create, then can be rolled up and re-used next year.

You can use it just about anywhere, just be careful and edit yourself so you don't end up with a house full of ribbon!

HOLIDAY DECORATING IDEA: If you have a small cup and saucer, for example, place a Christmas bulb in it, add just a touch of greens, and it becomes a lovely little display that can stand alone or as part of a vignette.

Holiday display using collection of SantasHoliday display using collection of Santas

8. Use existing Christmas ornaments that fit into your color scheme. Place them on the Christmas tree(s), carefully placed among the greenery, lights, candles etc. on the mantel or sideboard, fill a clear glass vase, etc.

Collections of Santas, angels, snowmen, or similar, are great pieces to incorporate into your displays as well if they fit into your theme.

So there you have it. Easy and simple holiday decorating ideas that are not costly.

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