Decking the halls with boughs of holly is just the beginning of decorating your home for Christmas. From the largest and most ornate tree to pinecones filling an antique wooden bowl, Christmas decor can take many forms. Give your home Christmas spirit using one of a variety of ways — from a collection of antique Santa to a mid-century modern white metallic tree sporting pink twinkle lights.
So, here are my interior decorating ideas for Christmas for those who are running out of time, those on a budget, or those who just want the whole process of decking the halls to go by quickly. With some quick DIY projects, thrift store finds, and items from your own backyard you can create some beautiful holiday spaces instantly!
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1. Put up a Christmas tree.
Well, this is the easiest and quickest way to add that Christmas charm to your home. The most obvious way to bring Christmas into your home is by adding a Christmas tree in your home no matter what kind of tree it is. It can be big, small, silver, gold, made of paper, or just a tiny rosemary plant. Whether you like a classic Douglas fir or a white tree with colorful lights, either way, it’s the number one way to make your house ready for the holiday season. Christmas ornaments can be made by hand like the star ornaments we made from popsicle sticks on our neutral Christmas tree.
2. Hang up a Christmas wreath.
A Christmas wreath hanging on your front door will welcome your holiday guests into your home, but wreaths look great inside too. You can DIY a spiffy red and green wreath by adding ornaments and other Christmas items or you can simply hang a plain pine needle wreath with a ribbon to give off the holiday vibe. Wreaths are a fun and easy way to bring the yuletide spirit to your home. I use wreaths almost everywhere in our home, and what is great is you can find great sales on them at the stores or make them out of natural elements from your yard. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to be beautiful.
3. Light some candles
Lighting can really set the mood for warm and cozy winter days. Lighting a candle or a group of candles in some holiday decor can really bring your Christmas decorations to the next level. Candles look great as centerpieces on tables, vignettes and on any piece of furniture in your home, and as a bonus, the holiday ones smell great and set the mood with great scents like cinnamon and baked goods. Use candles you already have around the house and surround them with some holiday elements to create the perfect centerpiece that didn’t cost you a penny. Or make your own candles!
4. Bring out some throws and holiday pillows.
Adding cozy blankets and holiday pillows with pops of gold, green, red, or any other fun holiday colors is a great way to add warmth to your everyday home decor. Plaids, Christmas patterns, holiday colors, and even DIYing a Christmas themed pillow is the perfect way to bring the cozy decor in your home. A tip for a quick plaid throw: we purchased some cheap plaid fabric from Walmart and used it as a holiday throw and no one knew the difference!
5. Wrap those gifts early.
Adding Christmas gifts and placing them under the tree it adds that thrill to your holiday decor. There are a million ways you can wrap Christmas gifts, and you can even wrap faux boxes to look like Christmas gifts to place them under your tree or add to your Christmas vignettes before you wrap your actual gifts. Add some cute ribbon, some ornaments, and even some chalkboard gift tags and you have some lovely holiday decor for under your tree. Wrapping tip: The dollar store sells great brown craft paper that looks great paired with some natural elements you can find in your yard. Cheap and chic holiday wrapping paper!
6. Create holiday inspired vignettes.
By creating some simple holiday vignettes throughout your home, you really can set the mood for Christmas with just a few elements. For example, some ornaments, a wreath, some natural elements from your yard, a few candles, and a small Christmas tree can go a long way! Use your imagination and play around with some holiday decor that you already must make some Christmas vignettes in your home on buffets, dressers, media stands, coffee tables, and more. Most of these items in our vignettes were DIY projects, found at thrift stores, free, or things that we already had proving yet again that it doesn’t have to be expensive to be festive and beautiful!
7. Get your dining room holiday ready.
You might not be throwing a huge Christmas party at your house this holiday season, but by adding some Christmas decor to your dining room you can really turn every meal you and your family have into a festive feast. By simply adding a centerpiece of candles and some greenery or any holiday centerpiece of your choice, your dining room instantly screams Christmas. Remember it doesn’t have to cost a lot to be beautiful. We created some candle centerpieces with beans, a glass jar, and a candle for a simple holiday look.
8. Create a Hot Chocolate Bar.
Or any kind of festive bar. Creating a quick and easy hot chocolate bar or drink bar is a great way to make your home instantly ready for a holiday party. Again, this doesn’t have to cost a lot and you can just use things you already have like coffee cups, straws, hot chocolate, marshmallows, and other utensils. In minutes you can bring your holiday decor and parties from drab to fab with a lovely hot chocolate bar that everyone will be talking about.