Super Fast Christmas Decorating Ideas

by Robyn Wright on December 20, 2012

in Living

Until yesterday morning, I was totally under the impression I had an additional week until Christmas was here. Then I heard 5 shopping days – UH OH! That knocked me into reality quickly. As I am writing this I still have several gifts to buy, I need to do all the stockings, our tree is up but without any lights or ornaments on it, not one cookie has been baked, the cards are still in the box from the store, and I could go on and on. YIKES! I needed some ideas for easy decorating and found a few that I thought I would share.

christmas cloche martha stewart

This is so incredibly easy! Take some pretty ornaments, ribbons, whatever and tuck them in full under a cloche (aka dome). Now, I personally do not have a bunch of these glass domes laying around but I do have a few cake stands with domes and I could use the dome with or without the base. Thanks Martha Stewart, it is a good thing!

inverted glasses with mistletoe for christmas table decor

Why don’t I think of these things? Take a simple wine glass and invert it on your table. Under the glass put some holly (or use ornaments or any other item you want) and then also place a small candle on top in what is normally the bottom of the glass. Super easy idea from Interior Designing Blog.

candy canes she knows

I think all of us instantly associate candy canes with Christmas. The resident vegan over at She Knows has this simple idea of adding candy canes in a little cup or bowl as decoration. You could really go wild with the candy canes even because they are very inexpensive. Hang them or place them anywhere; using multiples of an item really can look beautiful. She also has a few other “vegan friendly” decorating ideas for the holidays.


lights in fireplace

Real Simple keeps it simple by adding a ball of lights to the fireplace for a festive look. You could use any color lights you like and you could have them in a ball like they do, or just wrap them in and around some actual (or fake) logs. Plug in the lights for that nice glow, but without the mess. Great if you live where it is too hot or if you don’t want to have a fire near the tree, or if you are having little kids as guests and want to be safe. Also great if you have a fireplace in disrepair or that hasn’t been swept in a while.

Do you have any super easy decorating ideas for the holidays to share?

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1 Kecia December 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Ohh, the wine glass idea is so pretty! Thankfully, we have a little one so we decorated early. I’m sure five years from now when the newness of having a child wears off, we won’t be so on the ball! :)

2 Robyn Wright January 1, 2013 at 9:06 pm

You’ve got lots of years, it wanes a bit during late teen years, but I’m hoping it comes back soon!

3 Jane m December 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Love the inverted win glass idea going yo cut holly from outside but I use battery operated candles with LO. Gonna send a pic of our fire place

4 Robyn Wright January 1, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Yes, I love those little flameless candles for everything!

5 Robin O December 21, 2012 at 5:39 am

I often use candy canes and other holiday candies as decor. I really like the wine glasses with greenery underneath; I will have to try that!

6 Margie December 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I like the wine glasses too. So creative and so easy! Robin, I hope you don’t stress too much over all your Holiday chores!

7 Robyn Wright January 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Nah, I survived!

8 Ginger Kay December 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

I have a cake stand, too, and it usually sits empty on top of a cabinet. I should think about ways to use it as a centerpiece, not just at Christmas, but other times of year, too.

9 Robyn Wright January 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm

For valentine’s you could find red, pink, and white heart shaped items, Easter eggs of course, etc. I think I’m going to have to watch for the after-holiday sales throughout the year to find multiples of those little things to use and save money!

10 Stephanie December 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I love the dome idea, but I see my 4 year twins picking it up and it all scattering in minutes.

11 Robyn Wright January 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

With little ones it is just more fun to have things it is ok to touch :-)

12 Elsie December 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I love the quick and easy decorations, also the handmade ones are fun!
We make paper chains and cut paper snowflakes to decorate the doorways and windows.
Involving the children is important.
Our house glows because of the family!

13 Robyn Wright January 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Awesome Elsie! I totally agree about involving kids!

14 Ravzie December 26, 2012 at 6:16 am

I have a ceramic Santa and reindeer that I made about 15 yrs ago. I pull it out every year, and voila, I’m all done decorating!

15 Rachel V December 27, 2012 at 1:43 am

Little late to share, I realize that, but maybe it’ll come in handy for someone for next year. Place green and red ornaments (tops facing down) in a wire basket, add a bow on the side and you have an instant table centerpiece.

16 Robyn Wright January 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Great idea Rachel!

17 ria January 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Gathering pine cones and some glue and glitter always makes for a nice christmas decoration

18 Wendy T January 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I really like the wine glass/candle holder. It could be changed for any holiday or birthday just by putting something else under it.

Making a mental note of that idea.

19 angie January 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

all so cute! I have to say that a strand of multicolored LED lights goes a long way. You can put them on your tabletop, string them across the ceiling or over a window, throw a strand over a fireplace mantel, etc.

20 Michelle S January 3, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Love love the christmas ornaments under the glass! So chic!

21 Kelsie January 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I wish I had seen these before Christmas. I’ll have to remember them for next year!!

22 terry petero February 4, 2013 at 12:27 am

Great ideas i would have never thought of some of them.

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