Monday, December 6, 2010

Some Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas

I like to decorate for Christmas, but I really don't like to un-decorate after Christmas.  I'm always looking for ideas that are easy to put up and easy to take down.  Following are some great decorating ideas that could be easy to do quickly but pack a lot of style.

This is so simple and doesn't involve putting up a tree or lights.  Just use a pretty footed dish and add ornaments and garland.  Notice that the ornaments are all new silver ones.  You could use any color you have on hand and put wadded up tissue paper underneath because the top layer of ornaments is all that shows anyway.  This garland looks vintage, but a new one would look great too.

Here is another take on the last idea but with clear glass.  In this picture a beautiful glass hurricane is used but even a glass mixing bowl would look elegant with pretty ornaments such as these.

Martha Stewart shares this idea.  There are lots of pretty jars available for purchase at places like the Dollar Store, Target or Walmart.  Or do what I do and save jars during the year and spray paint the lids.  I especially like Krylon's Cherry Red spray paint but use any color that fits your Christmas decor.  These make great decorations when displayed together and they can also be used as gifts and they don't require any baking.  Notice how Martha layered candies by color and type.  I used this idea last Easter with pastel M&Ms.

I love this ribbon candy but any pretty Christmas candy or even cookies would work.  This doesn't even require a footed dish.  Embellish with a few sprigs of greenery.

How pretty and simple is this?  Just a few solid, plaid and gingham ribbon spools in a large glass jar.  Notice the peppermint sticks in the jars; another take on Martha's idea.

Besides the beautiful walls, bed and linens in this room, is a cute little tree in a bucket.  A small tree is quicker to decorate and quicker to take down after Christmas but adds so much to a room.  Think about this if  you plan to have overnight guests at Christmas.  And don't miss those pretty wreaths in the windows.

This is another take on the small tree idea.  On this tree, all the ornaments are the same color.  Continuing the monochromatic theme are the jars of ornaments and the while lilies and poinsettias.  Use this idea on your kitchen table or a side table.  This could even be modified for your mantle.

This tree is covered in what looks like favorite family ornaments and toys.  I love that it's in the kitchen and the tree skirt appears to be a dish towel.  You could decorate the tree with kitchen gadgets, cookies or even small wrapped toys or gifts for the kids to open as an advent calendar.  Even a small tree with only lights would be pretty and add that holiday cheer to the kitchen.  Notice also the bottle brush trees and reindeer on the shelf in the back.

Now, this one may not be so simple but isn't it cute?  It spells out C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S.  Each letter of Christmas is the first letter of the item hanging below.  C - candy cane, H - heart, R - reindeer, I - ice skate, S - snowman, T - tree, M - mitten, A - angel, S - Santa!

I Looove this tree!  If you look real close, you can see that there isn't one ornament on the tree; only garlands.  Notice that the garlands are mostly red and white but you can use any that you have.  I liked this one because my garlands are easier to pack away than ornaments.  I always go for easier if it can look just as good.

So there are some simple Christmas decorating ideas that really dress up the spot they occupy but only take minutes to take down at the end of the season.  What easy ideas do you have to share?


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  1. I love your budget friendly ideas! I, especially, like the Christmas banner with the items attached...very cute! Thank you for stopping by my blog leaving that very kind comment. Happy holidays, Cindy!

  2. Thanks for showing such simple but beautiful ways to decorate. I am 79 and getting harder to do. I am going to have to simplify. But it is so much fun

  3. Wow! You have some great...and yes easy ideas here. The various filled jars are super. My favorite though is the tree in the cleaver.(-: Merry Christmas!

  4. Aw you are so sweet! Thanks so much for stopping by! Love these CHristmas ideas!

  5. Just stopped by your blog and signed up to follow you! I am loving your sense of style!

    Thanks for posting some great eye candy.


  6. Love this post! Thanks for sharing! Also, just wanted to thank you for commenting on my DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Advent calendar. So sweet of you! We are loving it!

    Love your blog. Now, your newest follower!

  7. Your right... it's so easy to over do it but you have shown that simple can be beautiful!!!
    Thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. Hope to see you next week!

  8. Oh those images were great! Loved the candy canes and glass balls in bowls!

  9. I find beauty in simplicity too. I've tried to keep my Christmas decorating simple this year so that we can enjoy the things we love the most. I've enjoyed my first visit to your beautiful blog. I'm going to sign up as a follower so that I will make sure to be here when you move into your new home. I don't want to miss it. What fun!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  10. really admirable work on your blog