Try These Last Minute Chic Holiday Decorating Ideas

Did you blink and realize Christmas is almost here, with no time to trim your tree? While many go all out for the holidays, spending weeks decorating with care, you can find some relatively simple solutions that still bring a bright, polished result. You won’t need to rush all over town or dish out extra dollars for luxury decor; instead, you can achieve the same look at a much cleaner and simplistic level with the help of these tips (and they won’t have to look like a last minute DIY project.) Here are some holiday-themed ideas that will allow you to decorate your home with ease, and last past the new year without looking rushed.

One of the best and most overlooked tips for decorating with limited time is to buy all your basics at a lower end store, like your local dollar store. When something is simple, it’s hard to tell the high end from the inexpensive, so take a trip and stock up on all the basic essentials you’ll need. This will save time and money, and maybe even give you more ideas as you browse. We suggest looking for items like wrapping paper, ribbon, jingle bells, plain ornaments, and anything else that catches your eye. These items can be used in a number of the decorative ideas we have for you.


  
Garlands are a winter staple, and no home looks quite as cozy or festive without them. They’re also an easy last-minute item because you can quite literally toss them onto anything and they work. Places like along shelving, atop a mantel, over the frame of a door—it takes little time or effort to place a garland, and you’ll almost instantaneously feel a shift in the decor of the room. You can also elevate your garlands with a more glitzy look by adding gold accents, like small ornaments or bells, but keep it relatively minimal. Because these are a pretty holiday-neutral decorative element, you can also keep them past the New Year, and let them remain as winter decor. And here’s a final designer tip for your garlands: stay away from tinsel! Not only does it look cheap, but it also makes a mess.



You can also take all your extra holiday pieces, like ornaments, pinecones, string lights, bells, garlands, and other essentials you have laying around the house, and display them in new ways. One way to do this is to simply use a glass container, like a vase or jar, and fill it up with your (strategically placed) decor. Since the piece as a whole is the focus, you won’t need to worry about what each individual ornament looks like, so it’s another opportunity for you to save on plain ornaments and the like. There are also alternative options for your container, like small open wicker baskets, that make gorgeous centerpieces for your coffee table or dining table and look effortlessly chic.


This same idea can be used with a much more fun component—holiday treats. Stocking up on candy canes can actually do more than satisfy your sweet tooth; you can display them in a glass jar or vase, where they can also act as a quick treat for your guests while they’re waiting for the main course. Candy canes are cost-effective and always look the same so you won’t need to go on a time-consuming hunt for the finest candy canes in town. If you’d like something a little bit more elegant, fill your glass jars with (faux) cranberries and amaryllis for a ravishing holiday red color scheme.

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