Scroll through these 12 super easy holiday decorating ideas to add instant glam to your pop-up festive celebrations. Unwind with the extra time to crank out the present wrapping and open the door to welcome in merry days full of extra cheer!
Bow It Up
For a beautiful sparkling holiday table, select a 2″ inch wide wired luxurious ribbon and simply wrap each dinner plate like a gift. Let the bow be long and shiny.
Jazz up your bright and clear windows by throwing up the newly designed window treatments, wildly draping across the top, ornaments, garland, strings of gingerbread cookies, crystals, snowflakes…whatever moves your holiday spirit.
Pear-fect Place Cards
Bosc pears have a sculptural organic shape that are just made for tagging a handwritten place card. Use the pears plain or never fear the gold spray paint can to add a “pear-fect” glitz for all your dinner place settings.
A Wow Wreath
Revive a cake stand for an instant centerpiece by encircling the cake stand with a small fresh or dried wreath. Plunk inside a few large candle pillars, tucking in cranberries or tiny pinecones or mini-ornaments for the quickest ever centerpiece.
Pop open a jar of fragrant cinnamon sticks and hot glue the sticks around a hunky candle pillar and tie it all up with ribbon or twine. Make a few and march them down the mantel or your table. Spicy and pretty.
If you are lucky enough to have chandelier swooping over your dining room or kitchen table, hang ornaments, candy canes, snowflakes or iridescent crystals on varied lengths of ribbon to gracefully flutter over Christmas dinner.
No mantel? No problem. Just take to the outside and scout a long and gnarly tree branch; leave it natural or spray paint it white or metallic gold (I know, I am the queen of spray paint), Let it dry and attach to any wall and hang your stockings. Presto! Instant mantel and to all a good night!
“Dedrab” (made up word), those green and brown light strings by finishing up that gold spray paint and giving the wires a good sprinkling of gold spritz. Make sure you unscrew the bulbs first and then when dry, replace the bulbs and decorate away.
A Nutty Mix
Cram nuts and cranberries and other colorful dried fruit bits in a tall cylindrical vase to surround a thick candle for a natural, rustic look.
Merry Tub of Trees
A galvanized tub, filled with mini fresh evergreen Christmas trees, exudes the country look for a casual but classic decor idea.
Assemble a group of candlesticks in varying heights and surprise your guests by replacing ordinary candles with silvery painted tiny pine cones, tucked into the candle holders, accented with bits of boxwood from your garden or a few sprigs of herbs for an “au naturel” tableaux that is elegant but simple.
I love using fresh fruit that will withstand these 12 decorating days before Santa comes. Pomegranates, lemons, limes and itty bitty clementines and hard mini pears work well. Either dip in egg white or apply a spray adhesive and roll in coarse sugar crystals or a mixture of 3 parts white glitter to one part silver glitter. Dry thoroughly and arrange artfully in pretty glass bowl. The sparkling coating acts like a preservative and this stunning crystalline centerpiece will grace all your holiday celebrations until the last present is opened.
Merry DIY decorating as life is too short to spend endless hours fidgeting and stressing over complicated, intricate holiday design chores. Remember home is where it all begins and you get to decide how to express the special feeling of this time of the year.
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