Looking for simple Christmas decorating ideas? Oh, good. Here are a few for under $10. Simple Christmas decorating is the best.

I’m so happy to be sharing a little Christmas with some friends today. If you are stopping by from The Tattered Pew, welcome. It’s so nice to meet you. Please raise your hand if you are just getting started on your Christmas decorating.

Oh, good.

Let’s be friends.

I never met a last-minute super simple Christmas decorating idea that I didn’t like.

Want to share ideas?

I’ll go first. I’ve decorated the house and I looked around and realized there were so many simple ideas that take a hot minute and you don’t have to stress about and I wanted to share.

Just in case you needed a little Christmas decorating inspiration today.

Here are not one.

Not two.

Not four.

But TWELVE simple Christmas decorating ideas under $10 just for you.

1. Make a wreath out of drop cloth

You can even find drop cloth at the dollar store now.

This wreath only requires about 2 feet of drop cloth and it’s no sew and extra glue.

See the tutorial here.

2. Fill a dough bowl with ornaments


That’s it.

One of the best simple Christmas decorating ideas.

Or it doesn’t have to be a dough bowl. It could be a regular bowl. Or a basket.

Just add all those random extra ornaments to it that you find in the bottom of your Christmas tubs.

3. Decorate with presents

I know.

I’ve said it before.

I can’t help myself with my present wrapping advice.

It’s one of the easiest and simplest ways to add a little Christmas to your home and it’s FREE.

And the best part?

There’s no clean up after Christmas.

4. Make a twig wreath

This is an almost free project.

All you need are twigs from the yard and a wreath form and glue.

You can see the entire tutorial here.

5. Make your own handmade ornaments

These make the perfect decorations and fun gifts, too.

Start with a plain wood ornament from the craft store and add a word or a family’s name with a fine-tipped paint pen.

You can free-hand it or use carbon paper to trace the lettering.

6. Add an ornament to a cloche

One of the easiest SUPER simple Christmas decorating ideas.


Open up the cloche and add an ornament.

Or stack a few plates and add an ornament or a tiny tree to the top.

Anything is cuter in a cloche.

7. Stamp a set of books

Isn’t this the cutest gift idea? I was thinking about making these for the family Christmas gift exchange at our house.

Aren’t they the cutest.

It’s such a simple project. These are paperback books with the covers removed, then wrapped in twine and stamped.

You can get stamps like these at the craft store.

8. Sweater vases

This is a great way to add a little cozy to your home.

I used cream sweaters for this project, but old Christmas sweaters would work just as well.

You can see the entire 5-minute project here.

9. Make a scrabble tree

If you have a chalkboard and some scrabble tiles?

This is such an easy DIY.

You can add the words from any carol you like. I chose O Holy Night.

You can see the project here.

10. Dollar store tree

I just shared this project, but it needs another day in the sun.

All you need is leftover garland and a little bit of glue.

You can see the entire step-by-step DIY here.

11. Jingle bell garland

I made a jingle bell tree here.

But why not a jingle bell garland?

All you need are dollar store jingle bells and jute twine.

Simply thread the twine through the top of the jingle bells and tie. Then repeat 5 inches later with another jingle bell until you have the entire garland finished.

Simple Christmas decorating ideas are as easy as jingle bells and twine.

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12. Recycle your old Christmas cards

Make a banner out of old Christmas cards.

Just flip them over, trace a letter and cut them out.

You can see the tutorial for this and several other fun Christmas card projects here.

And one more for the road.

This is such a simple handmade gift idea and the perfect hostess present.

Hand-dipped pretzel sticks.

You can see how I made them here.

And now? For more simple Christmas decorating ideas be sure and visit the next stop on the tour Artsy Chicks Rule. They have the cutest basket gift idea here.

And for tons more Christmas inspiration?

Here are some of my favorite friends with links listed below.


Sand Dollar Lane  //  Aratari at Home  //  Postcards From the Ridge  //  Sweet Pea


Worthing Court  //  Atta Girl Says  //  Sonya Burgess  //  Kippi at Home


White Arrows Home  //  Cribbs Style  //  Dabbling & Decorating  //  One House 2 Barns


My Family Thyme  //  The February Fox  //  A Life Unfolding


My Wee Abode  //  The Tattered Pew  //  Thistlewood Farms


Artsy Chicks Rule  //  2 Bees in a Pod  //  Zucchini Sisters (not shown)  //  The Little by Little Home


The French Blue Cottage  //  Elizabeth Joan Designs  //  Joy in Our Home


Thistle Key Lane  //  Noting Grace

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  1. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    Oh my, I love the recycling card ideas! Okay with you if I share on my blog later in the month? Looking forward to the home tours you've listed as a reward after work today! Thanks for all the inspiration and love!

  2. Image for Jo Payne-Pierce Jo Payne-Pierce

    Cute ideas, Kariann!!! I've finished my decorating, because I had a 42 party on Wednesday at my house. I made shutter angel; with most of the work being done by my Don. I also bought pre-lit garland for the mantel from Wal-Mart. Usually I struggle with the garland on the mantel, then fuss with the lights, but this year (and as I get older) I'm doing things easy and hopefully faster. We have 10 ft. ceilings and a 10 ft. tree. We take the top section off of the tree, wrap it in big sheets, and put it in a walk-in closet...the ornaments stay on. Then the next year we drag it out, fluff the branches, and we are ready to go. Well, this year I didn't even want to drag out the tree, so I bought 3 Birch trees on Amazon; opened their branches, connected 2 Cardinals from the $ Tree Store, and put "snow" batting around the bottom!!! Add the presents, and I'm ready for Christmas!!! There are 9 of us in 3 generations, and the stockings are too heavy to hang on the mantel, so I had my Don cut down an painter's old ladder that I found by the road years ago, fasten with hooks on the rungs, and my stockings are hung. I love you fast, easy, ideas no matter what the season!!! Toodles, Jo

  3. Image for Jenn Jenn

    Love the recycled cards! I always have a stash for the kids to cut up! I am so slow getting into Christmas decorating! Started rolling this week though!😁

  4. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    I usually use old Christmas cards to make gift tags. I really like the idea of the Christmas banner I think I need to do that 🌲. Darn you, I thought I was done 😜 Love all the ideas🥰

  5. Image for Jen @ Noting Grace Jen @ Noting Grace

    Oh, my friend, you never cease to amaze me! I want to try ALLLLLLL these DIYs. What inspiration! Thank you for sharing this and I'm so honored to be a part of this blog hop with you. Hope you have the happiest of holidays!

  6. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Love all your decor ideas and DIYs you shared, KariAnne! It's our very first HOP together! How fun is that?! Hugs and pinned! (I think that should be a new blogging phrase)

  7. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    I finished my centerpiece for the dining table yesterday - a huge lantern I had on the porch in the summer, some extra greenery, and some pics, add a candle on a timer and a table runner, and VOILA! :) I'm one of those people who have a difference centerpiece every year because I can never just settle for an out-and-out CENTERPIECE from the store! LOL Cute, cute, cute ideas, and can I just say that I've never dipped pretzel sticks, but every time I see them on a buffet, I EAT ONE!!! It's on my list to make for this year . . .

  8. Image for sue sue

    Love these ideas, and I bet you will be sharing more soon. And thanks for sharing so many other creative and inspiring blogs- you know I enjoy that so much! In the spirit of keeping things humble, guess what I did? Found an inexpensive WHITE tree at Dollar General, (always wanted one) covered it in lights and many, many decorations. Flicked on the lights and realized I had used GREEN wired lights which looked soooooo tacky!! Everything came off the tree, I made a mad dash to buy white wired lights and just finished re-assembling the entire thing. Much better now, lol.


    Love all of your ideas!!!! I fill clear vases with ornaments. Such a easy decoration and changes with my decorating whims.

  10. Image for Jeanine Jeanine

    Super cute and simple. Some of these I have done and some are new....why didn't I think of that! I LOVE stacked books , and have used them before, in a lot of different ways. Check out thift stores for the paperbacks. My store sells paperbacks for 5 dollars a shopping bag. I squeezed 32 books in there! One stacks of three books with twine are often seen on Ballard Designs or Wisteria for $35 and up! Happy dance win!!

  11. Image for Leen Leen

    Lots of great ideas here, friend! I am definitely going to make a garland from cards, I always feel terrible putting them in ther recycle bin! Thanks for being part of this hop, I am so glad you could join us!

  12. Image for Loryl Fisher Loryl Fisher

    I have an old bisque angel that was the only ornament we have from my Dad’s childhood. I’m going to give it a place of honor under a cloche!

  13. Image for Sonya Sonya

    As always your ideas are spot on KariAnne. I adore that drop cloth wreath, it is super cute. Great inspiration for Christmas and winter. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

  14. Image for Lynne Lynne

    KariAnne, I love all of these fun and creative ideas! They are so simple, yet they're all so beautiful! It was so much fun to be on this blog hop with you!! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! xo

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