Looking for simple and inexpensive Christmas decorating ideas? Here are some creative ideas that take only 20-minutes. Happy Christmas decorating.
Do you know that one of my goals in this life is to be helpful?
The person who remembers your favorite drink and brings it to you.
The person who shows up with a casserole when you aren’t feeling well.
The person who checks to see if you need anything from Walmart when they go to town.
That kind of person.
Some days I’m not really that helpful. I start watching Judge Judy and getting my hair highlighted and spending 10 minutes trying to decide if purple nail polish is even still a thing.
And then there are the days when I’m so helpful you might nominate me for an award.
Today is one of those days.
I’m sharing 21 easy and inexpensive Christmas decorating ideas you can do in 20 minutes.
Just call me helpful KariAnne. 🙂
1. Fill a sleigh
I found this sleigh at a yard sale.
It was brown with dancing teddy bears.
I just spray painted it white and added ornaments. It’s one of the easiest Christmas decorating ideas and creates a simple Christmas centerpiece in minutes.
2. Decorate a hutch
Do NOT overthink your hutch decorating.
I shop for old Christmas trees at yard sales that have seen better days and use the branches as greenery.
Tuck in pinecones and deer and pour of cup of hot chocolate because you are DONE.
3. Make a drop cloth wreath
All you need to make this wreath is a Hallmark movie, a drop cloth, a wreath form and some glue.
You’ll be finished by the time the girl figures out that she doesn’t have to sell her coffee shop.
You can see the detailed how to here.
4. Decorate your back door
Don’t forget the space by the back door.
You might be the only one to see it, but it will make you so happy.
This is a bookcase that we had to find a home for after we put up our trees. I just decorated it with a little colorful Christmas.
5. Add magnolia
For one of the simplest Christmas decorating ideas, I’ve made an entire wreath from magnolia leaves.
You can see it here.
But if you don’t have that much time?
Why not just add magnolia leaves to your existing wreath like this?
It’s such a simple Christmas project and takes minutes.
6. Make sweaters for your vases
All you need for this project is a thrift store and some sweaters.
Or maybe your closet and some sweaters.
You get the general sweater ideas.
7. Make a pallet wood tree
This might take you a little longer than 20 minutes.
But it’s easier than it looks and such a pretty project that my brother came up with.
You can see the entire DIY here.
8. Tuck an ornament under a cloche
Someone just wrote me and asked for ideas to put under cloches.
I need to write a new book, “Cloches and the People Who Love Them.”
If you have a cloche? Just add an ornament under the dome.
It’s a super simple way to make something ordinary feel extraordinary.
9. Make a Christmas tree
You can create a Christmas tree from sticks and twine.
Just drill holes in the sticks, thread the twine and knot.
Finish it off by tying on burlap ornaments.
10. Make handmade ornaments
Every tree needs a little handmade.
Make your own ornaments to add a little personality.
11. Make a monogrammed jingle bell topper
I like to decorate my house with presents.
It makes Christmas less stressful and when the presents are opened, the Christmas decor is done.
Wrap a gift and add a jingle bell topper that can be used as an ornament later.
12. Decorate your pine cones with tags
This is one of my favorite ways to decorate for Christmas without much effort.
Print out tags and trim the ends.
Tuck them into a pine cone and add to a stack of books or under a cloche.
13. Create an advent ornament display
The only thing I love more than an advent calendar?
Is an interactive one.
You can make your own for the upcoming season.
See the DIY here.
14. Make a star topper for the top of the tree
My sister made this tree topper for me.
She made it out of old maps from my father.
15. Make a wood slice Christmas tree
I found these wood slices when we went to cut down our tree one year.
So this is an almost free project.
Here are the instructions for the DIY.
16. Make layered felt Christmas trees
These are such a fun project.
All you need is felt and scissors and a little wood and glue.
Make your own layered felt Christmas trees here.
17. Make a wood twig wreath
Shop your back yard for the supplies for this project.
Add twigs to a wreath form and spray paint it.
18. Drape a simple cedar garland
Last year I just wanted simple.
Like this cedar garland.
I draped it over the door and added two live Christmas trees on either side.
I think I’m going to recreate something similar this year except add ribbon.
19. Make a scrabble Christmas tree
This project is so simple.
You just need scrabble tiles and a chalkboard.
20. Drape ribbons through the garland
This was my inspiration for the front door this year.
This is simple inexpensive garland.
I added magnolia leaves to make it more expensive and added simple ribbon draped through it.
And the snow makes it even prettier.
21. Acorn nativity
I had to save the best for last.
My brother made it from ACORNS.
It is one of the cutest nativities on the planet.
And now? Here are some simple and fun decorating ideas from some of my friends.