Getting ready to decorate for Christmas? Here are 9 Christmas decorating ideas, tips, and inspiration you may not have thought of.

Christmas decorating ideas

Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year.

Daylight savings magazine day.

You know.

The day I make my annual November trip to the bookstore and come home with an armful of Christmas magazines.


I never met a Christmas magazine I didn’t like. The pages are full of decor and stockings and trees and mantels and front doors and wreaths and tons of Christmas ideas I haven’t ever thought of before.

So today when we are given the gift of an extra hour, I want to fill it with Christmas ideas and inspiration.

Here are 9 Christmas decorating ideas you may not have thought of.

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9 Christmas Decorating Ideas You May Not Have Thought Of

1. Add eucalyptus (or other branches) to the top of the tree

This is such an easy tree topper.

Instead of a star? Why not add eucalyptus (or other branches) to the top of the tree?

See the entire room with more blue and white Christmas decorating ideas here.

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2. Decorate a wall with french horns

This is such a clever idea.

I love the idea of adding the “Good Tidings” sign, too.

See the entire room (with tons of other creative ideas) here.

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3. Hang a basket on a mirror

You know how much I love mirrors.

Especially when they are decorated for Christmas. Hang a basket on a mirror with a command hook and fill it with greenery.

See the rest of the room here.

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4. Create a paper star garland for the window

Paper stars are so pretty in a window with the light filtering through the paper.

They are super easy to make and string together with jute twine.

See the rest of the room here.

5. Add a fresh tree to a bucket or hat box

Here’s an easy idea to add a pop of color and pattern to your Christmas decor.

Cover a bucket or hat box with scrapbook paper or gift wrap and add a small tree.

See the rest of the room here.

6. Simple tips for small spaces

Looking for creative ideas for small spaces?

Here are some tips and decor to make a small space live large.

See all the tips here.

7. Decorate a basket like a wreath

If you have a round basket or cutting board, you can turn it into a wreath in minutes.

Add some greenery to the top and a tag or wooden cut out and hang it on the wall.

See the rest of the entry here.

8. Make a snowflake garland

This is a large budget idea on a small budget.

You can make this easy project—a snowflake garland for the staircase banister.

See the how-to here.

9. Use an owl as a tree topper

Isn’t this tree the cutest?

Look at the layered pom pom garland and the owls and the birdhouses.

And an owl is perched on top of the tree.

See the rest of the tree here.

May your Christmas decorating be merry and bright. Here’s to all the amazing decor ideas.

Some we’ve thought of.

Some we are just waiting to discover. 🙂


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  1. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    I love Christmas and am all about how the house feels and looks at Christmas. Funny story. We have been under construction remodeling our 108 year old home for years. I was a bit frustrated at Christmas because there was a slipper tub in my living room which had been living there for a very long time. I did something thinking that it would motivate my husband to get on it! It was on cardboard so I pushed it to the middle of the window, put a decal on the front saying "Believe in the magic" and added wrapped packages! When my husband came home he loved it and it is still in my living room waiting to find four men to carry it up to the bathroom being renovated upstairs! You sometimes have to make do with what you have. I sent a photo card that year out to friends.

  2. Image for Niki Blake Niki Blake

    Did you ever do a list of all the subscription services people suggested? Just wanted to know if I missed it! I guess I could go back and look on that days comments too! Lol! Ty!!!

  3. Image for Patricia Patricia

    A few days after a windstorm, I spotted lots of branches on the ground. I thought Karianne would want me to save these branches for a Christmas project. I've piled a few of the best on my tiny balcony while I figure out what I'm doing with them. Hmm.

  4. Image for Nancy Nancy

    I really like the mantle ideas you have shared. That said, I need help with mine since we now have a family mantle clock that only fits and runs on the mantle. How do I incorporate that into my Christmas decor on the mantle? (I’m in to colored ornaments, deer, old churches…you get the idea!)

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Nancy, That sounds so pretty! Could you add a garland with a wreath right below the clock to emphasize it? Then maybe wire the ornaments into the garland? Just an idea! happy day, karianne

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Here you go: Happy day! KariAnne

  5. Image for carol carol

    Hey KariAnne You may be one of a very few with courage to admit, 'never met a Christmas magazine I didn't buy!!' Love it, I still have some dated in the '90s! So hard to let them go. Unique and 'ah ha!' 'why didn't I think of that' moments hiding in those pages. Happy decorating.

  6. Image for Michele Michele

    Ha ha…absolutely love Christmas magazines. Even with all the internet inspo, there is nothing like flipping pages of a great magazine!

  7. Image for June June

    Love all your posts but todays got me more excited for the holidays. I too am a huge holiday magazine nut. I love many of the inspiration magazines published year round from Hoffman Media. I keep all of them and flag pages that jump out at me. I too am curious about the steeple church ornament with the blue background. We were married in a steeple church and I am always on the lookout for ornaments.

  8. Image for Marlene Marlene

    Christmas magazines are the best way to get ideas and I keep mine and go through them every year to see what they have. Thanks, you always have so many fun ideas for Christmas.

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