No Time to Decorate Your Home For Christmas? Try These Doable Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But for many of us, the pressure of making our homes look festive and decorated in time for Christmas can be overwhelming. Don’t stress – decorating your home for the holidays can be easier than you think.

I am sharing some simple, but effective ways to get your home ready for the holidays in just minutes. From using seasonal items like gift wrap, candles and greenery or items from your yard, you’ll be able to create a festive and inviting holiday-ready home in no time.

Wrap Wall Art, Cabinets or Doors in Gift Wrap

Easy Christmas mantel decorating idea using gift wrap and large frames.

Wrapping wall art and photo frames on a mantel with holiday gift wrap is one very easy way to add festive Christmas color and pattern to any room.

Red, green and white Christmas decorated fireplace mantel using holiday gift wrap and ribbon.

All I did was wrap framed art that was on my mantel with Christmas gift wrap. Volia – the mantel and room are decorated for Christmas!!!

For added interest, try assembling Christmas ornaments into candle holders to place on either side of the wrapped frames.

More Places To Decorate With Holiday Gift Wrap

  • Consider wrapping interior doors, kitchen cabinet doors in gift wrap. If they are glass fronted, line the inside back of the glass with gift wrap.

Add a Santa Hat to Existing Decor

Large topiary ball on black vase to resemble Santa makes for easy holiday decor.

If you have a topiary ball in your home, place a Santa hat on top of it. You can purchase the hats inexpensively at the dollar store. For an extra festive touch, add red ribbon around the planter that holds the topiary.

Foyer console table with modern art with santa hat

Don’t have a topiary ball? Look around your home for other places a Santa hat may add a holiday touch.

Stack Pedestals & Plates

Easy ways to use candles for Christmas around the house.

On a counter or table top, place a pedestal plate in a wreath. Add a pretty plate and candle on top. If it is a large table, wrap a few empty boxes with gift wrap to add more holiday color.

Pinecone Vase Filler

small blue and white bowl with white candle and pieces of a pine cone.

If you don’t have faux snow or a vase filler, try using pinecones as a holiday vase filler. Simply cut off the tips of pinecones with a pair of scissors.

White candle in a bed of pine cone needles in.a blue and white bowl.

Fill a vase, glass, cup or bowl halfway and nest a candle on top.

Use Cookie Cutters & Candles

Christmas cookie cutter used to decorate for the holidays

My favorite fast and easy way to create Christmas decor out of everyday items is to make a votive or pillar style candle look holiday festive. It is 1… 2… 3…. easy to do…

A votive candle placed inside a metal cookie cutter makes for fast and easy Christmas decor

…by pairing it with a star or snowflake cookie cutter.

Snowflake cookie cutter used to hold a candle on a wreath as a Christmas decoration.

Simply place a votive candle inside a small cookie cutter and lay it on some greenery. DONE!

Star shaped cookie cutter used as a votive candle holder for Christmas

Another way to use the candles and cookie cutters as holiday decor is to place some coarse salt on a plate and add the cookie cutter and candle on top of it to create… a candle in the snow.

A glass candle and holder placed inside a copper cookie cutter makes for fast and easy Christmas decor

If you have a larger pillar style candle, even if it is already in a candle holder. If it has straight sides, you can place it in a large cookie cutter to create instant holiday decor.

Candle placed inside a copper snowflake cookie cutter on a tray of salt makes for easy to do last minute Christmas decorating

Leave the cookie cutter and candle on a single plate or place on a tray with greenery and coarse salt.

Copper cookie cutter repurposing ideas for Christmas

Place a Ball Ornament on a Table or Shelf

Easy to create Christmas decor for a table or counter.

This is my go-to Christmas decor for my kitchen counter. I don’t have a lot of counter space, but I do like to add a bit of Christmas in the way of a candle and a few ornaments on a tray.

Simple and natural Christmas decorating ideas

A few years ago I used cedar in the white pitcher and left it naked. Another year I used pine and hung small silver ball ornaments on it.

If you don’t have greenery in your yard, ask a neighbor if they have any and if it would be OK for you to take a few clippings.

If not you can buy clipped greens at Home Depot or Lowes. It is sold outside in the garden area for about $7 a bunch.

Hang Jingle Bells on Door Knobs

Christmas garland tie around a doorknob with a jingle bell attached.

Use a garland tie to tie a few jingle bells bought at the dollar or craft store to a door so when anyone walks into the room, they hear the classic sound of Christmas.

Easy to make Christmas Decorations

For door knobs you can also punch a hole in the top two corners of a Christmas greeting card you like and hang it with ribbon. If you don’t have a card, consider this free-printable Christmas door hanger.

Add a Sprig of Greenery

red Christmas candle in kitchen

Gather a sprig of pine or cedar from your yard and place near a candle or ornaments. Tie on a few jingle bells with a twist tie will make the greenery look very festive.

Christmas party decor

Or simply place some snips of boxwood or rosemary from your garden in a decorative glass filled with water.

Pile Oranges on a Pedestal

Christmas decorating using food

Place a small wreath on a plate or pedestal. Pile oranges or nuts on top to do double-duty. Easy to grab food when your hungry as well as a decoration for your kitchen counter.

Place Gift Wrap on a Table Top

Sideboard decorated for Christmas on a budget using gift wrap.

Cut a piece of holiday gift wrap to cover a table top or a sideboard.

Fill a Large Bowl

Large dough bowl on table decorated for Christmas.

If you have a large bowl or basket, place it on a table…

Large dough bowl on table decorated for Christmas.

… and fill with a few ornaments, wrapped gifts, a strand of beaded garland and greenery.

I like decorating for Christmas using simple ideas like these where you can use items you already own and not have to buy a “stand-alone” piece of Christmas decor that can only be used a Christmas time.

Do you have any simple Christmas decorating ideas to share?

If you like these ideas, you will find more like them here: Christmas Decorating Ideas & Inspiration.

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  1. So many easy, pretty decoration ideas, thank you! Enjoy your family time!

  2. These are so clever, quick, and inexpensive! Thanks for all of the inspiration!

  3. If you could find inexpensive unframed canvas, those could be wrapped as gifts and saved from one year to the next.

  4. Clever as always! thanks for the reminders. Enjoy the kiddos!

  5. You just have the best ideas! Thank you for sharing everything you do with us!

  6. So many easy to recreate ideas! Love all of them. Thanks for putting this together🧑‍🎄

  7. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. You saved the best for last.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – Wishing you a very happy holiday and fantastic 2023. Thanks for reading my blog. XO

  8. Love the simplicity of your decorations.

  9. Great ideas! Lowes (and possibly Home Depot) have tree trimmings for free! They usually have a large box with trimmings cut off of trees when people buy them. Free for the taking. Can’t beat that!

  10. Alison Johnson says:

    So cute. Love the cookie cutter in the snow!

  11. Your writing seems to be totally an inspiring one. Thank You!!

  12. I LOVE the star ornament & candle on the greenery!! I have been following #tieredtrays on Instagram and I’ve fallen in love with them!! Will definitely be doing a Xmas tiered tray next year.

  13. All the ideas are easy and festive. I like the copper snowflake cookie cutter and candle ❄️
    Lowe’s will also give anyone fresh cuttings from their Christmas tree lot for free!!

  14. These are great, and I like the easy, “think outside the box” ideas. Thanks and Merry Christmas! I always enjoy reading your posts. :)

  15. Great ideas with little effort. Thank you.

  16. Love these ideas, simple little touches creates a warm inviting space! Thank you for your ideas!

  17. I love all of these ideas, Diane! One thing I do every year in my kitchen is to use a fluted vanilla pillar candle I’ve had for years and place it on an antique hand grater, one with each end slightly curved under so it stands elevated. I wrapped a gorgeous Christmas ribbon around the lower edge of the candle, tied a cinnamon stick in the simple knot and placed the candle inside a little greenery wreath. Takes up very little space and is a sweet and comforting little traditional object to enjoy recalling memories with my family!