Fast & Easy Last Minute Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Now that it is mid December, the countdown to Christmas is in full gear. Are you ready?

I know if you like to decorate, you probably have your home decorated for Christmas and are enjoying your festive surroundings.

For anyone who has not had the time to get decorations out or if you are still looking for a few simple ways to add a little holiday to your home, I have a few very quick and easy Christmas decorating ideas for you today.

All of which can be literally done in minutes using items you may already own.

Fast & Easy Christmas Decorating Idea #1

Christmas cookie cutter used to decorate for the holidays

My favorite fast and easy way to create Christmas decor out of every day 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. 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

Or place some coarse salt on a plate and add the cookie cutter and candle and you have… 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.

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

Leave it on a single plate or place on a tray with greenery and coarse salt. Instant Christmas decoration and nothing to store come January.

Fast & Easy Christmas Decorating Idea #2

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

Last year I used cedar in the white pitcher and left it naked. This 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.

Fast and Easy Christmas Decorating Idea #3

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 this 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 a favorite way to use your everyday items to make them holiday festive? If so, please share in the comments.

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  1. 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!!

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

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

  4. 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!