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11 Quick and Easy Shortcuts to Holiday Decorating

Posted: December 05, 2018 by Anna Jotham

Amid holiday shopping, kids’ Christmas concerts, visiting Santa and sending greeting cards, you may wonder how you’ll find time to decorate your home for the season. But holiday decorating doesn’t need to be time-consuming or expensive, especially with these quick and easy shortcuts.


Decorate your home for the holidays with ease

The key is to spread the cheer throughout the house using items you probably already have on hand or can easily add to your grocery list.



  •          Display seasonal fruits and nuts. No fruit says holidays like pomegranates. Their rich red hue matched accented with large, mixed nuts still in their shells makes them a beautiful holiday accent for the kitchen or dining room. Plus they’re practical because they’re delicious!
  •          Set up a hot cocoa display. Place cocoa powder in one jar, marshmallows in another and tie a holiday ribbon around the outside. Add a glass with cinnamon sticks or candy canes. Place them together on a platter and display.



  •          A quick trip to the dollar store can yield you a few pillar candles of varying heights. Place them together on a tray. If you’d like to make it more interesting, add small Christmas ornaments or holiday picks to the bottom of the tray.



  •          Want a Christmas tree but don’t have the time? Simply wrap lights around an inverted tomato cage and tie a decorative ribbon or place a star on the top to bring the legs together. You can easily find tomato cages that are four-and-a-half feet high?

  •          If you’re looking for something on a smaller scale, something to adorn the mantle or a table top, roll a heavy-weight paper (cardstock, construction or origami paper) into a cone, and trim the angles jutting from the bottom for a nice even foundation. Wrap and glue simple garland (beads, perhaps) as you wrap it around the cone. This is a fun activity to do with your children, and you can easily vary the size of the trees.



  •          At some point, you’re going to have to wrap those gifts. Do it now and you can use the gifts as décor: group gifts together in the corner of a room or near the fireplace, or create a centerpiece using smaller packages.

  •          Take your collection of ornaments and place them in a glass bowl or a collection or barware. They’ll look beautiful in a hurricane glass.

  •          Use those holiday greetings. Take a festive-colored ribbon (monochrome works best) and wrap it vertically over cupboard or other doors. As the cards poor in, attach them to the ribbon using a glue gun or clothespin. You’ll be able to see and enjoy the cards more while also creating a fun holiday display.

  •          Speaking of festive ribbon, use it to tie back curtains in different rooms of the house.



  •          In our neck of the woods, many people have evergreens and pinecones right outside their door. If that’s not the case for you, you could also ask a neighbor or friend for permission to forage theirs. You can purchase them inexpensively at a local tree lot or farm. Once you have greenery and pinecones, you can work wonders with them, such as:

o   Place them together in a basket. Boom! Done!

o   Accent the festive ribbon tying back your curtains.

o   Position them with your ornament or mantle display. (For your candle display, we recommend using only artificial versions!)

o   Add them to your fruit or hot cocoa displays.

  •          While we’re talking about bringing the outdoors in, you won’t want to miss that other very important piece of greenery; the one that for many turns a house into a home. That’s right. Don’t forget the mistletoe!

We hope these holiday decorating shortcuts help. But we also hope that your home this holiday season will be decked by the most beautiful sight of all: your loved ones.

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