15 Easy and Elegant Christmas Decorating Ideas
Transform your home into a festive gathering place for family and friends this holiday season. By sprucing it up with our simple show-stopping trimmings, you will turn your home into a merry residence while you prep and celebrate the holidays. If you are intimidated by DIY projects, we have found crafts that are as elegant as they are easy to create. They are a great way to add some holiday spirit to your home in a classy and stylish way (without spending a fortune). If you do not have tons of extra time to craft and spend hours decorating, keep reading. Our easy effort ideas are perfect for you. Let your beautifully wrapped gifts serve as decorations until they are ripped open on Christmas morning. Or, consider hanging your holiday cards to your banister to add a pop of color and cheer instead of tucking the greetings away. Want to add some elegant Christmas trees to your repertoire of decorations? We can help you create edible versions that will sweeten up your kitchen or entryway. Here’s another tip to keep your décor elegant: stick to a similar palate. Metallic accessories look great in most spaces and add some shimmer and shine to create that festive feel.
For an unexpected and sophisticated display, keep your pairing (wreath and trio of candlesticks) minimal. This grapevine branch wreath makes a wow-worthy decorative piece with its combination of evergreen branches, pomegranates, and amaryllis blooms.
Want to make this wreath? Get the how-tos here.
Looking for a clever way to display the holiday cards that come your way? Use clips or clothespins to string them along the staircase.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but your fireplace looks so delightful. Set a cozy scene by wrapping twin birch logs in twinkling holiday lights. Sprinkle mercury glass candlesticks and votives along the sides for an extra boost of shine.
For a hassle-free holiday display, take over an empty end table (a deep windowsill will also work) by setting up a multitude of contemporary candlesticks and mercury glass votives. Rely on colorful glass ornaments for adding a pop of color and cheer.
Forgo the fine china, fancy linens, and extravagent centerpiece for a unique runner that will steal the dinner scene. Place pins along the sides of a gilded poster board and artfully weave colored string from pin to pin to create a modern, textured focal point.
Make your own Advent calendar using lined envelopes and stick-on-numbers to transform a large bulletin board. Fill each envelope with treats (candy canes, gift certificate to the ice cream parlor, a coupon good for an extra hour of playing video games) that are joyful and surprising. With the promise of a small treasure each day, the kids (both young and young at heart) will love counting down the days to December 25.
Pick Your Palette
If red and green aren't part of your decorating color scheme, lean on tones that complement your existing décor. Paper medallions in silver, gold, and bronze look right at home atop the mantel. Add a warm finishing touch by draping sprigs of evergreen garland embellished with berries and ornaments.
Turn candy into an indoor winter wonderland that will greet holiday guests at the front door. Make your own sparkly scene by decorating foam cones from the craft store with rock candy.
Let It Snow
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Dangling from a window, these cascading strands of silver and white gift bows create the illusion of falling snow.
Center of Attention
'Tis the time of year for glitz and glamour on the holiday table. Nestle sparkly, color-dipped vintage bulbs in a decorative glass bowl to make a show-stopping statement.
Pretty wrapped presents can work overtime as last-minute decorations. The secret to turning a pile of presents into a table-worthy display? Focus on the finishing touches: Adorn festive wrap with clever tie-ons (like a strand of color-dipped wooden beads) and a peppering of metallic ornaments.
Mix classic elements (spruce and olive branches) with unexpected accents (echeveria succulents, seeded eucalyptus branches) for a traditional, but updated way to greet carolers and other holiday visitors.
Interested in making your own wreath? Get the how-tos here.
Beautify a Bar Cart
Gilded accessories and pretty bottles of your favorite alcohol will look decadent and festive when left on display during the holiday season. And when an impromptu visitor comes to your door, you’re ready to entertain.