Quick Tips for Holiday Decorating – 5 Easy DIY Ideas

After years of the same holiday decorating routine, it can feel like you’re just going through the motions – put up the tree, string the lights, hang the stockings – over and over again. So shake things up this year!

Unlike the commitment you make to more permanent interior design, the holidays allow you to try on a ‘look’ just for the fun of it. Your design does not need to last for years and years, and your décor can be silly or seriously elegant, but at worst, it’s a six-week commitment that alleviates a lot of design pressure! It’s a great time to experiment and most of all, have fun!

Make traditional holiday décor fresh and new with these five creative and simple do-it-yourself decorating ideas:

1. Simply Merry Centerpieces

Create a cheerful centerpiece for your holiday table by simply filling a bowl or vase with seasonal materials like cranberries. Surrounded by candles, you have an instant and chic table centerpiece!

You also can do the same with an assortment of colorful ornaments. It’s an easy way to use those extra ornaments that don’t fit on the tree.

2. New Spots for Lights

While your tree is a natural home for a string of lights, that’s not the only area that can benefit from a little extra brightness. Add a touch of festive glow to any part of your home – along your mantle, wrapped around a wreath or incorporated into a centerpiece.


3. No Mantle? No Problem

When you’re holiday decorating, stockings can be hung with care just about anywhere. If you don’t have a fireplace, try hanging your stockings from the banister, from a coat rack, the knobs of a dresser, the back of a chair, or even the hooks of a hanging pot rack (as long as it’s not over your cooktop).

4. Quick & Easy Tree Skirt

Even details as small as the tree skirt can make a world of difference to your décor. Bring new life to a plaid blanket or hit up your local thrift shop for inexpensive fabrics to fashion a brand new spot to place bundles of beautifully wrapped gifts. “Get out your hot glue gun and add some festive trim to holiday-themed fabrics; think outside the box for fabrics, you can use flat sheets, thin blankets, even tablecloths will work,” notes designer Teresa Tumminia of NJ based, At Home Custom Interiors.

5. A Touch of Greenery

Fresh winter greenery is the perfect complement to your holiday decorating no matter what your holiday décor theme.

Look to nature. Garland, cedar branches, leaves, pine cones, fruits, and strands of cranberries all make great holiday décor. Mixing nature, metallic finishes, lighting, and glass creates a fantastic mix of materials and timeless, elegant holiday décor.  A sprig of spruce in a vase, a fresh fir garland wrapped around the staircase or branches laid of pine across a mantle – green goes with everything and brings a bit of the outdoors into your home.