Quick and Easy Christmas Decorations
Hi Friends! How are ya? I hope everything is going well in your lives and the holidays aren’t already beginning to be overwhelming for you. It can happen so fast. I’m from a very big family…HUGE actually that splintered when I was very young and blended with another family on both sides. That’s the case for a big population of the US if not the World. It can make holiday time get a little crazy trying to get around to see all the groups. Sometimes some get missed no matter how hard you try. If that’s your story as well, cut yourself a little break and just do your best. You have to enjoy this time, too!
The reason I am writing this post is because if you remember, I showed you how to quickly and very cheaply decorate these Charleston Hurricane Vases near the beginning of Fall. Well, I’ve gotten a ton of people doing searche engine searches on this exact topic and finding my blog that way so I thought I’d show you how I decorate them, and a couple other easy things for Christmas. These Quick and Easy Christmas decorations are just that and really economical. Christmas decorations can be so pricey! Especially when we’re using them for about three weeks.
I’m also leaving soon to take a quick trip and really wanted to get this post out to give anyone that’s super busy and on a budget something you can put together in just a few minutes! Literally.
These pictures won’t be the best since I was in a bit of a rush, but you get the picture. 😀 I’ll show you several different things I did and all of them in about 30 minutes.
I took the same Charleston Hurricane vases (they’re called Charleston because they’re a different shape than the normal tall hurricane vase) and filled them with cranberries. Stuck a candle in them and tied a red ribbon into a bow at the bottom. Sound simple? It was. I re-use the same candles every year. Normally these don’t get burned but white candles have to be the easiest to find. Make sure you buy WIRED ribbon so that your bow stays the way you want it to. You can re-use the ribbon as well. I also bought a new regular shaped hurricane vase at Walmart for $17 and a long red candle for $4.99 and did the same.
Here’s the finished version that took me all of 90 seconds!
Here it is on my entry table. I love it!
I cut little inverted chevrons in the end of the ribbon. Here are all three vases on my dining room table.
I also bought another vase that’s not on a pedestal from the same place for exactly the same price! Honestly I thought they’d be more and I was pleasantly surprised. With this one I just filled it with ornaments. I know you’ve seen it done before. This is done often and couldn’t be simpler. I grabbed and extra box of the shatter proof ornaments in different sizes to give it some interest and just dumped them in! I love it! Oh and Hobby Lobby has ALL their Christmas stuff 50% off so I paid less than $25 for this one including the ornaments and it can be used for years to come.
Doesn’t it just look so happy? It makes me smile every time I see it. Although I know some of my design and designer blogger friends may be cringing right now but this post is for the average working woman or supper busy Mom who wants to do something quick but still cute and fun with little investment. I just love the pop of color! Here it is sitting on my mantel. I’ll do some more things around it if I decide to leave it here when we put the tree and other decorations out but I always struggle with my mantle!
I also took a glass bowl I use every year and did the same thing and put it on a shelf. It’s just another level of interest tucked in all neat that someone might see and enjoy. Again, super easy, cheap and quick to put together.
The next one is a silver tray that used to sit on my bathroom counter with perfumes and pretty bottles on it. I stopped using it a while back and only bring it out during the holidays. It’s got some water stains and spots that look bad so I just cover those up with decoration. I could probably get them off but I’m too lazy and this works perfectly! I recycle these candles, too. They really need to be replaced but I can’t find them anymore and I love them SO! There’s a pin on Pinterest that says “Glitter is my Prozac”. It really is. I love glitter. My eyes just glaze over when I look at it.
I used pink and green because that’s my favorite color combination. All my ornaments are brights and jewel tones, not traditional Christmas colors so you may wonder why I have the red and the cranberries with the other colors? Not the best match? When I put up the tree and you see everything together it’ll make more sense. I do incorporate red into the whole color scheme.
The last thing I wanted to show you was the wreath I bought for my front door. Again, Hobby Lobby for 50% off. They aren’t paying me to say this. I’m just sharing with you what a great deal I think it is.
My door is black as you can see and I don’t LOVE the traditional over the door wreath hangers. I also worry that with kids coming in and out of the door and most of the time not being the most gentle, that one of those will scoot around a lot and scratch the paint so I opted for something different and it works beautifully!
Have you ever seen the Command Strips that hold their hooks? They hold up to three pounds, stick to my door without disturbing the paint and come off very easily with no residue. I prefer the look also because it doesn’t show at all unlike the over the door hangers.
I use these in my closet also to hang my belts where I can see them.
Isn’t my wreath so pretty and sparkly?
Well, that’s it. All simple, all cheap and mostly (except for the cranberries) all reusable! What could be better?
Do you have a simple way you decorate you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it.