5 Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas

5 Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas

Simple ideas to inspire you to add some holiday cheer to your home

Holiday wreath on front door
Holiday wreath on front door

I love adding little touches to our home that celebrate each season.


Tuck bits of greenery in with apples or pears on a platter or in a bowl.

apples and greenery on a wood platter
apples and greenery on a wood platter

Add a touch or two that elevate your senses

Create clove studded oranges and stop and smell them every time you go by!
It is like stop and smell the roses except stop and smell the oranges, which you don’t hear about as often, but you’ll be glad you did.

Spell out a sentiment with scrabble tiles.

clove studded oranges with scrabble tiles
clove studded oranges with scrabble tiles

Use wrapped packages as part of your holiday decor.

Handmade Santa's elf ,family tree , and rocking horse with a wrapped package
Handmade Santa’s elf ,family tree , and rocking horse with a wrapped package

Fill your outdoor pots.  Add trimmings from your yard, if you have them, or a tree lot or nursery.  We also find pinecones to add. This year, I picked up a few ornamental cabbages that will survive a frost and get more purple as they go.

Outdoor pot with evergreen trimmings and ornamental kale, with a green sled
Outdoor pot with evergreen trimmings and ornamental kale, with a green sled

Ornaments piled on a platter. 
Ornaments in a tea cup.
( I could turn this into a Dr Seuss poem but I’ll stop)

Buy a rosemary tree from Whole Foods or Sprouts or your local nursery.  It smells great and you can add fresh rosemary to your dishes.

And when you forget to water it, you will have dried rosemary that you can still use in your cooking.  Win, win.

Rosemary tree with silver bell ornaments in a dish
Rosemary tree with silver bell ornaments in a dish

Hang antique skates or skis on the porch with a couple sprigs of greenery.

Antique skates with greenery on the front porch
Antique skates with greenery on the front porch

Still life with art. Arranging vignettes with smaller art  pieces like my 8″ x 8″ art originals or 6”x6” art print blocks makes it easy to move around and create a fresh look for the season.

Chickadee painting by Sally Evans with a vase of flowers
Chickadee painting by Sally Evans with a vase of flowers

My chandelier that gets changed out for the seasons, got a new winter sweater this year!

 This was an ornament I found at our local McGuckins hardware store and couldn’t resist.  Changing the chandelier for the seasons does take me more than 5 minutes but it’s fun. You could just add one little touch to yours.

chandelier decorated for winter, Painting is Winter Morning Light by Sally Evans
chandelier decorated for winter, Painting is Winter Morning Light by Sally Evans

Steal Borrow a toy truck from your child or grandchild, (or just buy one like I did) and hang a glittered Believe or word ornament on it.

Red Truck with Believe sign and a white paper tree
Red Truck with Believe sign and a white paper tree

We have several handmade ornaments that me, my husband, and son have made over the years but they usually never make it to the tree.  We tend to notice them more when they are placed around where we can see them.

Polymer clay ornaments - Penguins
Polymer clay ornaments – Penguins

If you would like to bring some joy into your home with art for yourself or a loved one this season, email me and I’ll help you choose the perfect piece or give an e-gift card.

Here is hoping your holidays are Merry!

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