17 Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas that anyone can do

Christmas decorating ideas that are simple and beautiful

Simple Christmas decorating ideas. Love all the vintage items here.

Have you started decorating for Christmas yet? It's on my to do list for later this week and I've been gathering ideas and trying to decide what I want to do here this year. I'm thinking of changing it quite a bit from what I've done the past few years but haven't totally decided yet, so you'll have to stay tuned for that. 

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Today I'm sharing some of my favorite Christmas decor from our house over the past 3 years, plus some that I've already added to our bedroom this year. It's all simple, cozy, and festive and anyone can do these. So if you're also trying to decide how to decorate this year, hopefully you'll get a few ideas while you're here. Let me know which one is your favorite!

Simple and cozy Christmas decorating ideas

1. Cozy throws and pillows

LOVE this faux fur throw blanket. Lots of great decorating ideas on this site.

Adding cozy throw blankets and pillows is a fast and easy way to decorate the bedroom for Christmas. This faux fur throw blanket has quickly become one of my very favorite things even though I've only had it a few weeks. 

2. Festive sheets on the bed

Holiday sheets - love this! Lots of other great Christmas decorating ideas on this site.

Use holiday sheets instead of your regular ones. You'd be surprised how this little change makes such a nice impact.

3. Decorate a lamp

So cute! Love this boxwood wreath on the lamp. Lots of other great Christmas decorating ideas on this site.

Another easy way to add holiday spirit is by adorning your lampshades. I attached this small boxwood wreath to the finial of the vintage lamp in our master bedroom and let it dangle over the side.

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4. Set out Christmas magazines and catalogs

Christmas magazines on a pretty tray. Lots of other Christmas decorating ideas on this site.

Magazines and catalogs have the prettiest covers this time of year. Set some on a pretty tray for a simple way to add Christmas decor to your bedroom, living room, or family room.

6. Display festive dishes and old silver

Love the vintage silver in the creamer pitchers! Lots of other pretty Christmas decorating ideas on this site.

Pretty silver and holiday dishes look especially festive when displayed in your kitchen or dining room. We have these in our breakfast room hutch. 

7. Decorate the guest bedroom

Such a beautiful, cozy Christmas bedroom. Lots of other great Christmas decorating ideas on this site.

Welcome your guests by adding cozy Christmas decor to a guest bedroom. A soft throw blanket, a Christmas throw pillow and a few other little touches make the room warm and welcoming. 

See the whole room here => Guest bedroom Christmas Decor

8. Set up a hot cocoa station

Such a cute hot cocoa station. Lots of other great Christmas decorating ideas on this site.

Set up a hot cocoa station for cold December nights. I used our old kitchen cart for this one. To see how I transformed it, go here ==> Red Hot Cocoa Cart

9. Prep a bar cart 

Love this holiday bar cart. Lots of other great Christmas decorating ideas on this site.

For the grown ups, decorate a bar cart with colorful red glasses, beaded garland, and shiny cocktail shakers. Add candy canes to your glasses as another easy, inexpensive holiday touch.

10. Dress up the table

Vintage themed Christmas tablescape. Lots of other great Christmas decorating ideas on this site.

Dine in holiday style by dressing up the table. For this tablescape, I started by stacking a glass candleholder on a glass cake pedestal and added some mercury glass ornaments. Then I added some holiday dishes and linen napkins to a pretty charger plate. My green goblets and vintage silverware tied with a velvet ribbon completed the look. 

To see more of this table, go here ==> Christmas tablescape


11. Add vintage ornaments to a wooden lantern

Such a pretty Christmas vignette. Lots of other great ideas on this site.

Wood lanterns are great decorations any time of the year, but look especially pretty at Christmas when filled with ornaments

12. Hang snowflakes in the window

Milk glass, vintage mercury glass, and snowflakes. Lots of other great Christmas decorating ideas on this site.

Add a few snowflakes to your window to make it feel more like winter. I attached a few snowflake ornaments to the glass with these hooks

13. Fill a bowl with vintage ornaments

Ornaments in a wood bowl. Lots of great ideas for Christmas decorating on this site.

For a quick burst of holiday color, simply add some colorful glass ornaments to a wooden dough bowl. This doesn't take more than just a few minutes to do is so elegant and festive.

14. Decorate the entry

Simple and cozy, I love this Christmas entry! Lots of great ideas on this site.

Make your entry festive by displaying Christmas cards, adding a few ornaments and a boxwood topiary, and plaid scarf, and some greenery tucked inside your rainboots

15. Add a little red wagon to the front porch

Love this cozy Christmas porch. Lots of great Christmas decorating ideas on this site.

Welcome your guests with some cozy front porch decor. This was so simple to put together. I put a small Christmas tree in a pretty container and placed it and some wrapped boxes in a fun little red wagon. The old sled, buffalo plaid scarf, ice skates, and snow boots add even more Christmas charm.

To get the details of our Christmas front porch go here ==>  Christmas front porch

16. Use fresh greenery

Love this Christmas porch decor! So many great ideas on this site.

Another fun way to dress up the front porch is to add some fresh greenery to a vintage olive bucket. I added magnolia, pine, and holly, and wrapped a plaid ribbon around this one. 

17. Make a natural wreath

Simple, natural Christmas wreath. Such a pretty way to decorate!

Clip a little more fresh greenery and attach it to a grapevine wreath for another nice way to add Christmas cheer to the porch.  I added this one with juniper and boxwood to our front porch wagon

What are some simple ways that you decorate for Christmas? Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite ideas.

Lots of great ideas for Christmas decorating with vintage and farmhouse decor.

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  1. Hanging a small wreath on the lampshade is really a cute idea. thanks for all the inspiration.

    1. Thank you! I added the wreath as a last minute addition but I really like the way it turned out. Have a great day! ~ Angie

  2. Great ideas and tips you have here, Angie! Pinned!

  3. Awesome ideas, love the vintage ones, and the porch, Oh and the greenery! Love them all.

  4. I am in love with all of these decorating ideas! I'm just now getting started with decorating so this is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing.


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