10 Ten Minute Decorating Ideas for Christmas
I started the ten minute decorating series because I realize sometimes, that is all we have time for. ¬† Especially as we are at this point in the year when we are just trying to get things done! ¬†At the holidays, even more than the rest of the year, a bag of tricks of useful ideas that really can be done in 10 minutes is pretty valuable. ¬†I have gathered up my best group of ideas for you today and I hope they can make some of your holiday decorating and entertaining just a little bit easier. Cranberry Vase Filler - I try to keep centerpieces low on our table so that my guest can actually see each other. ¬† I simply used clear glass vases, added cranberries, filled it with water and then tucked in a mixture of cedar and boxwood. ¬†This arrangement literally only takes minutes and holds for a few days so it can be done ahead of time. ¬†I lined up five vases on our table. Chalkboard Table Runner - Okay, so writing out all of the words to The Night Before Christmas does in fact take more than ten minutes, but using chalkboard paper as a table runner is an easy and great looking idea. ¬†You could write out something much simpler or even leave it blank and let your guests fill it in. ¬†And best of all, when the meal is over, scoop it up and throw it away - no laundry neccessary. Faux Fur Tree Garland - ¬† Pick up some faux fur fabric and cut it into strips and loop it around your tree. ¬†No sewing skills are needed and the end result is just pretty. Ribbon Door Garland - Leave the pine roping at the store and just string up your favorite holiday ribbon. ¬†A few strategically placed Command Hooks and you will be good to go. ¬†These really only takes 10 minutes and I really like the simple look of it. Rosemary Plant - Who says you have to use traditional Christmas greenery? ¬†Why not use something like a rosemary plant in a galvanized bucket? ¬†The added bonus is you can snip right off it for your cooking and you can leave it out long past Christmas. ¬†That is, as long as you don't forget to water it. Boxes and Bins of Greenery - This is one of my favorite ways to decorate at Christmas. ¬†It is simple, classic and quick. ¬† A money saving trick is to fill the box with crumpled newspaper first and then you only need to add a bit of greenery on the top. ¬†Drop in a few of your favorite ornaments and you are done. Tie Greenery on a Chair - I kept things pretty simple in our dining room this year but I couldn't resist adding this simple detail. ¬†I simply tied together some cedar with twine and tied it on the chair. ¬†I looped a simple ornament on as well. Chalkboard Ornament - no artistic skill needed. ¬†Through a few little tricks, this is made with contact paper and scrapbook letters and it just takes minutes. Sharpie Art Ornaments - I firmly believe that you can never go wrong with anything Sharpie art, so why not an ornament. ¬† And once again, no artistic ability is used thanks to a little trick with a decorative stamp. Fill Crates Under the Tree - ¬†Until the presents are under the tree, it can look a little sad and lonely. ¬†Why not group a few crates or bins filled with your favorite treasures? ¬†When it is time to add the presents in, the crates can easily be moved out of the way. Thanks so much for reading!