Speedy Christmas Decorating

No time for Christmas decorating? Last-minute party prep? Check out these speedy ideas for decking your halls in style. With glittering Christmas trees and easy Christmas garland ideas, there's no way you won't impress Santa.

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    Gold-Dusted Trees

    Deck the halls with extra sparkle with this easy Christmas decorating idea. These glittering gold Christmas trees are both easy and eye-popping. All you need is a set of three or four sequin trees (available at your local superstore) and large glass covers.  Place some trees on cake stands for height variation.

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    Cupcake Liner Garland

    Baking isn't the only thing cupcake liners are good for. Use them to make a last minute Christmas decoration. Round up your favorite patterns and colors, fold each in half, then staple together for a garland that's as good as gold.

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    Mason Jar Candleholders

    Any holiday bracelets hiding in your stash? Bust them out to wrap around Mason jar rims for the cutest candleholders you've ever seen. Fill each with water, then top with tea lights. Ahh, easy ambiance and Christmas decor.

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    Glitzy Glassware

    This quick and easy Christmas decorating idea is super customizable. Create a splashy showcase for your favorite Christmas ornaments by piling them into a large glass jar. Sticking to an analogous color scheme gives it a trendy, ombre look. Tape a black and white photo to the inside of the jar for a sweet, personal touch.

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    Cranberry-Studded Centerpiece

    Cranberries and fresh-cut amaryllis. Who knew a Christmas centerpiece could be so easy? Just tie a ribbon around the vessel to finish off this DIY Christmas decoration.

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    Homemade Reindeer Art

    Shh, we're about to let you in on a little secret: Christmas cards are one of the simplest ways to create last minute Christmas art for your home. Tape them to the fridge or frame them and nestle them on the wall—either way, they're an easy-peasy way to gussy up for Christmas.

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    Tiny Trees

    Test out this quick Christmas decorating idea. Miniature trees—vintage or new—add magic to a room. We use pipe brushes, dipping them in different shades of green then poking them into a base, such as plastic foam, which will not only be easy but also doubles as snow! Miniature reindeer toys bring the forest to life.

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    Poppy Pink Wreath

    Welcome holiday party guests with a pop of pink. This silky ribbon pairs perfectly with a store-bought horseshoe wreath. Use hot glue to adhere. This decoration for a Christmas party couldn't be simpler.

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    Tie a Bow Like a Pro (Really!)

    Watch and learn: We'll show you how to make a bow that's (almost) as pretty as the present! Add bows to wreaths, candles, or a window for quick and easy Christmas decorations.

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    Window Ornaments

    Add Christmas cheer to a room by hanging paper ornaments from your windowsill. Alternating colors and patterns keeps things jolly and playfulUse metallic string and paper for a glamorous look.

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    Golden Centerpieces

    All that glitters is gold. Fill glass containers with on-hand ornaments, such as these shiny beauties, for a ritzy way to welcome Christmas.

    Tip: Be extra careful when tipping the glass container upside down—you don't want the ornaments to come tumbling down!

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    Earthy Garland

    Bring the outdoors in by stringing fragrant pinecones and pine leaves onto a piece of yarn. Hole-punched paper ornaments and stars add pops of color. Secure each end of the string to the wall using office pins.

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    Dress for Dining

    One of the easiest ways to decorate for Christmas? Add flair to your already-existing table setting. Decorate each plate a different way: shiny ornaments, playful ribbon, and even pinecones!

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    Glimmering Candle Display

    Let it snow, let it glow. For this last minute Christmas decoration, wrap three tall candles in decorative paper. Using twine, tie a gift tag with memos like "joy" or "peace" onto each. Snatch a cake stand for the base, then sprinkle with faux snow and spray-painted pinecones.  

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    Pomegranate Tree

    Transform bare branches into a cheery Christmas display. Arrange branches in a large container, anchoring them in a mini ornaments and a real or faux pomegranate. Then string on the minis for a display that's as easy as it is dazzling.

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    Glass Jar Globes

    Who needs a snow globe from Santa when you can make your own? Impress the big guy with these trinket-filled jars. Sprinkle a little faux snow (or even sea salt!) into each, then top with ribbons, lace, and all the pretty fixings.

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    Nostaglic Photo Display

    A fireplace mantel mimics the function of a Christmas tree when festooned with ribbon, beads, and nostalgic photos. Decked in blue and white, this display can last all winter long. Simply remove the Christmas-theme ornaments and leave the snowflakes and photographs in place.

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    Silver and Gold Basket

    Ring in the holiday like the song: with silver and gold. This quick and easy Christmas decoration is as easy as placing bells and ornaments into a bowl. Go shiny or matte—either way, all eyes will be on this gorgeous, ornament-filled centerpiece.

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    Holiday Wall Greeting

    Create a holiday greeting on a ledge with large wooden or paper letters. Adhere one of the letters with sepia-tone photos to give the greeting a personal pop. For a chic look, coat the letters with Christmas wrapping paper.

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    Ornament Centerpiece

    Red and green aren't the only holiday colors we love. Pink and white ornaments dress up the dining table when you place them in a large decorative bowl or vase. Blue makes them stand out even more.

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    Instant Candle Glamour

    Try these votives as decorations for a Christmas party. Add some bling to a plain candleholder by painting it with glitter and pinning an antique brooch to the rim.

    Editor's Tip: Create a similar look by adding a small ornament or jingle bell. Just be careful it doesn't dance too close to the flame!

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    Sparkling Lights

    When in doubt, add lights! Wrap them around a mantel, doorway, or string them like a garland along the wall—either way, they'll brighten up your home for easy Christmas decor in a flash.

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    Paper Towns

    Skip the flammable and messy cotton snow and use paper town cutouts to create your Christmas village. White lace and mini wreaths (available at your local crafts store) fancy it up.

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    Dressed Up Doorknob

    Deck out every inch of your home for the holidays. Tie a bit of velvet and a sprig of holly onto a doorknob for a fun holiday touch. Satin ribbon streamers tipped with little sleigh bells from a crafts store would look great, too. For the Christmas craft pictured, cut out circles from holiday scrapbook paper and glue together as an overlapping wreath. 

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    Fresh Family Tree

    Show off your special family photos by entwining them between the branches and berries of some holiday sprigs and greenery. Put the berries in a clear glass vase for easy Christmas decor.

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    Must Try: Gorgeous Gingerbread Display

    Make everyone's favorite holiday cookie—the gingerbread—the center of attention in this gorgeous gingerbread display. See how to create this giant (and edible!) gingerbread snow globe display.

  • Next Slideshow Fun and Festive Christmas Color Schemes

    Fun and Festive Christmas Color Schemes

    Break out of the red and green rut with pretty Christmas color schemes that will wow your guests. From pink and green to silver and gold, we show you how to get your holiday decor looking merry and bright for the season.
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