Visions of garlands and shiny ornaments danced in your head. The Christmas mood was set, everything was perfect. Then you woke up. Somehow the weeks escaped you and the no-corner-left-undecorated plan is now a big fat “Fail.” Whether you have guests coming over for the holidays, or need some last-minute decorations to complete your holiday, use these last-minute ideas to decorate your home for Christmas. Some shopping may be required.
Use mini poinsettias to cheer up small spaces including the bathroom, the windowsill by the kitchen sink or the table by the guest bed. No poinsettias in site? Attach mini red velvet bows to existing plants instead.
At the Door
If you are expecting guests, be sure to place a large wreath on the front door. Buy one or make one and decorate it yourself, using pine cones, bows, miniature ornaments or candy canes, which are plentiful and cheap.
How Sweet It Is
Christmas candies, from candy canes to individually wrapped foil chocolates become decorations when placed in miniature vases.
Burn, Baby, Burn
Line up colorful red and green candles on a mantle or long side table. Arrange them in the center of a table for an instant centerpieces. The candle holders do not have to match and a candle centerpiece holds more interest when the candle heights differ.
Turn to Cookie Cutters
You may not have time to bake Christmas cookies, but you can use Christmas and winter-shaped cookie cutters to decorate your home. Tie a gold or silver ribbon around each cookie cutter. Attach to the tree, door handles or use push pins or eye hooks to hang them under chair rails.
Greet guests with the fresh aroma of clove and citrus. No time to go candle shopping? No problem. Poke whole cloves into oranges and place them on a tiered cupcake platter near the entryway. The fragrant fruit could also be stacked in a bowl. This homemade decoration is also a welcome surprise in the bathroom.
Presents, Presents, Everywhere
Any small square item – from an empty tissue box to a picture frame can be covered with wrapping paper. Liven up drab walls with a large sheet of Christmas wrapping paper. Attache strips of ribbon and a bow to enhance the look of your faux wall presents
No Fancy Tablecloth, No Problem
If you’re shopping, pick up a red, green or white plastic tablecloth from the local discount or dollar store. For a more creative table covering, use large sheets of brown or white butcher block paper. Set out markers and let guests decorate the table covering.
Last-Minute Christmas Tree Decorations
Skirt – Did your last roommate or your ex inherit your favorite decorations, the ones you never got around to replacing? Dress the bottom of the tree with a pretty apron or a peasant skirt from the local thrift store, or use on the floor to catch falling pine needles.
Fit to Be Tied – All you need is some ribbon to decorate a tree. Pick two or three colors at the store or use what you have. It could be last year’s Christmas ribbon, patterned ribbon or ribbon you usually use for birthday gifts. Tie bows in different sizes and attach them to your Christmas tree. No tree? No problem. Pick a plant in your home and make that your Christmas tree. Instead of ribbon, you could also use strips of fabric.
Fashionable Tree Topper – Any inexpensive fashion doll, preferably with a Christmas outfit can be poised on the top of a tree. Your own kids, or visiting nieces and nephews will love this tree topper. Fashionistas can use this tree topper, with last-minute decorations including sunglasses, scarves and earrings. Make your own designer label gift tags for gifts to complete the theme.