Sure, some craft projects can go on and on, with some applications being done, time allowed for things to set or dry, and additional time needed to finish. Decorating for Christmas doesn’t have to be as involved as all of that! There are lots and lots of quick and simple holiday projects you can do that will take about five minutes each! Your whole house can be decorated in an hour or so!
A glass, a glass bowl, a clear jar, or even a fishbowl can instantly become a Christmas décor piece when you fill it with something that has a holiday theme. It could be something as simple as a bag of red beads, fake pearls, small Christmas candies, wadded up balls of red, white and green tissue paper – even rice. Fill the glass container with the chosen item(s) and settle a votive candle in the middle. The candle should be in a glass container. Push it into the beads or other items so that the container is almost completely covered. Tie a ribbon around the glass or vase and you’ve got a centerpiece, table accent or other décor. Make something similar but slightly different by using a taper candle instead of a votive.
A Styrofoam cone turns into a beautiful Chritmas décor piece in minutes when you choose something and wrap it around the cone. Wrap around a piece of garland, tinsel, roping, ribbon, lace, a twisted white grocery bag – even a feather boa. Hot glue can help secure both ends of the chosen wrap.
Turn a small saucer upside-down then create a simple Christmas scene on it. Glue on a single object, like a fake tree, or several things, like miniature reindeer. Throw in fake snow, glitter or even tiny beads. Glue a clear glass over the top of the scene. Tie a ribbon or glue a piece of garland around the area where the glass meets the dish.
Make something a little different by curling ribbons and placing several in a clear glass. It’s a great look if you use gold, silver, blue, green or similar colors. Mix colors up or make all the ribbons in the same color. Set a saucer on top of the glass then place a candle on it.
Turn a coffee cup or bowl upside-down and set a squat pillar candle on it. Tie a ribbon around the bottom area of the candle and you’ve instantly given it a Christmas theme.
Purchase cheap red felt and use it to make any number of Christmas accents for your home. Cut a large piece and fold it across the back of the couch. This instantly gives that entire area a Christmas appearance. Cut pieces of the felt to make curtain tie-backs or even place mats. You can easily glue Christmas-theme lace or ruffles around the felt to create a more impressive look.
Use double-sided tape to make other unique décor. The tape is sold at craft stores and is sticky on both sides. Use it to attach Christmas-color doilies to throw pillows you already have. Stick fake poinsettias on mirror corners, picture frames and lamps. Cut a strip of wide ribbon or even wide foil (craft stores sell gold foil and other colors) and wrap it around lampshades or run it across a cornice. Use it to make an interior or exterior door look like a wrapped present by making a cross shape with the ribbon. Attach a bow at the intersection of the ribbon.
Purchase small foam, wood or other Christmas shapes at a craft store – ones that are already painted – and use the double-sided tape to attach them to mirrors, lampshades, vases, doors, cabinets, shower curtains and more. You can give an entire room a Christmas make-over in minutes!
There are so many quick projects you can do this Christmas that you’ll have way more time left over to do what you really want to do – shop! Make your first stop a nearby craft store and the hardest part will already be over!