Holiday Decorating: A Practical Guide

Holiday Decorating: A Practical Guide

We’ve seen tons of advice about how to decorate your home for the holidays…but most of it is impractical.

We get that you don’t want to spend days setting the table.

So we picked the nine best decor ideas and broke them down by preparation time. You could spend a few hours DIYing, a few minute rearranging, or a few seconds buying from Amazon.com.

Make It (for the most ambitious)

Wreaths are a classic way to celebrate the season. These homemade examples look incredible (click each picture for a step-by-step guide from HGTV!)

holiday decor ideas - make acorn wreath, step by step guide from HGTV holiday decor ideas - flower and fruit wreath, step by step guide from HGTV

Fill wine bottles with candles for an elegant look. The assembly here is easy, but first you need the empty wine bottles…

Holiday decor ideas - wine bottles with candles DIY Holiday decor ideas - wine bottles with candles DIY

Hang something above the table. This is easiest if you have a chandelier with arms.

Holiday decor ideas - DIY - leaves hanging from chandelier above table DIY holiday decor ideas - paper snowflakes hanging above table - guide from Brit and Co

Arrange It (less work)

Taking a place setting from boring to oooh doesn’t require much work. Get some ribbon and make bows around the plates or the glasses.

DIY holiday decor ideas - place setting wrapped in bow DIY holiday home decor ideas - place setting with glass and ribbon upside down

Leave a basket of blankets near the couch for guests to get cozy after your nice meal. Napping optional.

DIY holiday home decor ideas - basket of blankets in living room DIY holiday home decor ideas - basket of blankets in living room

Make a quick seasonal accent piece by throwing some fruit or holiday potpourri in a bowl. Glass bowls tend to have the nicest effect.

DIY holiday home decor ideas - glass bowl of potpourri DIY holiday home decor ideas - glass bowl of shiny decorations and ornaments

Buy It (click a button and unpack a box)

Keep your entryway under control (and your floors a little cleaner) with a shoe rack for guests. If you already have one, empty it so your guests can use it. Otherwise, set one up just for the occasion.

DIY holiday home decor ideas - shoe rack for guests - Seville Classics Resin Wood Composite Utility shoe rack on Amazon.com DIY holiday home decorating ideas - shoe rack for guests - Espresso Cubbie Bench on Amazon.com

The tablecloth is the foundation of your table. Find one you love and let it set the stage! One Kings Lane, Overstock, and Wayfair have some great linens.

DIY holiday home decorating ideas - tablecloth from Overstock - Now Designs Elmwood Cotton Grey Cotton Chambray Weave DIY holiday home decorating ideas - tablecloth from Wayfair - Violet Linen Classic Damask Design Fringes tablecloth

We like shopping on Etsy for holiday home decor. You never know what you’re going to find!

DIY holiday home decorating ideas - Thanksgiving give thanks banner on Etsy DIY holiday home decorating ideas - Deer birds and bird cage pillow cover
The holidays are a fun time of the year when it comes to decorating. Tons of opportunities to show off your lovely home!

Tag us in your holiday decor photos on Instagram @decoratorapp and we’ll feature our favorites 💜