10 Last-Minute Holiday Decor Ideas

No need to panic if you're not ready for the holidays. We have some great last-minute decorating tips and ideas to get your home looking festive!

Almost all of these ideas can be made using items you may have around the home and didn't even realize can be used as decor!

Try one of these 10 last-minute ways to spruce up your home in an instant and create a happening holiday atmosphere.


  • Group Gifts as Centerpieces

    In a pinch for a holiday centerpiece? Wrap a few gifts and arrange them on the table, similar to how stores merchandise items in windows or on counters, to create a quick and easy display.

  • Dangle Bells on Knobs

    Hang bells in offbeat places like cabinet knobs and hallway doorknobs to add a fun musical touch throughout your home.

  • Float Tea Lights in Red or Green Water

    Arrange a set of identical drinking glasses along your dining table. Fill the glasses with water and use red and green food coloring to tint the water. Float tea lights in the water for a festive display.

  • Hang a Christmas Stocking on the Front Door

    Didn't have a chance to pick up a fresh evergreen wreath for the front door? Hang a Christmas stocking on your front door to greet guests with a holiday flair. Use sticky tack on doors that you don't want to poke a hole into with a tack.

  • Complimentary Ornaments on Colored Glass Make an Instant Centerpiece

    Rather than piling ornaments into a glass vase or bowl, think about the holiday platters and vessels in your cabinets. Red glass cakestands or bowls are an ideal base for trendy green ornaments. Keep balls on the plate by using glue dots or double-stick tape.

  • Accent Home Decor with Bows

    A simple organza bow can perk up chair backs, a lamp base or many tabletop home decor items. Use a wide ribbon like the one in our photo for a grand accent or multiple layers of ribbons for a similar effect.

  • Create a Festive Aroma

    Dust off your fondue pot and create a festive aroma in the living room by adding water, spices and cut fruit into the pot over a low flame. Make it decorative by using mini crab apples, cinnamon sticks, and clove-studded Clementine Mandarins.

  • Adorn Candles with Ornaments or Jewelery

    One of the simplest ways to accent a pillar candle is by inserting a straight pin into its side and hanging an ornament on the pin using the hook or a ribbon. Or you can dangle an earring from the pin as well. Place the candle on a large decorative plate, such as a gold charger, and surround the base with mini ornaments.

  • Give Hand Towels a Seasonal Touch

    Don't forget about the powder room! Layer complementary color hand towels on your bathroom counter and fold over the top edge to resemble a Christmas stocking. Attach a seasonal accent such as wired pinecones or a bow using a safety pin.

  • Make a Winter Display Using Salt and Branches

    Create a beautiful winterscape by adding salt, to resemble snow, into clear glass containers and inserting sticks. Place the display on a fireplace mantle or ledge with overhead lighting to bring out the shadows on the top surface of the salt.

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