Art of Chill Holidays

The One Thing You Need to Know to Make Impressive Holiday Decorations

Six near-impossible-to-mess-up projects, right this way.

November 27, 2018
Photo by Bobbi Lin

It's the most wonderful time of the year—so bring on the comfort & joy, we say. In The Art of Chill Holidays, we'll show you how we keep celebrations low-key, with festive decor tricks, clever time-saving tips, and scrumptious spreads of snacks (always snacks!).

Thanksgiving is officially over, which means you’re about to start seeing twinkling lights, holiday trees, wreaths, and ornaments popping up everywhere. These festive decorations are sure to put you in the spirit, and you might have even started thinking about how to deck out your own home for the weeks to come.

Even if you don’t have a big budget for decor or aren’t the crafty type, there are plenty of ways you can bring holiday wonder into your home this year. The following are six of our favorite simple holiday decor ideas—emphasis on "simple"!—all of which are near-impossible to mess up and will look like you hired a professional. (One requires just the simple act of glueing things together—you've got this.)

Wonderfully Wintery Apothecary Jars

These seasonal decorations look so impressive—you’ll barely believe they can be made in just a few minutes. All you need in an apothecary jar, a big box of baking soda, and a few cute toys, ornaments, or pinecones. Put them all together and voilà! A magical winter scene to sit on your mantel.

Berry Festive Luminaries

You can bring a pop of seasonal color to your holiday table with these easy luminaries. Place some cedar clippings in a Mason or canning jar, fill it up with water, then float some cranberries and a tea light. Ta-da! Holiday ambience in a near instant.

Sparkly Snowflake Door Hanger

Want to know a secret? Your local dollar store is a treasure trove of holiday decorations. Check out this amazing snowflake door hanger, created from a collection of sparkling dollar-store snowflakes. All you have to do is glue them together (yes, really).

Customizable Wrapping Paper Trees

The customization options for this next decor idea are nearly endless. All you need are a few styrofoam cones and your favorite holiday wrapping paper to create minimalistic “trees” that will look lovely in your entryway or on the table. No crafting skill needed.

Cozy Candy Cane Jars

Here’s another way to put Mason jars to good use this holiday season. Simply hang several candy canes over the edge of the jars, place a few cedar cuttings behind them, and call it a day. If you want to get really fancy, you could even place a few berry branches in there too—real ones, or faux from the craft store.

Magical Indoor Light Garlands

You can make your home feel amazingly cozy and quaint for the holidays with the help of fairy lights. Get a long strand of tree branch-style garland, intertwine it with the lights, then use the strand to outline doorways in your home. It will look oh-so-welcoming during these shorter days, and is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

What are your favorite, nearly effortless ways to decorate for the holidays? Share your tips with us below!

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M November 27, 2018
Guys... "The One Thing You Need to Know to Make Impressive Holiday Decorations"
What is this "one thing"? "Simple"? I don't understand why Food52 often puts headlines that have little or nothing to do with the article.
BerryBaby November 27, 2018
When we landscaped the yard, I made sure to include pine trees that produced pine cones and beautiful greens. It's so fun collecting pine cones and cutting greens that enhance and add a beautiful and simple touch!