10 Minimalist Christmas Decorations For People Who Don’t Have Time To Decorate

by Ashley

Best Minimalist Christmas Decor

These minimalist holiday decorating ideas are proof that you can decorate for Christmas without spending a lot of time and money. Use these understated Christmas decorations to bring some simple Christmas cheer to your home this year.

1. Minimalist Christmas Tree: Skip The Ornaments 

This year, try creating a minimalist Christmas tree by skipping the ornaments. Use a basket and a fuzzy blanket in place of a traditional tree skirt to keep it cozy.

2. Garlands

Draping a garland across a window is a simple way to bring some Christmas feeling to any room. I love how Rachel – from ‘Maison de PAX’ – uses a natural garland to decorate a dining room for the holidays in the image below. 

3. Make An Easy DIY Christmas Hanging

To make this easy hanging DIY Christmas decoration, re-purpose cookie cutter shapes and hang them from a pine branch. It doesn’t take very much time, and it looks so cute!

DIY Christmas Hanging Project Supplies

4. Decorate Stockings With Holley

For a simple Christmas decorating idea that takes almost no time at all, try filling stockings with Holley or Christmas tree trimmings. It’s a cheap and easy way to add a little bit of Christmas decor to your home. Use natural Holley with b

5. Decorate With Wreaths

Wreaths are one of my favorite easy ways to decorate for the holidays. Hang them in a bedroom for a simple festive touch, or pretty much anywhere in your home!

To see all of my favorite wreaths, check out this blog post I wrote called: 40 Wreaths For Fall That Are Under $100. Fall wreaths are kinda my favorite, but I also love this artificial wreath with more of a winter holiday feel:

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6. Ornament Bowl

An ornament bow is another simple idea that will help keep your holiday decorating cheap and hassle free this year. Try throwing some ornaments in large a bowl for some easy Christmas decor. I love how Chloe from ‘Boxwood Avenue’  uses pine cones and tree ornaments in the picture below.

7. Mini Christmas Tree

Are you tired of splurging on a full size Christmas tree every single year? Or do you feel like you just don’t have time this year? Maybe this is the year to skip the big tree, and keep things simple with a mini Christmas tree.

Try a different take on the minimalist Christmas tree by creating this DIY miniature version.  Use only the tip top of a pine tree. Place it in a clear vase with a little bit of water, set on a countertop or table, and voila – you’re done!

8. Candles

You can’t go wrong with candles! Decorating with a few candles is an easy way to make any space feel cozy for Christmas. Group a few together in a gold tray for a modern minimalist Christmas decoration.

9. Decorative Christmas Tray 

A mini Christmas tree wrapped with burlap, and a bowl of peppermints can create a cute and simple Christmas decoration that is prefect for a small space.

10. Recycled Glass Jars As Candle Holders

A very simple, yet beautiful Christmas candle decoration idea. Reuse vintage glass milk jars to hold candles. Tie a sprig of evergreen leaves with some twine for a cozy Christmas look.

I hope these minimalist Christmas decorations gave you some ideas on how you can decorate in your home for the holidays this year!

You can find all of my Christmas related posts here.

Up Next: 4 Christmas Decor Hacks You Can Do On A Budget

What are some of your favorite ways to decorate for the holidays? Leave a comment below to share your ideas!

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Lannie November 14, 2018 - 9:41 am

Your minimalist designs are inspiring ??

Ashley November 14, 2018 - 3:16 pm

Thank you! I had so much fun rounding these up! 🙂

Kate December 12, 2019 - 3:24 am

OK, I love these ideas, but I really don’t think I could leave my tree bare like that! Every time I looked at it I would just be itching to throw a few baubles on it. On the other hand, the ornament bowl, the holly stockings and that gorgeous hanging decoration have gotten me all giddy, I can’t wait to have a go at them this weekend.

Ashley April 3, 2020 - 1:57 pm

Yay I’m so glad this post gave you some inspo!

Ornaments by Elves September 30, 2020 - 5:59 am

I like the idea of ornament bowl. An ornament bowl on living room table will look awesome!

Ashley October 9, 2020 - 8:42 pm

Definitely. Such a simple way to decorate for Christmas!

Tiina Hovatta November 4, 2020 - 7:11 am

Nro 7 (7. Mini Christmas Tree) is my pic from my home, so I hope that you will put my name on it.



Ashley November 4, 2020 - 7:35 am

Hi Tiina, thanks for letting me know! Do you have a link I can add to the photo to provide the proper source for the photo?

Tiina Hovatta November 4, 2020 - 7:55 am

Hi Ashley,

I wrote a blog, where that pic was taken by someone (?) , it was from my old home. I don’t write that blog anymore but I have a IG -account: tiina_hovatta. It would be so nice if you will put my IG on it?


Ashley November 5, 2020 - 1:24 pm

That works! I just switched the source link to your IG page. Thanks for letting me know, I know how it feels to have your content shared with no link back. Glad we could get this straightened out!

Craig Potter November 22, 2020 - 7:15 pm

So happy you have been prompted to be creative today!! Happy creating and happy day!!

Ashley January 29, 2021 - 4:10 pm

Thanks for reading!

Priyanka December 1, 2020 - 2:56 am

Great post! I really like your idea of recycling glass jars as candle holders, I will definitely try this. Thank you for these ideas.

Ashley January 29, 2021 - 4:08 pm

So glad you found this helpful, love that simple decorating hack. Mason jars for the win!


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