I don’t go overboard decorating for the holidays. I keep it simple – uncolored twinkle lights, holiday-scented candles, a door wreath, holiday cards hung up around the house – but Pinterest has me a little bit more interested in decorating this year. Without spending a bundle, check out some of the ideas I found browsing the boards:

Simple wicker baskets with candle lighting. I’d personally fill them with the battery operated flicker lights; it’s just safer that way. Decorate them with some faux or real poinsetta flowers, holly, and/or ribbon and voila! A beautiful indoor or outdoor decoration.

Pinterest – holiday lights

A little digging through the attic or closets will find holiday ornaments of some sort, especially the glass ball-type ornaments. Here’s a nice idea for a lighting fixture, hang similarly colored glass ornaments at varying lengths and sizes to infuse some holiday spirit in your home:

Pinterest holiday decor ideas.

If you live somewhere near pine trees, pine cones are always a great way to decorate for the holidays. Here’s a simple and easy idea for outdoor decorating; fill up a few empty pots (if you live where it snows, perhaps your annuals have died leaving you with empty pots!) with pine cones, pine boughs, and a few holiday ornaments.

Pinterest – outdoor porch decorations

A few origami ideas popped up on Pinterest and this holiday box idea was one I really liked:

Find out how to create this box – click the photo!

If you’re fairly crafty, you can do almost anything with pine branches. If you purchase a Christmas tree, use the bottom branches that normally need trimming for wreaths, mantle decorations, or table decor. If you don’t buy a real tree or skip the tree altogether (that’s me!) ask a neighborhood tree lot for the extra trimmings. Some lots in my neighborhood sell them (that’s LA for ya!), but you might luck out and get some for free.

Pine branches used in outdoor decorating.

As I boost my holiday decorations around the house this year, I’ll make a point to share them!

What are your favorite holiday inspirations?


  1. TB at BlueCollarWorkman Reply

    Well I don’t do the decorating at my place, and most our dcorations we use from year to year, but I’ll share this with my wife, she might like some of them! I like the hanging boxes thing.

  2. Crystal @ Prairie Ecothrifter Reply

    I like the hanging gift boxes one too! My favorite decorations this year are the Christmas card tree I taped onto a wall inside, our tree, and the holiday frog in my garden. 🙂

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