Save on Pinterest

13 Holiday Decorating Ideas for Minimalists

Get in the holiday spirit without sacrificing your love for minimalist design.

1 / 13
ChristmasMinDof/Shutterstock

Christmas Wrap

If holiday wrapping paper makes you cringe, DIY your own to put under your Christmas tree. This minimalist option uses twine and a brown paper bag to get the job done, while a pine tree clipping feels very fitting. The following 17 handy hints for the holidays will help you stay sane before, during and after this year’s holiday festivities.

2 / 13
carElena Schweitzer/Shutterstock

Holiday Toy Car

If you have a side table that’s bare and ready for some holiday decor, skip the singing Santa doll and opt for a minimal yet classic scene like this vintage car with a Christmas tree on top. It’s the holiday season, and people are getting festive. But what’s not jolly is the numerous fire hazards that come with it.

3 / 13
wallZamurovic Photography/Shutterstock

Rudolph


It doesn’t get much simpler than this. Hang a pair of antlers on the wall above a small red ornament and a pair of sunglasses. Voilá! Instant holiday decor. Discover 29 ideas for holiday decor in every room.

4 / 13
WreathOleksandr Chukhil /Shutterstock

Christmas Wreath


Rather than tucking an abundance of ornaments and red ribbon into your Christmas wreath, keep it simple with this oh-so natural option with simple touches that stand out. Venture into your backyard to gather materials for these fresh and easy-to-make wreaths.

5 / 13
MantelMonoLiza/Shutterstock

Holiday Mantel


If you’d like to still enjoy the beauty of your mantel and fireplace as-is during the holiday season, skip the overwhelming decor that takes away from its classic look and simply accent it with a no-frills garland and white candles. Check out these 15 ideas to save money during the holidays.

6 / 13
LightsMaya Kruchankova/Shutterstock

Fairy Lights on Potted Plants


Take a few small potted plants, wrap fairy lights around them and place together on an entryway table for a chic, simple holiday display. Before family and friends descend on your home for the holidays, make sure you’re prepared with this checklist.

7 / 13
centerpieceYulia Grigoryeva/Shutterstock

Coffee Table Presents


Keep your coffee table free of holiday clutter while still enjoying a simple centerpiece. Wrap tiny presents in brown paper, stack them up and surround with little pine cones. Here are 10 ways to prep your house for a holiday party.

8 / 13
CandyZamurovic Photography/Shutterstock

Candy Christmas Tree


Liven up a white wall with a minimalist candy Christmas tree. This one uses marshmallow candy, a flower and cinnamon sticks. If the inspiration well ran dry this season for holiday decorating ideas, check out some of these last-minute ideas to make your house festive.

9 / 13
StockingJenny Sturm/Shutterstock

Christmas Boot Stocking with Gifts


Turn a plastic bottle into a standing stocking and stuff with small pine branches, cinnamon sticks and one present. You can place it by the front door to serve as a cute, but not over-the-top, holiday welcome for guests. You’ll need fabric like scraps and felt, embellishments like ribbons and ornaments, sewing supplies such as scissors, needle and thread, a ruler etc. and a hot-glue gun. Check out all the instructions to DIY here.

Find a holiday light problem and fix it fast with this simple tester. You don’t have to test every bulb!

10 / 13
chicAlexander Raths/Shutterstock

Christmas Table Place Setting


Rather than going all-out with your tablescape, keep things minimal but equally spirited with chic table place settings that don’t make for a cluttered table with all the bells and whistles. Often, it’s the little things that make the holidays memorable. Here is a simple, inexpensive (and kid friendly) DIY photo holiday project.

11 / 13
Chalkboard Maglara/Shutterstock

Chalkboard Christmas Tree


Place a chalkboard on a table against the wall and draw a simple, white Christmas tree that requires no money and barely any effort. Place tiny items around it for the full holiday look. Check out these tiny houses dressed up for the holidays.

12 / 13
PineappleZamurovic Photography/Shutterstock

Pineapple Tree


If you live somewhere tropical, why not go with it by turning a pineapple upside down, either hanging it or placing it against a wall on a table, and decorating the stems with mini baubles? Instead of those classic spots for stashing presents, try these unexpected hiding places for holiday gifts.

13 / 13
Candlefotohunter/Shutterstock

Holiday Candle Display


You don’t need bright red candles stamped with snowflakes to get you in the Christmas spirit. Accent a row of cream-colored candles with a branch of red berries instead. Here are some simple, inexpensive holiday projects you can create as-is or modify and personalize to suit your style.

Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer, currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty and scientific news. Follow her traveling adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected] and check out her website: livingbylex.com