4 Easy winter decorating ideas

4 Easy winter decorating ideas

Are you wiped out from all the holiday fun? If decorating for these chilly winter months is the furthest thing from your mind – check out these 4 easy winter decorating ideas – before you throw in the towel!

4 Easy winter decorating ideas

Once all the Christmas and holiday decor is down, but before it goes back in storage, salvage any pieces with a wintery vibe as well as any evergreen greenery. Greenery will elevate your winter decor and add a coziness that only plants can. I especially love vintage pieces that remind me of winter, like ice skates, a sled, antlers, a metal thermos, and wool blankets.

4 Easy winter decorating ideas

4 easy winter decorating ideas

You guys know by now that I’m very flexible with decorating rules. My decorating ideas are just that, ideas to get your creativity and inspiration flowing. I may discourage the use of color or baskets when decorating for the winter months, but I broke that rule and used a huge basket with my vintage bird cage that sits front and center in our family room. So, when I share ideas or suggestions – they are flexible guidelines, and you should always decorate using what you love and want to enjoy for any season.

4 Easy winter decorating ideas

Simple and neutral winter decor

Keep your decor simple and more neutral than colorful. Color is great and having touches here and there is perfect, but let’s save the energizing colors for spring. Select a few simple pieces from your existing collection of decor and arrange them in a new location around the house. The decor will feel fresh and you can enjoy the subtle change without buying anything new.

Simple and neutral winter decor

Use heavy and solid objects for winter decor

Bring out the metals, glass, pottery, etc. Anything that has a cooler vibe will feel right during the cooler months. I love mixing metals and materials, and winter is the best time to bring it all together. Baskets, paper, wicker, etc. come out for the spring because they have a light and airy feel – much like spring. For the winter, I like heavier pieces, and lots of metal and glass. Dig out those vintage metal trays, candlestick holders, metal urns and vases, vintage toolboxes, vintage clocks, pottery pieces, antlers, metal stands, etc.

Use heavy and solid objects for winter decor
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Layer items to create a cozy winter vibe

I love layering and stacking pieces, especially when they’re old, worn, and neutral. When layering items, I like to use varying heights, varying depths, and create points of interest. To avoid a cluttered or chaotic look when layering, be sure to have some focal pieces that draws the eye. You can also create a calmness when layering if you use neutrals or just a few colors to add interest. And be sure to balance the look. That doesn’t mean you should create a symmetrical scene, but it means that you should consider placement of pieces to make sure you have balance and flow.

Layer items to create a cozy winter vibe

It’s OK if one side of your mantel is ‘heavier’ than the other, but try to add balancing weight to give the overall scene a sense of balance. I used large faux pine trees to decorate my fireplace mantel and a sofa table in my dining room. The tree is the tallest piece, but it’s not solid. So by adding a few solid pieces to the other side of the scene, I can add to the overall balance – even though it’s not symmetrical. The key is to set up your decor and when you walk by it, make changes and move stuff around until you’re happy with the look and feel. If you’re happy with the look – then it’s right!


Add cozy elements for winter decor

Our family loves soft snuggly blankets. And when the house is cold, several of us walk around with blanket shawls. So, I love to keep different styles of soft snuggle-worthy blankets around the seating areas of our home. I also move out our colorful or floral throw pillows and go with neutral colors. I have several black and white pillows from IKEA, they all have geometric patterns and work well during different times of the year. When the budget allows, I may swap out the black and white during the winter for some warmer neutral colors, but for now this works.

Add cozy elements for winter decor

Another way to add to the cozy vibe is to add bits of greenery around the house. I have more spring greenery than anything, but winter is a great time to cut little sprigs from your evergreen trees and plants outside – or restyle with Christmas greenery. However, you do it, keep in mind that less is more and just adding little bits here and there will do the trick without feeling too much like Christmas.

wooden bowl, old vintage books, and pottery

These are my new fave IKEA pillows


My sweet girls love ‘helping’ me decorate! They wanted to get in on the winter decorating action so we made a short video to show our cozy couch challenge.

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Easy Thanksgiving mantel DIY decor

November is the time of year that I tend to lean towards neutral colors with my home decor. I’m bringing out cozy blankets, softer pillows, any texture I can find, and of coarse, candles. This year, my Thanksgiving mantel is using decor I have as well as a few easy DIY crafts. This is my version of a Thanksgiving mantel DIY decor project. I made the doily candle holders, pampas grass arrangements, and the coffee filter flower garland.

Easy Thanksgiving mantel DIY decor

The coffee filter flower garland fell from the ceiling so I attached it to the mantel. When one idea doesn’t work out – just modify it and make it work in a new way. We’re not using our fireplace yet, so the garland works here for now.


Thanksgiving Mantel DIY Decor
Doily candle holder

When I made the doily candle holders, I tried two techniques and I’d recommend using both. You’ll need balloons, and you’ll blow it up to the size that fits your doily. With the first technique, you’ll need Elmer’s glue, water, and a bowl. With the second technique, you’ll just need spray starch.

Doily candle holder
Doily candle holder

Both methods will require an area for the doily to dry. I taped the balloon to a paper cup and set it on some junk mail to catch any drips.

Doily candle holder

If you mix Elmer’s glue with water, it’s not a science, so I don’t have measurements. I just poured some glue in the bowl and added water until the glue was thin, but thicker than water. The glue method works well on thicker doilies or if you need a sturdy structure to the doily. It does take longer to dry.

Doily candle holder

If you use spray starch, get a ‘heavy hold’ spray and know that you may need to apply a second coat once the first coat dries. The starch worked really well on the finer light-weight doily (the larger doily on the right-side), but it does has some flexibility to it while the glued doily does not.


Thanksgiving Mantel DIY Decor
Pampas arrangements

I used dried pinto beans to fill my pedestal vases because it’s inexpensive, shows texture, and it helps the pampas stems stay put. I filled the rest of the vases with yarn pom poms to add more texture and whimsy. I made the pom poms using a pom pom maker, but there are a lot of ways to make them without a tool you need to purchase.

Pampas arrangement
Pampas arrangement for Thanksgiving

We don’t have pampas grass, but we do live in a big neighborhood where we found several wild bushes. I sent my oldest daughter out there to cut six stems and she did a great job! I had forgotten how messy pampas grass is, so my tip is to trim your stems outside so they’re ready once inside.

Pampas arrangement

Thanksgiving Mantel DIY Decor
Coffee filter flower garland

This fun DIY craft cost me $2 to make and about an hour of my time. Each flower was created using about seven coffee filters. To reshape coffee filters, just get them wet and then allow them to dry. I put 100 wet coffee filters in the dryer with a few towels on the lowest heat. Then I had to flatten each filter, but it was fine because at this point I created my stacks of seven filters. Then I stapled the stack near the center, glue gunned the middle filters together around a string I pre-measured, and then stapled on the other side of the glue.

coffee filter flower garland
Thanksgiving mantel decor

The framed word art is from House of Belonging, and the laser carved word is from Feather and Birch on Etsy.

coffee filter flower garland

This Thanksgiving mantel was so much fun to create. I hope you’re inspired to give your mantel a little makeover – maybe with some texture from nature or even a DIY craft. There is something calming and peaceful about neutral tones, texture, and bringing in nature – there’s so much to be thankful for. For brighter colors and inspiration, check out my fall home tour.