It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas will be here in just two weeks! I don’t know if that reality makes you panic or jump for joy, but either way the intent of this post is to simply inspire you! I took some time to pull together some creative and crafty ideas with one thought in mind~ EASY!  So if you have yet to start any holiday crafting, decorating or baking, or if you are already on top of that and are just taking in the next two weeks with relaxed ease, the following ideas may spark something in you yet! These photos and ideas come from Country Living Magazine’s 101 Decorating Tips and I have taken the liberty to add my thoughts and tips to them as well. I hope you enjoy what you see and happy holiday countdown to you!

I know garlands are everywhere, especially this time of year. This one caught my eye because not only is it adorable made out of flashcards, but it is hung on festive ribbon with paperclips! This is something we all could whip up in no time! It could be done in any theme {think snowflakes or other winter images on it spelling out “wonderland”  or “merry & bright”}. Adding stickers or stamps or any other festive embellishments would jazz it up and make a perfect last minute gift for a teacher, friend or hostess gift too!

Flashcard garland

Another cute and easy garland that would be great for lots of corners of the house or strung across a bathroom mirror because of it’s small size is this office tag garland. The Cocoa Daisy Boutique has several great colors of baker’s twine that work perfect for hanging this!

Office Tag garland

These next three ideas are all on my to-do list for decorating my house up a bit more. The truly wonderful thing is that even though we are this close to Christmas I will still be able to pull these together and make my place more festive and these fun touches will only take a matter of minutes! I love merriment that adds cheer without zapping too much of my limited time or energies! These all fit that bill:

I am sure you have an empty glass container or bowl of some sort that you could easily fill with colorful ribbons, candy, buttons…

Glass jars with mixed goodies

Or fill a colorful red, green, silver or gold bowl with something from outside- like pinecones, acorns or greens. Done! If you are feeling more inspired and crafty, paint them and glitter them too!

Festive Centerpiece

If a bowl or jar is too simple and traditional for your taste, think outside the box or “non-holiday” and dress up some of your kids’ toys or stack some books and tie them with a ribbon or place a favorite holiday decoration on top. This time of year it is as good a time as ever to display and ‘show off’ some of your favorite vintage pieces and treasures. Even an old typewriter sitting out with a letter being typed to Santa would be perfect and a fun conversation piece for family and friends that you have over too.

Decorated Toy Barn

These next two pictures and inspirations come from Heather Bullard– who is a contributing editor to Country Living Magazine. Her idea was to rip small strips of fabric and use them as ribbon. They are cute just wound on spools, or used to actually wrap gifts for the holiday.

via Heather Bullard

Here is a picture and link to her recipe for Cranberry Pistacio Shortbread Cookies. Consider this link a small gift from me to you! I have heard that they are delicious. They would go perfect with a coffee shop gift card for any of the coffee lovers in your life. =)

via Heather Bullard

The final easy, inspiring holiday idea is one that will satisfy the sweet tooth. Instead of dipping pretzels, how about dipping candy canes in almond bark and covering them in sprinkles! You simply melt the white chocolate according to directions {I melt mine in the microwave and it just takes a couple of minutes} and the fun part to me {and probably you too!} is adding flair to the package that you wrap them in. This is the perfect thing to use your Cocoa Daisy kit scraps on- think of the ribbons, the stickers, the paper strips and tag you can glue to the top or even a splash of paint over a stencil or stamped images would be perfect.

The holidays don’t have to be full of stress and grand projects for you to make a big statement and the extra details and love poured into the things you do create or decorate send a message of love to everyone this time of year. I hope these ideas have added some Christmas cheer to your season and if you make or decorate or EAT anything from this post, please share with us on the message board and gallery too! We love seeing how our inspirations look to you!















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  1. Juliana

    SO many great ideas!!!

  2. Kristen

    Thanks for the lovely and inspiring post!


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