6 Simple Hacks for Decorating Your Home for Christmas

6 Simple Hacks for Decorating Your Home For Christmas

Hey friends! Every year when I share my home all decorated for Christmas, I get a lot of questions, so today I am sharing 6 simple hacks for you when decorating!

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After posting my Christmas living room, dining room and kitchen tours on both the blog and YouTube, I got a lot of questions about how I hung things, hid wires etc. I thought I would finally sit down and write a blog post about this topic, especially since it took some time for me to figure all of this out. Hopefully these 6 simple hacks for decorating will be a help to many of you!

Use Command Strips to Hide Wires

Whenever I need to hide a long extension cord, command strips are my go-to! I use these small ones to clip the cords into, and it keeps everything nice and tidy. 

Decorating with multiple Christmas trees, minimal Christmas decor
6 simple decorating hacks Hiding wire and extension cords

My favorite place to use command strips is along doorways and openings when I hang greenery up above them. The cord can be tucked along side the molding of the doorway and clipped into place!

How to hide wires in your home when decorating
Minimal Christmas Living Room with Ribbon & Cedar Accents

Use Twine for Hanging Swags and Ribbon to Hide the Twine

I love using basic twine to hang garland and swags of greenery all over my home. One of my favorite things to do is mix real and faux cedar, and twine is perfect for wrapping all the branches together tightly! 

Using twine as a decorating hack during Christmas for cottage style decorations
Minimal and natural Christmas entryway

Once everything is bunched up nicely, I like to hide the twine with a big beautiful ribbon!

Christmas decorating hack for hanging greenery in cottage style home
Neutral and minimal countertops for Christmas cottage kitchen

Use Cup Hooks for Hanging Heavy Greenery

I used to avoid these because I felt like I was going to damage my walls, but turns out – they did far less damage than command strips! 

Cottage style Christmas greenery using cup link screws to hold up
Simple Christmas tree in dining room cottage style Christmas

Whenever I try to hang heavy greenery on my plaster walls, the command strip always rips off the wall and takes paint and plaster with it, leaving a huge hole. 

6 Simple Hacks for Decorating Your Home For Christmas under your mantel
Fireplace mantel decorated for Christmas with cedar accents

I switched to these cup hooks a few years ago, and I have to do is spackle a tiny hole when Christmas is over. It’s so small that I don’t even go over it with paint. No more damaged plaster, and the greenery stays in place all season long! 

6 Simple Hacks for Decorating Your Home For Christmas using screw hooks
Cable knit stockings hung on reclaimed beam Christmas mantel

DIY your own Christmas Tree Stand for an Interesting Tree Base

I wanted to use a really neat metal bucket in the sunroom for the Christmas tree we have out there, but the tree stand that came with our tree was too large to fit in the bucket. I tried looking at the thrift store for a smaller base (also an option) with no luck. 

I asked my husband if he could build one for me, and he said it would be pretty simple! He just screwed a 4×4 using 2 and 1/2 inch screws to a scrap piece of 3/4 inch plywood that he cut with his jigsaw. Then he used a 1 & 1/4 inch spade bit to create a hole for the tree to slide into! 

DIY Christmas tree base to fit into any style container for Christmas
Simple and neutral music themed Christmas Tree

Use Twinkle or Battery Operated Lights

Sometimes, it’s just not possible to plug in your Christmas tree lights. This was the case in my boys bedroom on their newly built shelves. I could have gotten creative with extension cords and twinkle lights, but I just didn’t want to. 

Book banner and cedar garland as boys bedroom christmas decor

This is where battery operated lights save the day! I love the way these look in their room. I also used them in the basket I have in our entryway, just to add some twinkle at night. 

Simple Christmas entryway

Use Decor to Hide Cords

Another creative way to hide extension cords is to use decor! I hung some cable knit stockings and set some long, vintage skis on the wall where I needed to hide a long cord. I love the way it looks, and I’m so happy the cord is hidden!

Antique skis and knit stockings for minimal and natural Christmas decor

Well friends, I hope going into detail and sharing these 6 simple hacks while decorating has helped! Do you have any other hacks to add? Let me know in the comments!


6 Simple Hacks for Decorating Your Home For Christmas


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  1. This was so helpful! It will be helpful beyond just hiding chords and things during the holidays. Thank you so much!

  2. You have some great ideas thank you so much for sharing. This grandma loves how you carry your baby around, so precious. I also love how you decorated your home.

  3. Hi Andrea,
    Your home looks beautiful this time of year. I purchased the cedar like you did to put around my house but it has already dried up and died. How do you keep yours looking fresh?

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