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Quick and Easy Holiday Tips

This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. All opinions are my own.  

Today I’m sharing some quick and easy holiday tips to add some festive cheer to your house. There’s no DIY skills needed for these ideas. And many of the items you may already have in your home.

Easy Holiday Centerpiece

Let’s start with an extremely easy holiday centerpiece. I bet you have most of the supplies in your house.

Grab a Tray

Start with a round tray. I suggest a tray that has sides like this hyacinth tray, which is very versatile. You may remember it from this post a couple months ago.

BHG hyacinth tray

Add Some Height

This is wreath size-dependent, but you may need to add some height to your tray. I did. I recommend toilet paper tubes. Reduce, reuse, recycle, my friends. The color of the tubes mostly match the color of my tray and give just the right amount of height to the wreath.


Add a Wreath

Gently set your wreath on top of your toilet paper tubes. You may need to adjust the position of the toilet paper tubes. You also may have to add a couple more. Do what works.

Fluff your wreath a little. They tend to get smushed in store and/or in storage.

For reference, I used an 18″ wreath I bought on clearance last year.

wreath centerpiece

Let There be Light!

Set your lantern with candle in them middle of the wreath. You can use a real candle, but I like to use these flameless LED motion flame pillar candles. With small kids, it gives me peace of mind not having an open flame.

wreath and lantern centerpiece

Would you look at that. And no one has to know there’s toilet paper tubes in your centerpiece.

wreath and lantern centerpiece

Swap Out Throws and Pillows

One of the easiest ways to change your decor for the holiday season is to swap out throw blankets and pillows with more festive ones. If you decorate your house with reds for the season, add a red velvet plush throw, to an accent chair, sofa, or bed. If your style is more neutral, add in some cozy textures like faux fur, knit, and velvet. You can never go wrong with a faux fur throw pillow.

BHG chair

Front Porch Cheer

The lantern I used for the centerpiece comes in three sizes– small, medium, and large. I like using them on our covered front porch. You may remember seeing them in my fall front porch blog post. Well, an easy way to change them for the holiday season is to add some ornaments and fairy lights.

I set the fairy lights to the timer function and put them in the bottom of the lantern. Then, I put the lights in the lantern and add ornaments.

Cute, right? I love how you can see them on our front porch from the street when they’re lit up at night.

lanterns with ornaments

Tray, Candle, Greenery

A quick and easy way to add some holiday cheer to the bathroom is with a tray, seasonally-scented candle, and some fresh greens clippings. In a small space, like a bathroom, the clippings will emit a fresh pine scent when the candle isn’t burning.

I put this little set up in our guest bathroom for my mom when she visits for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

BHG tray

With this stressful year, I think it’s important to do what makes you happy. Whether that being going all out with holiday decorations or keeping things simple.

This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. All opinions are my own.  

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  1. Every time you share that hyacinth tray I say I want it. I need to go buy that sucker and say ho ho ho merry Christmas to my dang self 🤣❤️

    1. Same! I’m adding it to my Christmas list!

  2. Brittney Grieser says:

    Great ideas that don’t bring a bunch of clutter but bring the Christmas joy!

  3. love the bathroom idea – maybe this year my kids won’t ruin everything i put out with their “curiosity” LOL

  4. So many simple and beautiful ideas!

  5. Love these! So simple, and I love the small touches of color with the greenery!

  6. Katherine says:

    Chelsea, you’ve done it again, such amazing ideas!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love those lanterns! I don’t have a ton of space on the sides of my front door, but those would be perfect. So cute!

  8. Wow! I’ve wanted fake candles with “flames” that move for years. Had no idea BHG had an AFFORDABLE option! Love all these ideas and that they’re “wintery” not just “Christmasy”.

  9. I love that wreath idea! And you’re right – you can NEVER go wrong with a cozy throw and a soft faux fur pillow!

  10. Love the toilet paper tubes back!

  11. Love it!! Simple, beautiful ideas! I’m trying the lantern one today!

  12. Love all of these ideas, especially the wreath on the tray. I love BHG stuff; it’s gorgeous & affordable. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love the look of putting twinkle lights in those lanterns! Great ideas!

  14. I love that idea with the tray and wreath! Now I wish I would have picked up one of the small wreaths from Trader Joe’s today!

  15. Stephanie says:

    Love these tips! So easy. Can’t wait to make my home more festive this weekend!

  16. Such simple yet impactful ideas. Love it all!

  17. I love how you make me look at hinges I already have around the house differently! Great ideas.

  18. Love all these terrific ideas!! Thanks for sharing;)

  19. These are all amazing. I want to go make them all right now! Love that it’s simple and mostly things I probably already have.

  20. Great tip with the wreath & toilet paper tubes!

  21. Such cozy ideas! I love the BHG line. They have great candles

  22. Love the idea to elevate the wreath! Smart.

  23. Love these ideas! And the frameless candles. With the littles candles make me so nervous.

  24. These are all great ideas! I especially love the wreath in the tray! Thanks for sharing.

  25. These ideas are so amazing! I appreciate easy decor ideas as I’m clueless with decor and so not crafty 🤣 Thank you!

  26. I love swapping out blankets and pillow cases for the holidays…. and all the bedding. Makes it feel extra cozy!

  27. Love it all! Added 2 red throws to cart and bought that tray a couple months ago at your recommendation. Keep spending my money!

  28. Cute. Easy. Brilliant. I think you’re a genius!

    1. Great ideas! Off to grab tp tubes out of the recycle bin 😂

  29. Definitely doing that wreath trick on my tray in my ottoman! Thank you 🙌🏻

  30. Lovely ideas! I have a similar tray in my bathroom. Hmm.

  31. I really need to get out some decorations. But my porch is lit so my neighbors probably think I’m super festive 💁🏼‍♀️

  32. Wow! Those are so simple, but such a great impact. Love it!

  33. Great tips! Love the use of the toilet paper rolls!

  34. Love these ideas! So simple and beautiful!

  35. thanks for that toilet paper tube hack! Love the lanterns with the ornaments and lights.

  36. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing all those creative tips!

  37. That is so stinking cute!! I love the way the fairy lights in the lantern look! And you could totally use a real greens wreath to bring the Christmas smell in. Love it!!

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