7 Easy Vase Filler Ideas for Christmas Decorating

Are you looking for some quick and simple Christmas decorating tips?  Sometimes, preparing for the holidays can be overwhelming.  In fact, just the thought of lugging those storage bins from the basement makes me sweat!  To make things easier, I like to work on one room or even one vignette at a time.  So today, I’m sharing 7 easy vase filler ideas for Christmas…with plenty of examples to inspire you!  

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7 Easy Vase Filler Ideas for Christmas:


#1- Easy Vase Filler Idea – Cranberries:

Since you probably have a bunch of cranberries left over from Thanksgiving, this is a good place to start…

As you’ll see, I frequently use them for my vase fillers…

cranberries and candle in glass vase - easy vase filler ideas for Christmas

Every year, I overestimate how many cranberries I’ll need for Thanksgiving.  Needless to say, I have plenty of leftovers for Christmas decorating!

Over the years, I’ve decorated many Christmas tables with cranberries and candles...

glass hurricane centerpiece with cranberries - easy vase filler ideas for Christmas

Not only do they make a great centerpiece, but they work with a variety of Christmas decorating styles.  For my farmhouse Christmas table, I filled vases with cranberries for a natural, rustic look.

red and black tablesetting with cranberries in a glass hurricane - easy vase filler ideas for Christmas

Speaking of cranberries, if you’re looking for an easy Christmas decorating craft, check out my mason jar luminaries!  Super-easy and super-cute, don’t you think?

Cranberry luminaries in mason jars - easy Christmas vase filler ideas

While we’re talking about mason jars, let’s head to number 2…

#2 – Easy Vase Filler Idea – Marshmallows & Candy:

If your home is anything like mine, you’ve already stocked up on the holiday treats! 

Why not make a pretty winter display by filling up some mason jars with marshmallows and candy canes.  Actually, you could fill any kind of glass container but I think mason jars feel casual and fit right in with the hot chocolate theme.

marshmallows in mason jars with red mugs - easy vase filler ideas for Christmas

No matter how old my boys get, they still ask for hot chocolate on cold winter days.

Of course, I like to keep them happy with other treats as well…

Santa and Hershey's kisses - easy vase filler ideas for Christmas

In our game room, I usually fill a glass vase with Hershey’s kisses.  Of course, they don’t last long but they look pretty and festive for a few days…Plus, it’s probably the easiest vase filler idea on my list!

#3 – Easy Vase Filler Idea – Glass Christmas Ornaments:

If you have a large glass container, simply fill it with colorful Christmas ornaments. 

This makes a great Christmas centerpiece or decorative vignette with a nice pop of color.  Obviously, a very easy vase filler idea!

red ornaments in glass container on table with Christmas greenery - easy vase filler ideas

#4 – Easy Vase Filler Idea – Pine Cones:

Yes, here’s that glass container again…

It’s actually the largest piece in a set of apothecary jars.  I keep the others in my bathroom and fill them with cotton swabs and cotton balls.  Since this glass jar is so large, I frequently move it around the house and use it for decorating.  

Pine cones in glass apothecary jar - easy vase filler ideas for Christmas

For instance, when I transitioned my decor from Christmas to Winter, I filled the jar with pine cones and displayed it in the foyer.

If you’re like me, you probably find ways to decorate with pine cones throughout the fall and winter months.  Displaying them is a great way to add some natural texture to your decor.

Recently, I bought some tiny pine cones to fill a glass hurricane for Christmas.  Since I didn’t want to start any fires, I used a battery operated candle instead of a real one.

pine cones and candle in glass hurricane for Christmas

#5 – Easy Vase Filler Idea – Nuts

On your next trip to the grocery store, grab a bunch of nuts to use as vase fillers. 

In the past, I’ve used hazelnuts on a Thanksgiving table, but they would look great on a nature-inspired Christmas table as well.  

hazelnuts in glass vase on table - easy vase filler ideas for Christmas

Depending on your vase size, you could buy walnuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, almonds…or a different type for each vase.  Just make sure anyone with a nut allergy stays clear of this vase filler!

#6 – Vase Filler Idea – Wine Corks:

Another great idea for a natural vase filler –  a bunch of wine corks. 

If you don’t drink wine, you could always pick up a bag of corks in a craft store.  After all, they’re inexpensive and you could also use them to make place card holders among other things.

wine corks in glass vase next to greenery - simple decorating ideas

For years, I’ve been saving our wine corks in a canister.  If I had thought ahead, I could have been even more creative with them.  For instance, I’ve seen people write the date and/or the names of the people with whom they shared the wine.  It’s a cute idea and I’m sure it would be fun to look back at your collection over time.  Unfortunately, I’m not that organized…but I like the idea!

#7 – Easy Vase Filler Idea – Coffee Beans:

If you love the smell of coffee, try filling a vase with coffee beans and a candle. 

Not only is the scent just wonderful, but the texture of the beans adds to the ambiance.  So cozy!

red plaid napkin on wood tray with candle and coffee cup - easy ideas to fill glass hurricanes

Hopefully, you can use some of these ideas when decorating for Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Cindy! It’s fun to play around with different ideas isn’t it? Enjoy the rest of your week!

  1. These examples are ALL beautiful, and even better, they’re simple! THANK YOU for some much-needed easy-to-make inspiration.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Thanks so much, Richella! Yes, simple is key! Thank you for the feature and enjoy the rest of your week!

    1. Thanks Michelle! Yes, the cranberries are super easy and they last for a long time. Merry Christmas to you!

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