7 Simple Ways to Decorate with Christmas Ornaments

Even though Christmas is rapidly approaching, many of us are still decorating!  Yes, I’m one of them.  Since we don’t buy our real Christmas tree until the week before Christmas, I won’t be officially finished until I get that one decorated.  Of course, I decorated two other trees but the real Christmas tree is the most important one.  That’s where we open our presents Christmas morning and also where we hang all the sentimental family ornaments.  Speaking of ornaments, today I’m sharing some ways to decorate with Christmas ornaments that don’t even involve the Christmas tree.

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Glass ball ornaments on Christmas tree

7 Simple Ways to Decorate with Christmas Ornaments:

If you’re short on time, these are some quick and easy ways to spread some holiday decor around the house…

1.  Decorate a Tiered Tray with Christmas Ornaments:

Red ornaments on tiered tray

Each year, I simply throw some greenery and a few ornaments on one of my tiered trays.  Usually, I use plastic ornaments because they sometimes get knocked around.  Sometimes, I place the tiered tray on my island for an easy island centerpiece.

Red ornaments on tiered tray

Ever since I bought this cute wooden tiered tray, I have been using it to decorate my spot next to the Keurig.  Even though we’re not big coffee drinkers in my house, we do love our hot chocolate!  This photo is from a previous year, but I just decorated the tray a little different this year.

2.  Create a Centerpiece with Glass Christmas Ornaments:

Blue and Red ornaments in glass bowl

How easy is this?  Just grab a pretty bowl and fill it with glass Christmas ball ornaments to match your decor.  Recently, I decorated my table for Christmas in the dining room so I used navy blue and red ornaments to coordinate.  With the addition of a few pine cones and greenery, I was done!

One year, I decorated my kitchen table with a white ceramic village down the center of the table…

White ceramic houses with red Christmas ornaments

Then to add some color, I scattered around a few red Christmas ornaments.  It was just the extra punch of color I needed.

3.  Decorate Your Christmas Place Settings with Christmas Ornaments:

Red Christmas ornament and pine cone on table place setting

Once again, I decorated with Christmas ornaments on my table…but this time on the place settings.  Well, I guess I’m not the only one who liked how it turned out because my Christmas Table in a Navy Dining Room blog post has been one of my most popular! 

4.  Fill a Tray or Container with Christmas Decorations:

Red Christmas ornaments in star basket on coffee table

Yes, another super-easy way to decorate with Christmas ornaments around the house.  I picked up the star basket years ago at Pier One and have probably used it every Christmas in one spot or another.  I’ve even filled it with apples for the 4th of July!  But for Christmas, I usually just throw in a few ornaments and pine cones.

Red Christmas ornaments in glass container on table with blue and white porcelain

One year, my husband bought me a few glass bathroom containers but I didn’t have any use for the largest one in my bathroom.  So, I decided to bring it downstairs and fill it with Christmas ornaments.  Around the holidays, I’m always looking for pretty containers so this one worked out perfectly.  

Santa nutcracker and black lantern filled with red ornaments

Of course, lanterns work great too!  When I fill lanterns, I usually try to use plastic Christmas ornaments because when you open the door, they all roll out.  Believe me, I found out the hard way.  Though, I guess if you’re careful, you could use glass…

5.  Add some Christmas Decorations to Your Wall Shelves:

3 wall ledge shelves with dishes and Christmas ornaments

When you need a pop of color on a shelf, just add a few red ornaments.  Once again, if the ornaments are in a place where they can roll, go with plastic ornaments.  Do I sound paranoid about broken ornaments or what?  Ha!

6.  Hang Plastic Christmas Decorations in a Window:

Red Christmas ornaments hanging in window

Now, if you’re going to go with plastic ornaments anywhere, this is the place to do it!  This year, I hung simple plastic red ornaments in my kitchen window and I love how they turned out.  It’s definitely a super easy and creative way to display ornaments.  If you want to see how I decorated the whole kitchen this year, swing by this blog post – Christmas Kitchen Decorating Ideas.

7.  Decorate Outside by Adding Greenery and Decorations to an Urn:

Red Christmas ornaments and greenery in black urn

Since we always have extra pieces of fresh greenery from our Christmas tree, I like to add them to my urns outside.  Usually, I throw in some faux stems along with a couple Christmas ornaments as well.  It’s an easy way to decorate for Christmas outdoors and adds a nice welcome to the garage area.  

By the way, I took this photo in a prior year because it hasn’t snowed that much yet.  But…tomorrow we are expecting 12-18 inches of snow in New Jersey!  Needless to say, my boys are thrilled and I am too.  The first big snow of the season is always so exciting…and it looks like it will be a big one!  

Thanks for stopping by to see how I decorate with Christmas ornaments around the house.  Hopefully, I gave you some quick ideas you can use in your home!

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9 Comments

  1. December 17, 2020 / 10:52 am

    Such cute ideas! I’ll have to rethink how I use my Christmas ornaments. They’re obviously for more than the tree. 🙂

    • calypsointhecountry
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      December 17, 2020 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I’m glad you like my ideas…have a Merry Christmas!

  2. Andrea Nine
    December 19, 2020 / 11:40 am

    Looks so pretty and warm. My favorite is the star basket and the window balls. Have a festive weekend!

    • calypsointhecountry
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      December 19, 2020 / 12:27 pm

      Thanks Andrea! Yes, those window decorations were so easy and they let in the light. Enjoy your last weekend before Christmas!

    • calypsointhecountry
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      December 21, 2020 / 9:38 am

      You’re welcome, Michele! Have a wonderful holiday and thanks for stopping by!

  3. December 26, 2020 / 1:41 pm

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    • calypsointhecountry
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      December 31, 2020 / 8:37 am

      Thanks so much, Bev! Happy New Year!

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