Last Minute Christmas Decorating Ideas
Written by on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Are you finding that shopping, card sending and party-attending has left you with very little time to create holiday magic in your home?  Then, here are a few ideas you can try.

Ribbon is definitely your friend, in a pinch.  Below are a few photos (I took in a store) that demonstrate that idea perfectly, and they highlight both indoor & outdoor items.  Obviously, stores can’t afford to completely switch out merchandise for each holiday season, so they learned a long time ago that adding (holiday-appropriate) ribbon to an everyday object creates an instant holiday feeling!



Don’t have any ribbon handy?  Head outside and trim some greenery from the garden.  You can add that to anything –  OR – simply place ornament balls on top of candle holders or in any container, like I did in this bowl –


The ribbon idea also works great for outdoor decorating –

And finally, here’s a cute outdoor “CANDY” idea.

There is something special about gumballs, so I rolled out a (apx.) 2 ft. length of plastic wrap and placed a ball at one end, in the center (I found these leftover last year at Michael’s Craft store…

large plastic christmas balls

I don’t think anyone knew what to do with them… lol).

christmas gum ball_cut celophane

Next, I rolled the ball & plastic wrap forward.

christmas gum ball_roll celophane

I cut an apx. 12″ length of ribbon and tied a single knot around the plastic wrap, at each end of the ball.

christmas gum ball_add 1 ribbon

christmas gum ball_add tie

I took some additional ribbon and created 3 loops, then placed the center of the loops in the center of the tied length of ribbon and tied a 2nd single knot to secure the loops.

This created a bow on each end, which I fluffed  and finished by trimming the excess plastic wrap on each end.

christmas gum ball_done

Below is the finished look.  I used them in my goat cart in the front yard.

christmas gum balls

Christmas fireplace_full 2

Enjoy the Creativity!





  1. I like this, I actually have some of these balls, now I know what to do with them.

  2. Kathleen Rodgers says:

    We’ve made similar “candies” for our “Whoville”/gingerbread house & also used them as lollipops but were curious as to “where” you found the delightful giant candy canes??!

  3. Erica says:

    How did you make those beautiful candy canes?!

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