“Keep It Simple” Holiday Décor!

Have you decked your halls yet? With Christmas a little less than three weeks away, we made a point of rounding up simple, minimalist and alternative DIY holiday décor ideas for our favorite procrastinators and iconoclasts!

The Alternative Tree

Here’s a tutorial for a simple, Scandinavian-inspired plywood tree, with forest green paint and glued-on pegs to hang treasured ornaments. And you don’t have to be an artist like blogger Tanya at DansleLakehouse. Just use a cookie-cutter  for inspiration – and ditch the straight lines!

If you’re handy with a saw and hammer, the plywood tree-idea can take on all sorts of looks and dimensions, as you can see from these pinners at Pinterest!

And while we’re talking plywood, stringing lights onto a length of wood in the shape of a tree can provide not just holiday illumination but conversation-starting décor! A Pair and a Spare shows you how.

Simple Holiday DecorMy Home My Style man-handled steel and copper wire around a Styrofoam cone to craft these “trees” for a mantel or tabletop. Home Depot sells the wire by the foot for so you can knock out three of these simple decorations in an afternoon.

An advent calendar can assume the shape of a tree, like Martha Stewart’s minimalist envelope idea incorporating this perennial Christmas tradition. You can stuff the envelopes with lightweight presents like gift cards, nail wraps and stickers, and let the kids pull them out a day at a time.

Here’s an idea to borrow, but might take more than an afternoon to assemble: Swedish artist Michael Johansson stacked different lengths and colors of green boxes and books and added a mirror for a merry tree that’s all about art.

HGTV has 21 alternative tree ideas to try – if real evergreens aren’t a must-have in your home, or even if you just want to add an extra-ordinary tree in another room of your house.

And while getting a delivery from Belgium by Christmas might be dicey, this cool cardboard tree from OdenneBoom with 300 LED lights and a remote control is ultimate in recyclables. Or here’s a quickie DIY version from Chatelaine, complete with a tree template that kiddos will have fun decorating with washi tape and glitter glue!

Wreaths, Etc.

Simple Holiday DecorGift cards are welcome presents, but are hard to give with any sort of wow-factor. HomeyOhMy remedied that with mini-wreaths made using vine-wrapped wire and myrtle greens. The wreaths are simple holiday décor until the time comes to present the plastic!

Simple gold garland can dress up a wall or a tree, using metallic gold scrapbook paper, string and tape. Blogger Molly at Almost Makes Perfect said she used a template to cut out a bazillion triangles while binge-watching Netflix.

Martha Stewart uses wood strips in the shape of a star and hot glues lengths of rosemary and evergreens to them for easy and festive, wall décor.

And while you can make your own pine décor, swags and garlands with lights and ornaments, you can also go the quicker and non-DIY route with Home Depot’s inventory of pre-decorated holiday accents.

For inspiration before you shop online or at your neighborhood craft and home improvement store, check out Midwest Living’s collection of 50 quick and easy holiday decorating designs, as well as these pins (hundreds) on Pinterest (hundreds, more) for simple holiday ideas to imitate and just plain poach!

Simply Colliers Hill

Colliers Hill is simply convenient. Denver, Boulder and Denver International Airport are about 30 minutes from Erie, where you can enjoy all the attractions of small town living. With 10 sensational models to explore, Shea Homes and Richmond American Homes have designs for every taste and style. Priced the upper $300s to the $600s, it’s time to make your way home to Colliers Hill!