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9 Easy Christmas Decorating Tips from Real Living Editors

Work on DIY projects and be creative with your decor

Photography: Dairy Darilag and Sunshine Selga Funa (Main Photos)

With only a few weeks to go before Christmas, we're sure that you're busy making get-together plans, finalizing lists, and going over recipes. While these tasks may take a huge chunk of your time, you should also spend even a few hours planning your home's holiday decor and vibe.

Aside from bringing out and working with classic pieces that you've had for years, you may also want to consider a few easy ideas that are budget-friendly and charming, too! To help you get started, here are some of our tried-and-tested tips:

Keep it simple

"Try minimalist Christmas decor—it's more sophisticated and elegant than the usual multicolored Christmas ornaments. These are the types of decorations that you could leave on your house 'til the middle of January and not look silly." — Rachelle

Loved this wreath? Click here for the complete guide.

Opt for a few golden touches

"Go for unique and non-cliché Christmas décor by updating small wooden pieces with gold spray paint. Group three or four of them to create a tabletop vignette. A bonus: you can even display those spray-painted pieces even after Christmas!" — Sunshine


"I'm a fan of no-fuss and easy DIY holiday decor that do not require a run to the nearest mall. Corralling Christmas ornaments in a tray on the coffee table, making stylized Christmas trees, and scattering dried pine cones on the dining table can do the trick." — Dagny

You can also create your own Christmas cones! Click here for the complete guide.

Photos by Paolo Feliciano (Ornaments) and Dairy Darilag (Christmas cones).

Work with photos

"Put your favorite photos in light photo frames and hang them as ornaments on your Christmas tree." — Kaye

Prepare some homemade treats

"Decorating for Christmas can also mean filling your home with the smell of Christmas morning! Display a fresh batch of cookies on the counter. Serve the goodies on a pretty cakestand with a clear glass cover for everyone to enjoy." – Tala

Go local

"Wrap your gifts in pretty fabrics that your recipients can reuse for other purposes. Proudly declare your love for local by going for woven products such as Inabel, abaca or T'Nalak." — Paula

Keep it sweet

"Repurpose old jars and clear containers by using it as part of your centerpiece. Fill it with chocolates, candies, and even baked treats!" — Cielo

Photo from Good Housekeeping.

READ: 5 Sweet Centerpiece Ideas for Your Christmas Celebration

Pay it forward

“You can decorate your home with these Santa Claus ornaments from GKonomics, a social enterprise that supports Gawad Kalinga communities!" — Therese

Click here to place your orders and to learn more about GKonomics.

Experiment with colors

"Give your old Christmas decorations a boost by repainting them in vibrant shades! Consider painting your Christmas balls in cool colors like purple and blue." — Bea

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