Quick DIY Holiday Decor Tips

Home for the Holidays designers offer their best holiday tips.

Every year Atlanta-based shelter magazine Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles creates a magical, inspirational showhouse decorated for the holidays. This year's Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse and Marketplace (open until Dec. 11) is no exception, loaded with clever designer ideas for holiday decorating.

Holiday House

Holiday House

This beautiful Atlanta home is all decked out for the holidays.

Photo by: David Christensen

David Christensen

While the house itself is, clearly, fancy, fancy, fancy, many of the designers have great DIY, inexpensive ideas for bringing holiday style to your home without breaking the bank that they were kind enough to share with Made+Remade.

Holiday Outdoor Containers

Holiday Outdoor Containers

Rustic Mediterranean olive containers heaped with evergreens and weather-resistant ribbon and decorations make for a gorgeous, welcoming entryway holiday container created by Atlanta's Boxwood Gardens and Gifts.

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David Christensen

Rustic Mediterranean olive containers heaped with evergreens and weather-resistant ribbon and decorations make for a gorgeous, welcoming entryway holiday container created by Atlanta's Boxwood Gardens and Gifts.

Garland Over Exterior Door

Garland Over Exterior Door

"You can never go wrong with natural" says designer Randy Korando of this beautiful evergreen garland flanking this front door. Because most ribbons are now polyester, they tend to do well even outdoors, so consider accenting your outdoor garlands with oversized outdoor/indoor ornaments and ribbons for even more impact.

Photo by: David Christensen

David Christensen

"You can never go wrong with natural" says designer Randy Korando of this beautiful evergreen garland flanking this front door. Because most ribbons are now polyester, they tend to do well even outdoors, so consider accenting your outdoor garlands with oversized outdoor/indoor ornaments and ribbons for even more impact.

Winter Containers

Winter Containers

Gorgeously designed containers from Atlanta designers Randy Korando and Dan Belman of Boxwoods Gardens and Gifts include magnolia leaves, evergreens, reindeer moss and a stunning trellis for interest.

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David Christensen

Gorgeously designed containers from Atlanta designers Randy Korando and Dan Belman of Boxwoods Gardens and Gifts include magnolia leaves, evergreens, reindeer moss and a stunning trellis for added interest.

Large Magnolia Wreaths

Large Magnolia Wreaths

Large magnolia wreaths are a great way to ornament these driveway doors. Randy Korando of Boxwood Gardens and Gifts recommends using a product called Wilt Pruf to keep natural elements fresh and prevent them from drying out in harsh winter weather.

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David Christensen

Large magnolia wreaths are a great way to ornament these driveway doors. Randy Korando of Boxwood Gardens and Gifts recommends using a product called Wilt Pruf to keep natural elements fresh and prevent them from drying out in harsh winter weather. But overall magnolia is "a leathery, tough leaf" says Boxwoods' Dan Belman, that will hold up for a good month outdoors.

Luxe Home Office

Luxe Home Office

This luxe home office from designer Heather Hogan Roberts of Ivy & Vine features garlands that the designer ornamented with fresh limes on wires to offer more interest.

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David Christensen

This luxe home office from designer Heather Hogan Roberts of Ivy & Vine features garlands that the designer ornamented with fresh limes on wires to offer more interest.

Bespoke Matchbooks

Bespoke Matchbooks

A fun holiday touch for your home, custom matchbooks are elegantly displayed in a bowl in designer Heather Hogan Roberts' home office.

A fun holiday touch for your home, custom matchbooks are elegantly displayed in a bowl in designer Heather Hogan Roberts' home office.

Presents on Shelves

Presents on Shelves

These shelves are the perfect place to display presents in this clever design idea from Jessica Bradley Interiors.

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David Christensen

These shelves are the perfect place to display presents in this clever design idea from Jessica Bradley Interiors.

Cozy Nook

Cozy Nook

Entertaining children for the holidays? Take a cue from designer Jessica Bradley and create a special, cozy nook just for them to get away from the holiday madness. This cozy teepee filled with cushions and accented by a basket of holiday books for reading is flanked by some stuffed animal llama friends to keep her company.

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David Christensen

Hosting or entertaining children for the holidays? Take a cue from designer Jessica Bradley and create a special, cozy nook just for them to get away from the holiday madness. This cozy teepee filled with cushions and accented by a basket of holiday books for reading is flanked by some stuffed animal llama friends to keep her company.

Headboard Garland

Headboard Garland

An unexpected surprise in a guest room or master: pretty garland strung on a headboard as seen in this Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Holiday Home room created by Musso Design Group.

An unexpected surprise in a guest room or master: pretty garland strung on a headboard as seen in this Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Holiday Home room created by Musso Design Group.

Bathroom Rug

Bathroom Rug

Holiday decor doesn't have to scream "festive." The simple addition of a luxe, soft-underfoot rug in your guest bath might be all you need to bring luxury and comfort as seen in this room designed by Musso Design Group.

Holiday decor doesn't have to scream "festive." The simple addition of a luxe, soft-underfoot rug in your guest bath might be all you need to bring luxury and comfort as seen in this room created by Musso Design Group.

Evergreen Garland

Evergreen Garland

Evergreen garlands aren't just for fireplace mantels. Use them to frame interior doorways, an especially nice touch for a guest room as envisioned by Atlanta's Musso Design Group.

Evergreen garlands aren't just for fireplace mantels. Use them to frame interior doorways, an especially nice touch for a guest room as envisioned by Atlanta's Musso Design Group.

Roses in Vases

Roses in Vases

Lucite, glass and other sparkly surfaces and objects can bring holiday-appropriate glamor and glitter to a guest powder room as seen in this vignette from Peacock Alley.

Lucite, glass and other sparkly surfaces and objects can bring holiday-appropriate glamour and glitter to a guest powder room as seen in this vignette from Peacock Alley.

Family Photos in Powder Room

Family Photos in Powder Room

Family photos in gold frames complemented by a gilt and glass lamp bring elegance and reflective shimmer to this powder room by Peacock Alley.

Family photos in gold frames complemented by a gilt and glass lamp bring elegance and reflective shimmer to this powder room by Peacock Alley.

Cotton Boll Stems

Cotton Boll Stems

Cotton boll stems displayed in mercury glass vases are a natural, elegant touch in a loggia powder room designed by Peacock Alley.

Cotton boll stems displayed in mercury glass vases are a natural, elegant touch in a loggia powder room designed by Peacock Alley.

Round Mirror

Round Mirror

White flowers are a wonderful way to convey a holiday message as seen in this elegant entry hall from designer Melanie Millner.

White flowers are a wonderful way to convey a holiday message as seen in this elegant entry hall from designer Melanie Millner.

Evergreen Garland on Stairs

Evergreen Garland on Stairs

Sometimes it is the simplest holiday decor that has the most impact. This foyer staircase adorned with evergreen garlands by designer Melanie Millner is the perfect welcoming touch.

Photo by: David Christensen

David Christensen

Sometimes it is the simplest holiday decor that has the most impact. This foyer staircase adorned with evergreen garlands by designer Melanie Millner is the perfect welcoming touch.

Acorns in Vessel

Acorns in Vessel

Talk about easy. A glass vase filled with acorns in a kitchen designed by Shayelyn Woodbery is the perfect, naturalistic touch.

Talk about easy. A glass vase filled with acorns in a kitchen designed by Shayelyn Woodbery is the perfect, naturalistic accent.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates

Holiday decorating shouldn't break the bank. Think creatively and find ways to incorporate the natural world as in this rustic wooden bowl heaped with pomegranates in designer Shayelyn Woodbery's kitchen design.

Holiday decorating shouldn't break the bank. Think creatively and find ways to incorporate the natural world as in this rustic wooden bowl heaped with pomegranates in designer Shayelyn Woodbery's kitchen design.

Lacquered Magnolia Wreath

Lacquered Magnolia Wreath

A lacquered magnolia wreath is a great option for preserving your decor for years to come, as shown in a living room designed by Womack Jowers Interiors.

A lacquered magnolia wreath is a great option for preserving your decor for years to come, as shown in a living room designed by Womack Jowers Interiors.

Wrapped Presents

Wrapped Presents

Don't relegate presents to under the tree. Beautifully wrapped gifts make beautiful decor around the holidays.

Don't relegate presents to under the tree. Beautifully wrapped gifts make lovely decor on tables, shelves, in baskets and heaped in corners during the holidays.

Centerpiece

Centerpiece

A stunning but simple centerpiece, a dramatic bowl heaped with glass ornaments in a room designed by Alison Womack Jowers and Cheryl Womack really makes this tablescape.

A stunning but simple centerpiece, a dramatic bowl filled with glass ornaments in a room designed by Alison Womack Jowers and Cheryl Womack really makes this tablescape.

Writing Desk

Writing Desk

Why not create a designated writing desk, beautifully appointed with stationary, pens and pencils to tackle your holiday cards, thank you notes and other seasonal correspondence as seen in this guest room by Carol Weaks?

Why not create a designated writing desk, beautifully appointed with stationary, pens and pencils to tackle your holiday cards, thank-you notes and other seasonal correspondence as seen in this guest room by Michelle Workman?

Wreath Your Lamp

Wreath Your Lamp

This clever idea from designer Michelle Workman is a fresh way to display a holiday wreath: around a lamp base.

This clever idea from designer Michelle Workman is a fresh way to display a holiday wreath: around a lamp base.

Ribbons and Greenery

Ribbons and Greenery

This garland ornamenting a guest room designed by Michelle Workman is beautifully and simply accented with pretty swags of ribbon.

A garland ornamenting a guest room designed by Michelle Workman is nicely accented with pretty swags of ribbon.

Palm Frond

Palm Frond

Bringing nature indoors doesn't have to be complicated (or expensive). A simple palm frond in a vase is a clever way to bring foliage inside without the expense of flowers.

Bringing nature indoors doesn't have to be complicated (or expensive). A simple palm frond in a vase is a clever way to bring foliage inside without the expense of flowers as seen in this room by Don Easterling and Nina Nash of Mathews Furniture + Design.

Magnolia Wreath With Succulents

Magnolia Wreath With Succulents

Designers Don Easterling and Nina Nash inserted succulents into this magnolia wreath for an unexpected burst of bright green.

Designers Don Easterling and Nina Nash inserted succulents into this magnolia wreath for an unexpected burst of bright green.

Ornaments in Vitrine

Ornaments in Vitrine

A pretty way to decorate with items you probably already have on hand, place colorful ornaments in the same shade in a glass vitrine and display in a living or dining room as seen in the 2016 Atlanta Holiday Home from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.

A pretty way to decorate with items you probably already have on hand, place colorful ornaments in the same shade in a glass vitrine and display in a living or dining room as seen in the 2016 Home for the Holidays home from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.

Silver Accessories

Silver Accessories

Blend existing mercury glass and other silvery accessories with more holiday themed holiday decor for a sophisticated look.

Blend existing mercury glass and other silvery accessories with more holiday themed decor for a sophisticated look.

Garland

Garland

Holiday decor doesn't have to be intrusive or work against your natural design style. A few subtle, well-placed garlands can offer just enough holiday spirit without treading into kitsch as seen in this loggia designed by Don Easterling and Nina Nash.

Holiday decor doesn't have to be intrusive or work against your natural design style. A few subtle, well-placed garlands can offer just enough holiday spirit without treading into kitsch as seen in this loggia designed by Don Easterling and Nina Nash.

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