Effortless Christmas Entry Decor

Today, we’re sharing our effortless Christmas entry décor!

How was your holiday weekend? 

We spent ours snuggled up in our jammers with zero plans save for watching holiday movies, finishing good books, crafting ornaments while listening to Christmas music, baking pies, taking long sips of a peppermint mocha, and hanging out by the tree wrapping presents. 

At first glance, the items on this list seem like such small things.

But having uninterrupted time to do the things you love most feels like a huge luxury these days and I don’t take a single second for granted.

Christmas Entry Decor Ideas From Years Past…

Since we’re still working on a few projects around the house, I really wanted to create an effortless Christmas entry and keep our holiday decorating as no fuss and as drama-free as possible this year.

In the past, I’ve been mad for plaid in the entry

and embraced a soft and romantic farmhouse Christmas entry with pops of pink…

There was the year we hung garland around the door on our Christmas front porch,  so we really had to pare down our Christmas inspired entry which was a fun change.

Taking a Slow Approach to Holiday Decorating…

Truthfully, I’ve really struggled to come up with a theme for our holiday season, which is kind of unusual for me.

Normally, I find a piece of inspiration, a color scheme, fabric, vignette, or a series of ornaments months in advance and I run with it.

This year though, my goal was to create a cozy feeling throughout the house using lots of greenery, candles, twinkling white lights, and a tiny bit of sparkle.

And since we’re talking cozy, I wanted the house to smell like a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, and gingerbread too.

Creating an Effortless Christmas Entry…

To create an effortless Christmas entry, we started by layering greenery around our existing décor. 

As I’ve shared before, this tiny island cottage doesn’t have a lot of storage space which means using what we have on hand is a top priority.

I picked up several new pine garlands at Joann’s this year to add to our collection that looks and feels real. 

They’re very easy to use because they’re pliable and relatively light which makes them simple to hang all over from the mantel to the table to adding greenery to the chandeliers.

Next, I decorated a small tree with some of my favorite ornaments.  Years ago, I found these tree plate ornaments and scooped them at yard sale prices.  

They all have different species of trees on them. And while some of them are cracked, missing their plate hooks, and have even started crazing, I love their vintage feel.

Speaking of vintage, can you even with this old horse ribbon as a tree topper?

Sometimes I feel like I should change out this horse print for a holiday sign or a Christmas print.

For some reason though, I’m just not ready to take it down yet – holiday or no holiday – even after all these years ?

Budget-Friendly Entry Decor Ideas…

One of the most budget-friendly and effortless Christmas entry ideas you can create is a present filled dough bowl. 

These are actual gifts but even if they weren’t you could easily save old boxes and wrap them in pretty paper and bows for a no-fuss and festive feel.

We have a lot of people to buy for every year, so we try to start as early as possible. 

If you haven’t finished your shopping yet make sure to check out Our Best Holiday Gift Guides. We try to keep them updated so you can refer to them and shop throughout the year for other events like birthdays and anniversaries too.

Another thrifty and effortless Christmas entry idea is to make a blanket for your bench seat.  This brushed plaid flannel used to be curtains in our breakfast nook.

But over the years, we’ve used them on the entry bench seat and on the couches for the front porch as well.

With just a little over a yard and a half of fabric, it really makes for a budget-friendly project you can change up in a variety of seasons.

Finally, don’t forget to add texture with a throw blanket. I picked this one up at a charity shop for a few dollars. 

While this one is a bit too scratchy to snuggle up with, it’s easy to throw over the arm of a chair, an ottoman, or a bench for an inexpensive layer of texture.  

Finding Festive Ways to Celebrate This Year…

Whether you’re embracing slow decorating and creating effortless Christmas entry décor like we are or going all out with lots of reds and greens, I hope you’re enjoying the season so far this year. 

Yes, it will be different but there are still so many things to celebrate.

Let us know how you’re decorating for the holidays this year! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Other Christmas Inspired Posts to Enjoy:

Many blessings,


Similar Posts


  1. Amazing how color changes the look entirely. You basically used the same template (why change what works) but each one looks very different. All lovely

    1. Thank you so much, Gail, I really appreciate your sweet and kind words. Hope your day has been a special one and you’ve been able to enjoy the holiday season, CoCo

  2. Beautiful effortless entry CoCo! And I’m with you, leave the horse print. It goes with everything! Love your past entries as well. Mine still looks like quite the mess and I need a fire lit under my butt to remove the bins but I just don’t feel it for some reason. I know I will like it and enjoy it when it’s all finished but for whatever reason, that’s not motivating me this year. Ugh! Hope you have a wonderful week and Christmas season. Big hugs

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Cindy, I really appreciate it. I’ve heard so many people are feeling the same way you’re feeling despite what it looks like on social media. It can definitely be hard not to give in to all the pressure. So, you need to sit down and ask yourself what you need the most – and then give yourself the grace to receive whatever that thing is. Sometimes the greatest give we can give ourselves during the holiday season is a break and some Christmas cookies 🙂 Sending you big hugs, CoCo

  3. Hi Coco,
    Your entry is just beautiful. I love your mix of textures and the addition of the Christmas scents. And to make it budget friendly is a testament of your talent! Yes, this year is very different but we have so much to be thankful for. Especially for the kindness of someone like you. Thank you so much. I’m so glad to have found your blog. Hugs!

    1. You’re making me melt with your sweet and kind words, Ellen, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. I know we’re all at different levels of Christmas cheer this year so I’m thankful we can share joy when some of us want to do it up big for Christmas and grace for those of us who feel like a quiet place of rest would be the best gift for Christmas. Helping to share each other’s load is what it’s all about. Big hugs, CoCo

  4. Love it! I gave up trying to do a theme, for me it was too expensive to buy new things to support it and I just attempt to use my stash in slightly different ways each year. Altho, I admit, if I find an arrangement that I really like, it could return for years! The kids and grandkids also enjoy coming in and seeing the same things, traditions are what they look for. I love what you did in your entry. I love greenery too, it’s my favorite thing to use and of course twinkle lights! Because the world doesn’t need more cowbell, but it sure needs more twinkle! Happy week you guys!

    1. Yes to more twinkle lights and Christmas traditions, Crystal, I’m on board! Sometimes it’s really hard to come up with fresh ideas when you still love all your old favorites. Plus, it’s hard to store all that stuff too. It’s super sweet your family looks forward to having all their favorites featured from year to year. That’s what Christmas magic is all about 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  5. Your front entry turned out so beautifully and I loved reading through your fabulous holiday gift guide. I got so many wonderful ideas!

    1. Thank you so much, Heidi, I really appreciate it! Hope your day has been a special one. Hugs, CoCo

  6. So many beautiful ideas! The horse ribbon topper and dough bowl full of presents are my faves. That horse painting is amazing. Bravo!

  7. Your Christmas entryway decor is lovely… throughout the years, and this year, too! Love those tree plate ornaments. And I would have hard time taking the horse print down, too! If you don’t mind me asking, how big is your home? I’m excited to be able to feature you tomorrow at Tuesday Turn About! Pinned, twice!

    1. Thanks so much for the feature and your sweet words, Julie, I really appreciate it! Heading over now to link up. Hope your day has been a special one, CoCo

  8. So inspiring as always! I love those tree ornaments! I too would leave the horse print…let him or her enjoy and be a part of the Holidays! Ha! Thank you for taking the time to share with us at Embracing Home and Family!

    1. I really appreciate it, Jennifer, thank you! Learning to decorate around what you love and how you live feels like a major feat, especially, this time of year 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week too. I hope it’s been a special one. Big hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Theresa, I really appreciate your sweet and kind words. It’s so crazy to believe Christmas is almost here. Hope yours has been a special one so far, CoCo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *