Low Cost – No Stress Christmas Decorating- the Dining Room

Last time, I showed you how to make silverware holders from jute webbing. What better time to show you the rest of the dining room than while it is cleaned up for the previous post. Winking smile  Like the other Christmas décor in our home, Christmas decorating in the dining room is pretty basic. I don’t completely change out everything, but add a little extra bling here and there.


Dining Room Christmas Decor- PlumDoodles.com


A big fluffy burlap bow made with leftovers from my thrifty window treatments finish off the greenery on the table. I just folded two loops and used a string from the frayed edges to tie it all together.


Burlap Bow on Christmas tablescape- PlumDoodles.com


The greenery came from a friend’s yard, and another friend gave me the big-is-beautiful pine cones.


Simple Christmas Dining Table- PlumDoodles.com


In case you missed the place settings last time:


Christmas Tablescape with DIY Jute Silverware Holders- PlumDoodles.com


Ok, moving on to the side board/ baker’s rack. This was originally a dresser that we found at a sample sale in High Point, NC. We bought it to use as a side board, then amazingly found a top that fit it perfectly in the basement of another store when we moved to South Carolina. So, is it a side board, a hutch, a baker’s rack?

Where was I? I get sidetracked occasionally. Anyway, I left the hutch pretty much as it is year round. Mom’s blue and white Lochs of Scotland transferware gets center stage with just a few silvery pine cones thrown into the mix. I had to dust for the close-ups.


Simple Christmas Decor by just adding a few ornaments to display- PlumDoodles.com


Another music wrapped candle- it stays out year round.


Low cost Christmas decorating dining room- PlumDoodles.com


The frosty music page birds are wintry, but I love them so much that I leave them out year round, too.


Frosty Christmas birds- PlumDoodles.com


The hymnal Christmas tree is left over from a couple of years ago- he’s starting to look a little ragged. I tried to tape it together at the top, thought I did a good job of it until I saw this picture….


Music page Christmas tree- PlumDoodles.com


And that’s all I did to create a no cost, no stress Christmas dining room. When I see all the gorgeous Christmas decorations in bloggy world, I start to feel a bit inadequate, but the no-stress factor outweighs the envy. Smile  I love that I can leave most of these decorations in place throughout winter- another low-stress bonus.


Simple Christmas Dining Room- PlumDoodles.com


What do you do to keep down the stress at Christmas? Any low budget decorating tips you’d like to share?






  1. Pretty and simple, Sheila! Just what I’ve been liking myself. I try to incorporate my everyday décor in as much as I can, too, because I don’t have too many places to store it all. Love the hymnal tree.
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  2. Very pretty, Sheila! I love your centerpiece! What a fabulous idea to use fresh greenery and pinecones! I try to incorporate as much of my everyday decor as possible, so I don’t run into storage problems. Love your Christmas dining room!
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  3. It all looks so beautiful Sheila, but can I again say how much I love those chairs!!
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  4. Beautiful decor Sheila. I’m keeping it simple too this year,
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  5. Sheila…lovely , and you are correct.. an all winter use. And simple! ♥

  6. You don’t need to feel inadequate it’s beautiful and you’ll be thankful when pack up time comes ;)
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