Simple minimalist Christmas decorations can be magical in small spaces and apartments.
But a simpler more minimalist Christmas can also really lift our spirits when we need more calm – and less clutter – in our lives.
So if you’re looking for inspiration on how to decorate for Christmas like a minimalist have a browse through these simply beautiful minimalist Christmas decor ideas for Christmas 2021.
You will find all sorts of ideas for both your living room and outdoors including :
- How to style a minimalist Christmas tree
- Minimalist Christmas tree ornaments
- A minimalist Christmas mantle
- Minimalist Christmas table decor
- A minimalist Christmas wreath
- Very simple Christmas garlands
- Plus beautifully minimalist Christmas gift wrap ideas.
And if you are hoping for a more frugal Christmas in 2021, the good news is you truly can realise all of these minimalist Christmas decor ideas on a budget as these are very simple Christmas decorations you can make yourself easily from materials you already have.
I do hope you feel inspired by these simple but lovely decor ideas and enjoy a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your family and friends.
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A Minimalist Christmas Tree
There are all sorts of ways to have a more minimalist Christmas tree.
You can have a small 3ft Christmas tree, a tiny miniature tree or model tree or a tree on the wall.
Even a big tree – like these from Norregard – can still be beautifully minimalist. Simply choose a slimmer, more spindly tree and really pare back the decorations …
But one of the loveliest ways to have a minimalist Christmas tree is some beautifully simple cuttings in a pot with just a few delicate or your most precious – and meaningful – ornaments hung from them.
It’s also a more zero waste Christmas tree option.
All evergreen cuttings will work but you can also use any fallen leafless sticks you find.
Going for an annual winter walk to find the right cuttings or sticks for your minimalist Christmas tree can become a lovely family Christmas tradition.
They don’t have to be covered with layers of gold spray.
Simply sand them down a little to reveal their natural beauty.
Minimalist Christmas Ornaments
Fine wire Christmas decorations make beautiful minimalist Christmas ornaments.
They help you avoid a crazy riot of Christmas colour and look exquisite on even the simplest tree but unlike some more rustic Christmas decorations they can lift a small space.
And when we are going for minimalist Christmas decorations we do need to play with light to lift things.
Putting simple white decorations on Christmas cuttings against a window like these from Annixen can look wonderful …
These tiny glass ornaments of mine have a more rustic Christmas feel but their cut edges can make shards of low winter light dance around the living room reducing the need for more decorations …
Very Simple Christmas Decorations
Shape – alongside light and white – is another big secret of minimalist Christmas decorations.
Very basic triangle and cone shapes can still capture the symbolic power of a Christmas tree and give us the feel of Christmas without the need to plaster literal Christmas tree shapes all over our home.
And we don’t need to deck every room with boughs of holly. A small collection on a table can be striking.
Minimalist Christmas Mantle
Less is definitely more on a minimalist Christmas mantle.
If you’re mantlepiece usually collects clutter take the opportunity in 2021 for a Christmas declutter or just to put things away.
And reserve the mantlepiece for a very few simple Christmas decorations that truly stand out.
If you’re really short on space you could even put your minimalist Christmas tree on the mantle …
Minimalist Christmas Table Decor
Even a minimalist Christmas table will have an abundance of food so we need to keep the Christmas table decor simple.
Tiny trimmings of eucalyptus or evergreen fir or rosemary on white plates or napkins need nothing more done to them.
They are an effortless nod to the Christmas season that won’t clutter the table.
If you do have a small space free on your Christmas table busy with food choose a small arrangement of white flowers as a more minimalist Christmas centrepiece like these from An-Magritt. They have an adorable aura of calm when we can’t help but get hectic serving up Christmas food …
Minimalist Christmas Wreath
Our minimalist Christmas decorations need not be limited to the living room and Christmas table.
We can take them outdoors with the simplest of simple Christmas wreaths.
A basic ring of eucalyptus, bay, rosemary or evergreen pine hung with plain ribbon is incredibly easy to make – and make look good – even if you are not great at crafts.
If you have never made a Christmas wreath follow these DIY wreath instructions that will work for all sizes of wreath.
If you do have a very minimalist apartment or home with white walls you could also make the wreath your centrepiece decoration in the living room.
Simple Christmas Garlands
Children don’t always feel like a magic made in heaven with a more minimalist lifestyle.
However, it is possible to find – and to make – Christmas decorations that are minimalist but magical such as these simple Christmas garlands …
I can’t find the original instructions for making these Christmas garlands – I found the images at Paris Apartment & Passion Shake – but they would be very simple to recreate with slightly white card or textured paper.
Again they introduce a powerful symbol of Christmas and winter without taking over.
I love how fragile those on the right are.
Minimalist Christmas Gift Wrap
Minimalist Christmas gift wrap has if we’re honest become a bit of a cliche.
Plain white paper and brown paper Christmas gift wrap ideas have been all over the place for at least a decade.
The honest truth is it’s quite hard to do well.
Believe me, I’ve tried.
And it’s not always an eco friendly Christmas option as lots of brown paper has been shipped in a great cloud of pollution half way round the world to get to us.
So the first trick to making minimalist Christmas gift wrap look stunning is to start looking early for butchers or decorators or lining paper with stronger grey tones that will look more elegant than cheap brown paper even though it won’t actually cost any more.
The second trick to minimalist gift wrap that doesn’t look rubbish is great ribbon or twine.
Again it doesn’t have to be expensive. Just spend some time finding some that really works with your paper.
Finally, if you want to wrap children’s in minimalist gift wrap check out the lovely idea from Annixen below. It is super simple but gives kids a lovely little pop of Christmas colour.
Minimalist Christmas Decor On A Budget
Hopefully, these simple minimalist Christmas decoration ideas have given you some inspiration for your own home.
And the good news is you truly can realise all this minimalist Christmas decor on a budget by :
- Creating space with a Christmas declutter.
- Going out for a nature walk to collect cuttings and branches for a minimalist Christmas tree plus your wreath & table decor trimmings.
- Focusing on a few of your most special Christmas ornaments.
- Creating candlesticks for your Christmas table decor from empty jars & bottles.
- Making a Christmas star garland from scrap paper.
- Reusing ribbon for wrapping.
- And even trading some Christmas goodies with a gardening neighbour who has white flowers in bloom.
If you are looking for even more minimalist Christmas inspiration do check out these posts that are full of more ideas of all sorts for minimalist Christmas decorations:
- 31 Minimalist Christmas Decor Ideas
- Cozy Minimalist Christmas Home Tour
- A Peaceful & Minimalist Christmas
- 100 Indoor Minimalist Christmas Decorations
And for more lovely simple Christmas ideas for truly enjoying the festive season with your family and friends in 2021 without blowing your budget check out these posts :
- 101 Simple DIY Christmas Gifts
- 75 Lovely Ideas For Christmas On A Budget
- 10 Zero Waste Christmas Tips
- 10 Simple Family Christmas Traditions