3 Ways to Transition from Christmas to Winter Décor

After Christmas decorating can be tricky, don’t you think? Most of us bring in tubs and tubs of Christmas decorations, but once we cart them all back to the attic, things can feel a little bare. My home décor always looks a little haphazardly thrown together in early January as I try to A) remember where my “usual” stuff goes and B) how to transition it a bit for the winter season.

To be honest, quite often winter gets a raw deal in the decorating department. There have been many years where my home looks blah and boring at best and careless/disorganized at worst during the couple of months after Christmas. Maybe it was because I was tired of decorating after all of the “extra” from the month before. More likely, it was because I didn’t know what to decorate with.

But considering winter lasts for a couple more months, I’d like to have something nice to look at while I’m stuck inside:)

Here are some ways I’ve come up with to transition from Christmas to winter décor:

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1. Use your evergreen stems, but add to them.

Just adding other greenery, flowers, and stems to your Christmas evergreens can take them straight into winter time.

For this arrangement, I added some short olive stems from Hobby Lobby and a couple of branches to some faux greenery that I used at Christmas time to make a winter arrangement…

Winter greenery arrangement with olive branches.

Another good winter time greenery addition is magnolia. For this arrangement, I placed a layer of sheet moss onto the top of an urn (it already has floral foam inside) and pressed it into place with floral pins…

Sheet moss attached to urn with floral pins.

Then, I layered on faux magnolia leaves and pinned them into place with more floral pins. You can also use real magnolia leaves if you are lucky enough to have a magnolia tree. I like to place some of them upside down because I like the rusty brown color of the undersides, too…

Magnolia leaves in an urn for winter.

The last step is to simply pile on some pinecones. I used small ones and tiny ones…

Winter urn with magnolia leaves and pinecones.

I placed the urn in the center of my dining room table and also made some smaller arrangements to place to the sides of the urn.

It started with these small “log” vases that I picked up at a local shop and a single ivory flower that I bought at JoAnn’s…

Winter ivory flower in log vase.

I found a similar vase and a birch vase online.

Next, add a silvery green filler (also from JoAnn’s)…

Silvery green floral pick for winter arrangement.

Then add a brighter green floral pick (again, bought at JoAnn’s)…

Bright green filler for winter flowers.

I also used the leaves that were attached to the ivory flower stem…

Ivory flowers and leaves in wood log vase.

The last step was to add some faux magnolia leaves to tie the smaller arrangements to the larger urn…

Neutral winter flower arrangement.

A simple, neutral table centerpiece for winter…

Simple winter table with magnolia, pinecones, and flowers.

2. Use your evergreens but subtract from them; subtract the red and the glitter, that is.

This step is pretty easy for me because the only time I decorate with red is at Christmas time. And even then, I don’t use a lot of it.

Subtract the red berries from the evergreen wreath surrounding this cloche and it says “winter décor” instead of “Christmas”…

Magnolia leaves under a cloche and with an evergreen wreath.

This jar did have some stems with red berries on them. I just removed the red berry branches and replaced them with a couple of silvery-green leaf stems with a fuzzy texture and some plain branches…

A glass jar with winter stems and branches.

3. Use items from nature.

Things like pinecones, birch logs and slices, acorns, and antlers are all right at home in winter décor.

Pinecones on a winter mantel with a layered wreath, frame, and mirror.

Birch logs, evergreens, and pinecones in large bucket by fireplace.

And this one has an extra surprise; it lights up with a strand of white Christmas lights…

Fireplace bucket with birch logs and twinkle lights.

Ha ha! It looks a bit like it’s on fire in the photograph!


My entry table got a very simple arrangement with some dried flowers (from Hobby Lobby), a white candle, and a couple of pieces cut off of a faux greenery bush. These were put into clay pots and then placed in a wooden sugar mold…

Sugar mold with candles, greenery, and dried flowers.

Here’s the whole entry table…

Winter entry table with brass deer and sugar mold.

I really wanted to replace my sheet music wreath with an ivory colored pom pom wreath that I made last year. Unfortunately, I cannot find the pom pom wreath:(

How did I lose a wreath?


I hope this gives you some ideas as you transition from Christmas to winter decorating.

Just to recap:

1. Add some other types of greenery to your Christmas evergreens.

2. Subtract out the red and the glitter from your greenery.

3. Use some natural elements like pinecones and birch wood.


And I’ve got some more winter décor ideas coming up next.

Let’s be fair to winter this year and give it some decorating love, too:)

a simple winter tablescape centerpiece with magnolia and pinecones

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  1. This is what I needed today. I just packed up all my Christmas stuff last night and actually thought to myself how bare my house looked!

    Thanks for these great ideas! Look forward to more!

    1. Oh good! I’m glad they’re helpful! Also, I hope you didn’t pack away all of your plain greenery. I did and had to get back into the attic to fish some of it out for a couple of projects:)

  2. Unfortunately I did pack it all up, but I can easily get to it. Looking forward to more ideas.

  3. I was just looking around my house thinking how sad and bare it looks now that Christmas decorations are put away. I was wondering how soon was too soon to get out my spring decor! ?
    I love the idea of mixing in different greenery and natural elements with the evergreen. I can’t wait to try it out!

    1. Oh, mine was looking so sad and bare, too! And I just couldn’t stand to have it stay that way til spring:)

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