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Last Minute Christmas Decorations

Last Minute Holiday Decorations

Has this ever happened to you? Suddenly it’s a week before Christmas and you get home from work only to realize that you’re having 20 family members over for dinner, and your house is looking a little sparsely decorated. Don’t worry – it happens to the best of us.

Between work, school, shopping, and preparing for your holiday feast, maybe you just haven’t found time to deck the halls (or maybe you’re just a huge procrastinator like me). Either way, we’ve put together a list of super easy Christmas decorations you can make using paper.

Christmas Tree Cutouts

These Christmas tree cutouts are a great decoration for your hall table, coffee table, or dinner table! Try making them in different sizes and using different shades of green cardstock to turn your table into a Christmas forest.

Watch this video to learn how to make your own Christmas tree cutouts.

Bunting Banner

This easy bunting banner is perfect for whatever holiday you celebrate. You can make it using any color palette, and you can easily customize what it says.

Bunting BannerYou can find the tutorial here, thanks to Vicky Barone. Shop our selection of cardstock by color to find the right palette for your celebration.

Printable Cheer

If you’re looking for some quick wall art to fill in that blank space behind your buffet or bar, these chalkboard printables offer some casual festive charm.

Last Minute Christmas Chalkboard Printables

Download the printables here, courtesy of Upcycled Treasures.

For The Kids

Getting your kids to help decorate for the holidays is like hitting two birds with one stone: it saves you time and effort, and gives them a fun, festive activity to do while they’re off school!

Try making these handprint wreaths:

Last Minute Handprint Wreath

Bonus: these wreaths make a great last minute gift for the grandparents.

Find out how to make them here, by My Name is Snickerdoodle.


If your tree is looking a bit bare, try making these simple paper baubles. You can use them to fill in the empty areas, and you can make them in any color to suit your decorating style.

Last Minute Paper Tree Bauble

These baubles would also look adorable in a vase or bowl as a last-minute centrepiece for your holiday table.

Find the tutorial here, by Stephanie Lynn.

Season’s Greetings!

These last minute holiday decorations are sure to bring that little bit of missing cheer to your celebrations. They’re easy to make and use only basic tools and materials, so there’s no reason to worry if you’ve left your decorating a little late!

Happy holidays from everyone at The Paper Mill Store!

Steph Schinkel

Steph is an avid crafter, DIY enthusiast, and regular contributor to The Paper who loves to handmake all of her cards. Above all else, Steph is a die-hard foodie with a massive sweet tooth and a deep, soul-consuming love for chocolate.