This post is part of the Whole Twelve Days of Christmas Series.  Read them all!

  1. The 1st Day of Christmas:  Christmas Card Tips
  2. The 2nd Day of Christmas:  Easy Decorating Tips
  3. The 3rd Day of Christmas:  DIY Favor Bags
  4. The 4th Day of Christmas:  Hot Chocolate on a Stick
  5. The 5th Day of Christmas:  The Christmas Story As You Have Never Heard It
  6. The 6th Day of Christmas: Start an Ornament Tradition
  7. The 7th Day of Christmas:  Easy Christmas Organization
  8. The 8th Day of Christmas:  Last-Minute Gift Tips
  9. The 9th Day of Christmas: Giving Back and Compassion Opportunities
  10. The 10th Day of Christmas: Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
  11. The 11th Day of Christmas: A Few Christmas Favorites
  12. The 12th Day of Christmas: Merry Christmas!

Decorating with Vignettes

I don’t claim to be an amazing decorator.  I don’t really buy a lot of home decor – and so I make do with what I have.  This year, when I was decorating for Christmas, I had an urge to change things up.  I got tired of my normal staging for my decorations.

I turned to one of my favorite decorators, Mix and Match Mama, and tried to figure out what she did that made her decorations seem so well placed.  And then, I got it.

She used vignettes.  She staged items with the whole picture in mind.

And then I got a little vignette happy.

If you need to change up your Christmas decorating with things you already have around the house, here are some tips for decorating with vignettes!

  1. LOCATION – Pick a landing (tabletop) that needs dimension and interest.  Make sure that it won’t be too busy.
  2. GROUNDWORK – Use a tray, large plate or platter to build your vignette.  You can also build on top of a pile of books! Can we say genius?
  3. HEIGHT – Make sure you include one or two items that add height.  Preferably put them in the back.
  4. MIX AND MATCH – Find eclectic items include.  I used a lot of greenery in vases, candles, bowls of candy, and other little decorations.
  5. USE YOUR KITCHEN – I used mugs, cereal bowls, ice cream bowls, and glass dishes to plate things.  No one will be able to tell!

I made a little coffee/hot chocolate station

My soap needed to be pretty too.

I used candles and trays everywhere!

candles and trays

In the bathroom, I use an ice cream bowl to hold jewelry.


More trays…

In my bedroom, I used candles and my perfume collection…

Try it out!  You might go a little crazy for vignettes!