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Holiday Decorating Ideas

 

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Gather a collection of your favorite, no-longer-used, or unusual tree ornaments into a crystal bowl, basket or vase for a last-minute centerpiece, or keep on display throughout the holiday season.

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 Drape your exterior doors and windows in pine or spruce branches.  (Most tree lots give away leftover branches for free!) To keep them fresh, use a spray bottle to spritz the boughs daily with water.

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Wrap your artwork in gift wrap to resemble gifts hanging on your walls.

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 Gather small cardboard containers (pasta, rice and cereal boxes work well), wrap in waterproof paper, and hang with ribbon from a tree outside your home.

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Assemble a collection of pine cones from an excursion in the woods, place in a decorative basket by your fireplace, front door or tree. (For safety sake, do not burn pine cones which may explode, in your fireplace.)

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Do you collect things like stuffed animals? Tie holiday ribbons on their necks and display for a Santa's workshop or Victorian look.

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Do you have wood stacked for your fireplace?  Paint the cut ends in holiday colors for a festive display. Tuck holly springs and ribbons for additional appeal.

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Place a small tree in your bedroom or bathroom and decorate with pins, necklaces and earrings from your costume jewelry collection for pure sparkle.

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Let your children cut snowflake shapes and hang from the ceiling to cause a "blizzard" in your home.

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For a homey touch, let orange peels warm on your stovetop (not on a burner) so they'll release their scent.

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Wrap the stems of your wine glasses with metallic ribbon or a bow for added glamour to your table.

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Use a miniature tree and place on your buffet.  Tie eating utensils with ribbon and loop on the tree's branches for a sparkling centerpiece that serves as a practical holder for your cutlery.

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If you display all your gifts under your tree before the holiday, color-coordinate the wrapping paper with the rest of your seasonal decor.

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Make a free-form table runner using leftover pine branches, nuts, votive candles in holders, ribbon, battery-operated twinkle lights, and fruit.  (Be sure the candleís flames and heat donít come in contact with the branches and cover the surface with a plastic cloth to prevent sap from ruining the surface.)

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Decorate interior doors as large gifts using wide ribbon and paper specially sized for the job. Attach a tag showing the name of each person's bedroom.

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Hang extra ornaments from the ceiling on thread, ribbon or monofilament line around your home or dining room table for a jewel-box design.

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Stack red apples on a cake plate in a pyramid design and tuck in some holly leaves for a colorful, edible display. You can stabilize the structure with toothpicks.

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Save particularly beautiful holiday cards and display them in picture frames in subsequent years.

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Use canned "snow" to create snowman shapes on your mirrors.

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 Frame large mirrors with white mini lights for double the reflection.

   

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