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Unshelled nuts, sold in the grocer's produce aisle, can add natural texture to your Christmas decor. For these pomanders, secure a loop of ribbon (for the hanger) to the top of a plastic foam ball and ribbon tails to the bottom with florist's pins. Hot-glue filberts, walnuts, almonds, and Brazil nuts around the balls and hang from your stairway banister.
Give inexpensive, plain glass votive cups a little trimming, too. Hot-glue a length of ribbon around the votive and adhere a poinsettia scrapbooking sticker where the ribbon ends overlap. Make a set to use as a centerpiece or as a homemade gift for a friend.
Editor's Tip: Want to reuse the glass cups after Christmas? Use hot glue only where the ribbon overlaps. After the holidays, simply cut the ribbons off, leaving no glue residue behind.
Use extra garland to encircle a glass-top side table. Pin the greenery onto the tablecloth around the top edge. Or take the look a step further and layer a square of Christmas-theme fabric over the tablecloth before attaching the garland.
Editor's Tip: If your scrap of garland won't reach all the way around the table, simply pin it to the front, leaving the back unadorned.
Purchased icing is the "glue" that keeps these decorations edible. Place floral foam in a container, then insert a wooden skewer in the center. Push a foam cone onto the skewer, then cover with purchased icing. Attach purchased meringues using wooden picks. Finally, tuck bay leaves between the meringues and container.
A little clutch of greens tucked into natural wool mittens hints at the simple pleasures inside.
Wrap thin, inexpensive ribbon around the arms and base of a chandelier to add color. No-sew adhesive fabrics tape ensures that the material stays in place. Use the same tape to secure ribbon to the top and bottom edges of the shades.
Editor's Tip: For temporary applications, double-sided tape secures ribbon to lampshades or tablecloths. For something permanent or washable, sew the ribbon in place.
Turn paper bags into dramatic luminarias by cutting out your own designs with a crafts knife, hole punchers, and scissors. Then wait for dusk, fill the bottom with sand, and drop in a tea light to bring your walkways to life. (Use battery-powered votives if you're not going to be at home while these are on display.)
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