Be creative by decorating your Christmas tree with a favorite theme that suits your decorating style or your family's personality. We were inspired by a local festival of trees and have included tips for bringing the looks inside your own Christmas home. Bonus: We've included lighting tips to make your tree shine.View Slideshow
Christmas wreaths don't have to be made from traditional evergreens -- in fact, we encourage you to mix it up with eucalyptus leaves, boxwood, lotus pods, and even items that don't come from nature, such as peppermint candies and pom-poms. These fun-to-make creative designs show you how to make Christmas wreaths with unexpected shapes, dazzling colors, and out-of-the-ordinary materials.View Slideshow
Light up your home for Christmas with these unique ideas for adding candles to your festive holiday decor.
Set a pillar candle inside a pretty glass container surrounded with bits of greenery to combine natural textures with the welcoming warmth of candlelight.
Arrange your pillar candles in stair-step order to create a simple, classic display. You can buy candles in varying heights or cut longer candles to the desired lengths. We wrapped the candle bases in wide satin ribbon to add a subtle gleam. This display looks great on a mantel or as a centerpiece for your holiday table.
Create a falling-snow look with wire lines suspending votive holders, shimmering snowflakes, and pretty ornaments. Use battery-powered votives so you can leave the display lit even when you can't be around to monitor it.
Place red roses or amaryllises into a metal flower frog. Adhere the frog to the bottom of a glass cylinder with double-sided florist's tape. Pour water into the cylinder and float cranberries and a floating candle on top. Create a larger centerpiece by grouping cylinders in varying heights together.
Editor's Tip: Change the water daily. The arrangement should last up to seven days.
Grouping candles multiplies their star power. Light up a room with a simple lineup of votive candles on a shiny metal tray.
In the entry, set a tray of pillars on a chair for an unexpected greeting. An icy wreath completes the welcoming scene.
Add a wintry glow with this festive pillar candle nestled in greenery and peppermints. Press a snowflake stamp into embossing ink and stamp onto white tissue paper; then sprinkle the stamped pattern with red embossing powder. Trim the paper around the design and hold against the candle. Use a heat gun to embed the pattern into the candle. (Follow manufacturer's instructions to avoid melting the candle.)
Add a homey touch to your Christmas decorating with a candle display made from canning jars. Tie a colorful ribbon around the top of each jar, using a simple double knot to secure. Fill each jar about two-thirds of the way with water and add a floating candle. Group the jars as desired, then embellish the display with evergreen sprigs and glass ball ornaments.
Light up the night with a nature-inspired luminaria. Green leaves are adhered to a white pillar candle with decoupage and nestled in a bed of rocks inside a clear glass vase. Make several luminarias and arrange them along a walkway to welcome holiday guests.
Editor's Tip: For safety, consider using battery-powered candles for these outdoor luminarias.
Use candlesticks in varying styles to create a chic display. Unify the vignette by choosing candlesticks in a similar color or material. Here, silver and glass candlesticks are topped with classic white candles.
Wrap basic pillar candles in Christmas-theme ribbon for an instant holiday makeover. Choose candles that match your decor, along with ribbon that boasts holiday flair. Secure the overlapping ends of the ribbon with double-sided tape. When the holidays are over, remove the ribbon and reuse the candles throughout the year.
Transform ordinary objects into extraordinary candleholders. Arrange a medley of votive holders and small glasses on a glass pedestal cake stand to cast a pretty glow.
Turn inexpensive glass cylinders into winter wonderlands. Place one cylinder inside a larger one, sprinkle fake snow between the two, and add a sprig of cedar. Pop a votive or pillar candle into the inner cylinder.
Bring the luminarias inside. Line candle-illuminated lanterns around the perimeter of a room, or place glass candle votives along windowsills. Battery-powered votives make this display easy and safe.
This arrangement brings a seaside feel to the holidays. Shells hold votives on a lightly flocked wreath accented with starfish and coral. Because of the potential fire hazard, either use battery-powered votives or keep a very close eye on the display.
Create these fresh red-and-green candle arrangements in a flash. Simply tuck pieces of wet florist's foam into two pots, add a bit of greenery and some hypericum berries (available from most florists), and finish the display with festive holiday-hue candles.
Assemble this stunning table topper in a snap. Simply group nine pillar candles on the table center and surround the base with fake snow. Wrap the candle bunch in wide ribbon and embellish with red hypericum berries.