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Decorate your home for Christmas using glasses, ornaments, and more that you already own. Check out these inventive Christmas decor ideas that won't deplete your pocketbook.
What You Have: snowflake cutouts, clips
Snowflake cutouts reminiscent of Christmas celebrations past can be put to good use -- hang them from a wall, a frame, or a window for an indoor touch of winter wonderland.
What You Have: ornaments, clear glass container, serving tray
Any clear glass container can become a gift-wrapped centerpiece. For an eye-catching and cohesive look, use ornaments in a trio of colors. Place the container on a silver tray, wrap it with a bow, add a few more balls to the tray, and fill in with shredded tissue paper for a snowlike effect.
What You Have: tree toppers
Have more toppers than trees? No problem. Just group a few favorites atop a mantel or shelf. If some of the toppers tend to fall, use pea-size balls of clear candleholder wax to hold them upright.
A simple white pitcher becomes a base for this Christmas card display. Fill with small branches, and slip clips onto the branches to attach Christmas cards. Drape a strand of zigzag red ribbon around the branches as a festive garland.
What You Have: photographs, clear glass containers
For a decoration that combines photo memories and your favorite ornaments, look no further. Fill a clear glass canister with a variety of ornaments, then tuck in a black-and-white photo. A container of candy canes nearby lends a festive touch of red to this Christmas display.
What You Have: peppermint sticks, vase
A red rose bouquet looks even more gorgeous when wrapped with peppermint sticks. Hot-glue candy sticks around a vase; then encircle with a red-and-white ribbon. A round peppermint ball hot-glued at the center of the bow completes the look.
What You Have: ornaments, candlesticks, footed compote
Silver candlesticks, a footed compote, red ornaments, and sprigs of foliage create a festive centerpiece that brings Christmas to any table. Pick your favorite holiday color, and then rummage through your Christmas decorations for ornaments that match the color scheme.
What You Have: frame, wall hanging, easel
Frame a hand-made wall hanging and place it on an easel to declare your Christmas spirit. Place it alone on a side table or group it with other wall hangings for a more ornate decoration.
What You Have: oranges, candles, mirror
This candle centerpiece looks intricate but takes just minutes to create. To make, gather candles of varying heights and then nestle them among clementines, pinecones, and small evergreen branches for a fun Christmas decoration. Use a beveled edge mirror as a sparkling base.
What You Have: bike, Christmas lights
Add vintage-style outdoor bulbs to a retired bicycle for an unusual outdoor decoration sure to entice a smile. Wrap bulbs from the handlebars to the spokes, propping the bike against a wall or fence for extra support.
What You Have: oven mitts
These mitts look just right hung over the fireplace with care. Decorate bold-color oven mitts with fabric, shiny sequins, bells, and bows for an original take on your typical Christmas stocking. Fill mitts with themed items like cooking utensils for a spin on holiday sparkle.
What You Have: basket, wrapped gifts
An old-fashioned basket serves as the perfect holder for Christmas gifts, adding an extra decorative touch and also making the wrapped gifts easy to transport. Consider setting aside a basket for each recipient.
What You Have: wheelbarrow
Instead of retiring your wheelbarrow this winter, use it as part of an adorable Christmas tree display. Fill it with a potted (or artificial) evergreen and decorate with lights for extra Christmas spirit.
Editor's Tip: Depending upon which zone you live in, you might be able to plant the tree in the spring -- just keep the size of the wheelbarrow in mind.
What You Have: large bowl, ribbon, tiered serving tray
Simply add green ribbon to your table's fruit bowl for a quick decoration with Christmas flair. Fill a tiered serving tray with fruit, foliage, and holiday touches -- such as ornaments or wrapped candies -- to make it part of your Christmas decor.
What You Have: produce, footed cake plate, decorative plate
Fruits and vegetables from your fridge transform into a festive holiday centerpiece. Pick a Christmas color theme --shades of green or red -- and then arrange same-color produce on a decorative plate set atop a footed cake plate. Candles and green and silver ornaments placed on the table play off the color, while a ring of foliage picks up the theme of nature in this Christmas vignette.
What You Have: wrapping paper, coffee can
All you need is some wrapping paper, ribbon, and an empty coffee can to create a pretty but minimalist floral table display. Bright, glittery yarn and wild stickers adorn a bottle of wine for a fun winter touch.
What You Have: Scrabble pieces
You'll be the winner with these fun board-game-inspired Christmas decorations. Hot-glue (or just arrange) Scrabble pieces to wish guests "Season's Greetings" or any other holiday message you can conjure up.
Editor's Tip: With the right letters on hand, you can use this Christmas decor idea to create place cards for your next holiday meal.
What You Have: tin can, ribbon, ornaments
Use a simple tin can and a foam cone to transform leaves and a variety of ornaments into a green-and-silver Christmas ornament bouquet. Tie a red ribbon into a bow to complete the decoration. Use as a centerpiece or as a part of your holiday side-table decor.
Editor's Tip: To expand on the display, decorate two smaller cans to place alongside the larger ornament bouquet.
What You Have: cookie cutters
Use letter cookie cutters to spell out "Holidays" or any other merry wishes you have this Christmas. Stand the cookie cutters up on a shelf or counter, using wax or putty to hold in place if necessary.