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Turn your home into an oasis of warmth with these holiday sweater candleholders. Wrap a rectangle of cable-knit sweater wrong side out around a vase and pin in place. Trim excess fabric, allowing extra fabric at the bottom and top. Remove the rectangle and sew along pinned line. Slip fabric over vase, gluing sweater fabric to the top and bottom of the vase, making extra effort to keep it flat on the bottom for stability. For festive touches, add velvet ribbon or a felt flower.
Turn crafts scraps into a bright, bold holiday picture frame. Trace the picture frame backing onto a piece of thin cardboard. Cut the same shape from two different-color blue pieces of felt. Glue the lighter piece to the cardboard. Cut out the center of the darker piece with scalloped-edge scissors, leaving a 1/2 inch border; attach the darker felt piece around the rim of the cardboard (and the light color felt). Glue ivory buttons into a tree shape, decorating with small colorful buttons as ornaments.
Hot-glue different size balls of twine together into snowman shapes. Use tacks for eyes and glittery plastic-foam balls for buttons. For the hats and happy message, unravel a few feet of twine from the top ball. Shape florist's wire as desired; hot-glue to the twine balls. Wrap the unraveled twine around the wire until completely covered; trim excess twine.
Display your holiday cards on an easy-to-assemble tabletop tree. Fill a pitcher with twigs and anchor with several rocks. Festoon twigs with ribbon and use curtain clip rings or binder clips to attach the cards.
Find a decorative use for all those old clothespins by adding them to a wide bowl with a tiny Tannenbaum. Cut a hole in a decorative jewelry gift box and stick in a real or faux evergreen sprig fashioned as a Christmas tree. Nestle the box in the clothespins for a cute potted plant. Small pops of red glitter glue on the ends of tree branches give a touch of color.
Sparkling clear candlesticks and vintage ornaments gather together to make this simple display. Choose candlesticks of different heights and ornaments of varying sizes to add interest to the scene.
For a unique holiday decoration, gather a collection of white cosmetic powder puffs and tiny trinkets saved from sewing and needlework projects. Sew or glue the trinkets in fun patterns on the powder puffs. Layer the powder puffs on a circle mat board with the center cut out, and glue the puffs in place. Add silver leaves to the wreath and hang the wreath from a white picture frame using velvet ribbon.
Fun store-bought hats dressed with white pom-poms and red buttons make a garland when hung on twine with clothespins. String across a window sill or mantel for a homespun decoration. Gift tags with crayon-drawn numbers count down the days until Christmas.
Decorate a foam cone with dozens of assorted green fabric yo-yos to make this whimsical holiday tree. Hold each yo-yo in place with a shirt button and a few bead-studded pins, then mount the tree on a glass candleholder. A hot pink ribbon makes the perfect topper.
Stretch the traditional Christmas color palette to include lime green and yellow. White stockings filled with small wrapped presents hang from yellow ribbon wrapped around the handrail. Embellish the handrail with evergreen garland for a touch of seasonal nature.
Add pop to a simple white 36-inch-tall tree from a crafts store by hanging tiny red ball ornaments -- simple and effective.
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