Speedy Christmas Decorating
No time for Christmas decorating? Last-minute party prep? Check out these speedy ideas for decking your halls in style. With glittering Christmas trees and easy Christmas garland ideas, there's no way you won't impress Santa.
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Mason Jar Candleholders
Any holiday bracelets hiding in your stash? Bust them out to wrap around Mason jar rims for the cutest candleholders you've ever seen. Fill each with water, then top with tea lights. Ahh, easy ambiance.
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Cranberries and fresh-cut amaryllis. Who knew a Christmas centerpiece could be so easy?
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Homemade Reindeer Art
Shh, we're about to let you in on a little secret: Christmas cards are one of the simplest ways to create seasonal art for your home. Tape them to the fridge or frame them and nestle them on the wall -- either way, they're an easy-peasy way to gussy up for Christmas.
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Miniature trees -- vintage or new -- add magic to a room. We use pipe brushes, dipping them in different shades of green then poking them into a base, such as plastic foam, which will not only be easy but also doubles as snow! Miniature reindeer toys bring the forest to life.
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Poppy Pink Wreath
Welcome holiday party guests with a pop of pink. This silky ribbon pairs perfectly with a store-bought horseshoe wreath. Use hot glue to adhere.
Tie a Bow Like a Pro (Really!)
Watch and learn: We'll show you how to make a bow that's (almost) as pretty as the present!
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Add Christmas cheer to a room by hanging paper ornaments from your windowsill. Alternating colors and patterns keeps things jolly and playful.
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All that glitters is gold. Fill glass containers with on-hand ornaments, such as these shiny beauties, for a ritzy way to welcome Christmas.
Tip: Be extra careful when tipping the glass container upside down -- you don't want the ornaments to come tumbling down!
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Bring the outdoors in by stringing fragrant pinecones and pine leaves onto a piece of yarn. Hole-punched paper ornaments and stars add pops of color. Secure each end of the string to the wall using office pins.
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Dress for Dining
One of the easiest ways to decorate for Christmas? Add flair to your already-existing table setting. Decorate each plate a different way: shiny ornaments, playful ribbon, and even pinecones!
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Transform bare branches into a cheery Christmas display. Arrange branches in a large container, anchoring them in a mini ornaments and a real or faux pomegranate. Then string on the minis for a display that's as easy as it is dazzling.
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Glass Jar Globes
Who needs a snow globe from Santa when you can make your own? Impress the big guy with these trinket-filled jars. Sprinkle a little faux snow (or even sea salt!) into each, then top with ribbons, lace, and all the pretty fixings.
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Silver and Gold Basket
Ring in the holiday like the song: with silver and gold. Go shiny or matte -- either way, all eyes will be on this gorgeous, ornament-filled centerpiece.
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Holiday Wall Greeting
Create a holiday greeting on a ledge with large wooden or paper letters. Adhere one of the letters with sepia-tone photos to give the greeting a personal pop.
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Red and green aren't the only holiday colors we love. Pink and white ornaments dress up the dining table when you place them in a large decorative bowl or vase. Blue makes them stand out even more.
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Instant Candle Glamour
Add some bling to a plain candleholder by painting it with glitter and pinning an antique brooch to the rim.
Editor's Tip: Create a similar look by adding a small ornament or jingle bell. Just be careful it doesn't dance too close to the flame!
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When in doubt, add lights! Wrap them around a mantel, doorway, or string them like a garland along the wall -- either way, they'll brighten up your home in a flash.
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Skip the flammable cotton snow and use paper town cutouts to create your Christmas village. White lace and mini wreaths (available at your local crafts store) fancy it up.
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Dressed Up Doorknob
Tie a bit of velvet and a sprig of holly onto a doorknob for a fun holiday touch. Satin ribbon streamers tipped with little sleigh bells from a crafts store would look great, too.
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Fresh Family Tree
Show off your special family photos by entwining them between the branches and berries of some holiday sprigs and greenery.
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