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No time for Christmas decorating? Last-minute party prep? Check out these speedy ideas for decking your halls in style.
Create a splashy showcase for your favorite Christmas ornaments by perching them atop assorted candlesticks. Unify the display by using ornaments with a similar color palette and candlesticks that are similar in color or shape.
Editor's Tip: Keep fragile ornaments stable by using museum wax or Tacky Wax (check crafts stores or online) to anchor them to the candlesticks.
Give an ordinary pillow a touch of Christmas style with holiday-theme silk scarves. Wrap scarves around a pillow to resemble a package, and tie the ends together in a pretty bow. Hand-stitch the bow to the pillow to secure if desired. Use red satin ribbon to tie large red jingle bells to the center of the bow. Knot the ribbon ends and trim with scissors.
Transform bare branches into a cheery Christmas display. Arrange branches in a large urn or other container, anchoring them in a block of florist's foam or pebbles. Hot-glue a silk poinsettia to the top of a glass ornament. Thread ribbon through the ornament hanger and hang from a branch. Make several poinsettia-adorned ornaments to add pops of color to the arrangement. Add icicle ornaments for extra sparkle.
Editor's Tip: To use real poinsettias, remove the hanger top from the ornament. Set ornament atop a drinking glass to hold it steady. Cut a length of ribbon and glue the ends to each side on the opening (allowing an opening for water), using fast-drying waterproof adhesive. Fill the ornament with a little bit of water, insert poinsettia branch, and use the ribbon to hang from a branch.
Write a holiday greeting on a mirror with temporary window paint (available at crafts stores). Follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure the paint can be removed after the season.
Show off your special family photos by entwining them between the branches and berries of some holiday sprigs and greenery.
Tiny crystal prisms and balls look almost like morning dew on this blend of rustic pinecones and silver balls.
Houseplants look more festive with a layer of moss over the dirt and a sprinkling of holiday ornaments. Hot-glue the ornaments to the moss to ensure they don't roll away.
Stuff iconic candy canes into a decorative bowl or flowerpot, and add red-and-white stripe ribbon for a coordinating touch.
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.
Tie a large festive ribbon around a punch bowl and surround it with a fresh pine wreath to create a quick, easy, and elegant centerpiece.
Use ribbon to tie decorations in unexpected places, such as on the backs of chairs, on doorknobs, around vases, or on candlesticks.
If you want to send party guests home with a few goodies, skip the conventional paper gift bag for something more creative, such as these fuzzy mittens, which also will make a nice table display for your party.
Swaddled in cheesecloth, white tree lights give off a diffused glow. Swag the cloth over a window frame, then festoon the corners with satin ribbon and silver foliage.