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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.
This easy-to-make ornament uses a florist's foam ball and carnations to add a touch of elegance and fresh fragrance.
Tiny crystal prisms and balls look almost like morning dew on this blend of rustic pinecones and silver balls.
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.
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