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These worn skates have been given a new purpose as a Christmas decoration. Knot the laces of the pair together and fill the skates with miniature wrapped presents. Embellish with an ornament or two and hang from a hook.
Editor's Tip: Make sure the skate blades are dull to prevent damage to woodwork or scraped fingers.
Here's a fresh use for large tree ornaments: Turn them into delightful mini vases.
For maximum star power, fill a decorative sleigh, bowl, or other holiday container with ornaments of a similar color and shape. Here, crystal, gold, and silver stars sparkle in a little sleigh -- more than they would if spread out over the tree branches.
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 mitten bags. Grouped in a container, these also make a nice table display for your party.
For the holidays, replace your everyday lampshade with this festive version. Purchase an inexpensive drum shade and punch small holes around the bottom edge. Tie lengths of thin twine to ornament hooks and thread the other end through the holes on the shade; secure with knots. On this shade, graduated lengths of string were used to produce a stair-step look.
Editor's Tip: To avoid another purchase during the holidays, use a shade you already have and attach the ends of the twine to the inside of the shade using tape.
What could be easier than setting colorful candy canes in one of your elegant silver containers? Use traditional red-and-white candy canes, or try any of the brightly colored varieties available at Christmastime.
To make this moss ball, wrap a small plastic-foam ball with lights, using tape to hold them in place. Cover the ball with moss (available at crafts stores), but leave the lights exposed. Get extra sparkle by putting the moss-covered ball near reflective pieces, such as a mirror or glass garden globe.
Get a little nostalgic and display favorite holiday photos from years gone by inside simple frames. Adhere pictures to Christmas-theme scrapbook papers and insert into frames, trimming the paper to fit.
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