Festive Holiday Decor
Holiday greetings transform into art when showcased in a unique way. A bulletin board (this one is magnetic) is a great way to show off seasonal cards. Have fun rotating them in, out, and around.
Magnet board, elegancefarmhome.etsy.com.
Advent calendar meets Secret Santa for a creative centerpiece idea. Invent your own tabletop tradition by wrapping small gift boxes (fill them with surprises), numbering with stickers, and presenting on a cake stand. And come Christmas morning, there will be an empty serving piece waiting to load with dessert.
Cake stand by Mosser Glass, mosserglass.com for info.
Festive Balls of Yarn
Meet the modern version of mistletoe: Dangle a few fluffy skeins of yarn from doorways, knobs, or hang on the tree.
To make: Simply wrap a styrofoam ball with yarn. Stick to a single shade or criss–cross assorted hues together.
From pinecones and bells to seashells and feathers, the holiday wreath has displayed it all. This season is all about the bows. Start with a foam board and attach bows all around with hot glue. If gold isn't your thing, mix in silver or multi-colored bows for flair that meets your style.
Jars of Shiny Delight
Recycle old mason jars into cheerful tabletop décor. Create this stunning display by filling vessels in assorted sizes with miniature ornaments.
Warm and Merry Welcome
Greet overnight guests with simple and thoughtful gestures. Fill vessels with bath salts in holiday hues and attach wishes for a relaxing and rejuventating visit.
Calligraphy by Laura Hooper.
Swapping out seasonal snapshots is a fast, no-fuss, and affordable way to update those favorite photos over the holidays. Embellish solid colored craft store mattes with decorative washi tape that's easy to apply.
Washi tape, cutetape.com.
Wheatgrass is far from just a spring-thing. Spread joy with a wow-worthy centerpiece idea: wrap the wooden create with oversized bulbs and nestle festive ornaments within the blades of grass.
Freshly Cut Garland
Tinsel and strands of popcorn aren’t the only options when it comes to trimming the trees. Create your own garland by tracing cookie cutters on green paper stock. Simply cut–out the mini evergreens, string together with twine, and let them swing.
Looking for a twist on the traditional front door decor? Consider a chalkboard with a decorative border for sharing (and changing) seasonal messages as often as you'd like.
Typical floral arrangement gets a little fluffing up. Start by placing a small vase within a larger glass vessel. Fill the space between the two vessels with pom poms that you can find at the local craft store. Finish off by popping favorite seasonal buds into the interior vase.
Make overnight guests feel right at home with a basket waiting for them filled with the essentials they’ll need for their stay–with a seasonal-appropriate spin, of course.
Everything is Illuminated
Neutral toned candles deserve brightening up. Begin with a grouping of three or five pillar candles: wrap a few with thick grosgrain ribbon; accent the others with gold push pins.
Shake up bookshelves with this kid–friendly idea: Let classic snowglobes act as bookends to prop favorite bedtime stories.
Stack of Stories
Pile a few favorite holiday classics (the more vintage–looking books, the better), then bundle together with lush metallic ribbon for gift–worthy presentation.
A wreath with this much personality looks sharp hanging inside or out. Plus, it makes a unique housewarming gift as well.
Spruce alphabet wreath, ballarddesigns.com.
Gather a seasonal mixture of walnuts, pinecones, and acorns and brush with gold spray–paint. Mix in some cranberries for added pops of color, then fill an elegant apothecary jar for a unique arrangement.