Decorate on the Cheap With Everyday Items
Wine Glasses as Candle Holders
Elevate tealights or plain votives. Place a candle in a thick-walled glass and anchor it with a thin layer of sand or small pebbles for more elegant mood lighting.
Picture Frame as Drink Tray
Place a double of your favorite photo (so as not to ruin the original in case of condensation) under the glass and set out the drinks.
Dish Towels as Placemats
Let a colorful dish towel span the center of your table and you'll get two place mats for the price of an easy wash-and-dry staple and a Paris bistro feel (no passport required).
Ribbon as Lampshade Decoration
Update an old lampshade by attaching a strip of grosgrain ribbon to the top and bottom edges with a thin layer of fabric glue.
Vase as Toilet Paper Storage
The perfect arrangement for helping toilet paper hide in plain sight. Guests don't have to root around for a new roll in your not absolutely, positively tidy vanity, and you always know when you're running low.
Planter as Side Table
Supplement your assortment of occasional tables by bringing a tall planter indoors and topping it with a piece of glass.
Pumpkin as Centerpiece
Create a seasonal table-topper: Cut off the top and hollow out the seeds. Arrange fresh flowers, such as daisies or mums, in a water-filled jar and place inside, or use dried leaves and twigs.