Country Sampler - - Decorate with Craft -

10. Stand-up Santa. Give a spe­cial dec­o­ra­tion, such as this wood­land Santa, a place of promi­nence by prop­ping him on an up­turned cake stand topped with a dec­o­ra­tive mir­ror. Dis­guise the bot­tom of the stand with sprigs of fresh holly.

11. Star­ring role. “The tree is al­ways a great start­ing point for a theme,” Carolynn says. She went with a sim­ple look, fea­tur­ing beaded gar­land, clip-on can­dle lights and star-shaped or­na­ments crafted from pinecones and dried star anise (left), which im­parts a spicy licorice scent as well as adding a rus­tic touch.

12. Book­ish by na­ture. Build your own book­ends by af­fix­ing large pinecones tipped in white paint to the tops of small seg­ments of birch wood. Cir­cle the wood with hol­i­day rib­bon and glue a dried star anise to the cen­ter of the rib­bon. Pair the hol­i­day hold-ups with red or green books.

13. Fab­ric fes­tiv­i­ties. Why not mix fab­rics when dec­o­rat­ing cab­i­net shelves? Carolynn used a patch­work run­ner on the bot­tom, red burlap in the cen­ter and a cro­cheted doily on top, where it sets off the thrift-shop cookie jar and bat­tery-pow­ered can­dle trio.

72 NOVEM­BER 2017

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