Country Sampler - - Decorate with Craft -

14. Wreathed in lay­ers. Tuck berries and greens into a twig wreath and top it with a card­board ring cov­ered in wood discs and pinecone flow­ers. Se­cure the ring to the cen­ter of the twig wreath and place a dec­o­ra­tive doily in the wreath open­ing.

15. Purely or­na­men­tal.

Show­case heir­loom or­na­ments, like these beau­ties that be­longed to Tammy’s grand­mother, by sus­pend­ing them from rib­bons se­cured to the back of a sea­sonal sign. Add ex­tra or­na­men­ta­tion to a win­dow with shut­ters, dec­o­ra­tive brack­ets and a tin star.

16. Red alert. Liven up the pal­ette with a few dashes of red, such as a pil­low, throw or cur­tain panel. Press a pep­per­mint-stripe tree skirt into ser­vice as an im­promptu cover for a trunk or ta­ble. “A few quick changes can make a room in­stantly feel more Christ­massy,” Carolynn notes.

17. Card trick. Vintage hol­i­day postcards are still fairly in­ex­pen­sive, es­pe­cially those that have been writ­ten upon and post­marked. These col­or­ful greet­ings are just the right size for fill­ing pic­ture frames or, as Carolynn did here, tuck­ing into the framed open­ings of an old win­dow mounted on the wall.

18. Snow won­ders. Get a lit­tle flaky and in­clude snow and snow-folk mo­tifs amid your hol­i­day fare—a pil­low, a fig­ure, or a print or two lend a win­try touch that can re­main on dis­play for weeks af­ter the last Christ­mas gift is un­wrapped. H

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