All that sparkles adds to festive cheer
Whether you are going for an over-the-top treatment, or prefer a minimal look, holiday lights, wreaths, garlands and ribbon can all add seasonal cheer to your decor. Trimming your home for the holidays can be as easy as creating one or two festive focal features. Shop at your favourite craft or home store for inspiration, and check out the Internet for ideas and how-tos.
To see my easy step-by-step projects visit Canadiantire.ca. Here are some suggestions that will take little time and make a big impact. To help you get started, shop for the essentials first, so that you have everything at your fingertips. My essentials are: a hot-glue gun and extra sticks of glue; craft wire (thin gauge); twine; scissors; festive ribbon, including wired ribbon; ornaments; and greenery spray sticks.
Light some lanterns. The soft glow from LED candles makes these lanterns safe. Choose two lanterns, either the same size or one small and one large.
Place the LED candle inside the lantern. Tuck in pieces of frosted greenery spray around the base of the candle and tuck in a few coloured bells or tiny ball ornaments. Use craft wire to secure more spray and ribbon to the top.
Attach a bird or poinsettia ornament with hot glue. Hold in place for a minute until the glue has hardened. Hang small bells from the top and you’re done.
Create unique centrepieces. A hand-crafted centrepiece livens up the holiday dining table or can be arranged on a bedroom dresser or bathroom countertop. Look for ornaments that complement each other, or pick out a few of your favourites from Christmases past. Choose a solid base that works with the dimensions of your display area.
I like the look of a square, white plate for a medium size display, but this works with a serving platter or tray if you want a large cen- trepiece. Arrange an LED candle and large and small ornaments.
Use a hot-glue gun to secure them to the plate. Tip the ornaments and have them leaning against each other for an artistic effect. Loop wired ribbon around part of the display. For larger displays, add some greenery sprigs and picks to fill out the space.
Decorating with live flowers and boughs is lovely, but when you are making a centrepiece to last for three or four weeks, artificial materials make sense. Then, in time for a special party, slip some fresh stems in among your prepared display. The base can be as simple as a Mason jar, or as fancy as a crystal vase. Fill the container with pine cones. Create height with greenery boughs, spreading them out to gain the full effect. Then balance your display with colourful poinsettia sticks and other picks cut to various lengths. Fashion a bow with wire ribbon and tie around the top of vase.
Display wreaths large and small. Artificial wreaths are available either plain or with lights and other decorations.
Select two or three colours for ribbon, small ornaments and poinsettia picks. Wrap the ribbon around first, then use craft wire to attach the ornaments. Fill out with picks and finish with a bow.
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