Give your guests a festive welcome with these fast and fun holiday projects.
The relatives will be at your doorstep at 6 p.m. tomorrow, and you haven’t had a chance to decorate. It’s time for some instant cheer. Here are 6 fun and simple-as-can-be ideas for turning your house from ho-hum to holiday-ready before you can say, “Merry Christmas!”
Light the night
Start making ice luminarias the night before, using plastic ice cream buckets as molds. Pour water into each bucket; place a coffee can, weighted with rocks, in the center to create space for the candle. Freeze until solid. Then unmold containers, using hot water if needed to loosen edges. Place a votive in each and put outside, along your walk; light at dusk.
Trim a tree
Fast and frugal Christmas decor is as easy as repurposing the tomato cages from your summer garden. Wind lighted garland around them and you have a dazzling tree. Get the how-to.
Hang it up
Add wintry flair anywhere with this hanging decoration. Thread ribbon through the top of a ball ornament and knot the ends. Make more hanging balls in the same way; slip the knotted end of ribbons over an open binder ring and close it. Hang from a light fixture or hook.
Take a bow
Wrap a festive ribbon around everything that’s fit to be tied—from chair backs to banisters. Wide wired ribbon works best to form your beautiful bows.
Make a display
Don’t have the time or space to put up a full-size tree? Showcase your treasured family ornaments in a cloche. To make one, tip the cloche upside down and carefully fill with ornaments. Then cover the bottom with a cake stand. As you push both ends firmly together, slowly turn it right side up again.
Give it a glow
Turn down the lights and fire up the candles—the more, the better. Group them on heirloom china plates or vintage cake stands, or line them up along your mantel. Everything looks prettier by candlelight (and a little dust, less noticeable). Too late to make a pie? Kindle an apple-cinnamon scented candle, and give the whole house a delicious, fresh-baked aroma.
Photography by Country Woman.