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Décor and Design: The 12 DIYs of Christmas

Tips for making your home shimmer and shine this holiday season.

"Use an old pair of ice skates hung over a chair and stuffed with greens and fairy lights as an accent," says Design Editor Susan Waldron. (Susan Waldron)

This holiday season,  you’ll likely be spending a lot more time in your own house because of the pandemic. But staying home (and safe!) doesn’t mean you can’t have a holly, jolly Christmas. A little décor goes a long way in upping holiday cheer, and this year, we need all the additional merriment we can get. So dig up your dusty decorations, uncap your spray paint and gather some evergreen clippings. It’s time to transform your COVID cave into a winter wonderland, DIY-style.

1. For a quick and easy centerpiece, fill a sliver tray, glass bowl, wood bowl or white platter (or whatever you have on hand) with pine clippings, colorful ornaments or battery-operated candles.

2. Spray-paint some twigs from your backyard white, silver or gold, and set them up in a jar or vase. 

3. Don’t like the look of your Christmas tree stand? Set it up in a basket, bucket or crate that you love.

4. Use a drop cloth, blanket or some burlap around the base of your tree instead of a traditional tree skirt. 

5. Remember those wooden beaded car seat covers? If you have one lying around, cut it apart and string the beads to
create a garland. 

6. Transform jelly or mason jars into tealight holders.

7. Place a mirror behind or under your candles to increase the glow factor!

8. Spray paint can transform outdated or rarely used decorations. Ornaments, nutcrackers and branches can all be reimagined with a quick coat.

9. To give any of your decorations a snowy look, wipe them with Elmer’s glue and sprinkle on some Epsom salt.

10. Battery-operated fairy lights are perfect for this time of year. Place a strand on shelving, drape one over a mirror or wrap one around the greens you put in a vase. 

11. Don’t overlook the inside or top of your china cabinet: Add some greens here and there, an ornament in a wine glass or teacup and maybe even a mini tree.

12. Use an old pair of ice skates hung over a chair and stuffed with greens and fairy lights as an accent. They’ll make a beautiful “wreath.”

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