101 Fresh Christmas Decorating Ideas
To create your own gleaming arrangement, generously cover the bottom of white paper bags with sand, which will keep them sturdy and stationary when exposed to the elements. Arrange bags in desired positions (the luminaries lining the walk above at left all 2 feet apart), and then insert tea lights or battery-operated LEDs.
Bright Idea! For a twist, use a hole punch to create snowflake patterns, or adhere letter-shaped stickers spelling out a holiday message such as "NOEL" or "CHEERS" to the bags. (Safety note: Never leave luminaries unattended, and extinguish the flames when finished.)
Tallow Berries: from Flower Depot Store; flowerdepotstore.com
Vases: Bark vases in polished aluminum by Michael Aram; michaelaram.com
Cedar Rose Heads: from Dried Flowers “R” Us; driedflowersrus.com
Wrapping Paper: from Snow & Graham; snowandgraham.com.
Gold Christmas Trees: from The Great Big Greenhouse & Nursery; greatbiggreenhouse.com or (804) 320-1317.
Glass Cylinder Vases: Crate & Barrel; crateandbarrel.com or 1-800-967-6696.
Metallic Ornaments: Crate & Barrel; crateandbarrel.com or 1-800-967-6696.
Holiday Decorating: Chris Carter of Christopher Glenn, Inc.; (205) 870-1236.
Pillows (in wing chairs): Judy Ross Textiles; judyrosstextiles.com for retailers or (212) 842-1705.
Birch logs: Decorative Birch Logs from J.N. Firewood; jnfirewood.com or 1-800-630-2960.
A traditional element in all Southern Christmas decorating, the magnolia wreath is given a modern makeover with a square shape. Wide white ribbon keeps the embellishment to a minimum and the focus on the room’s tall, paned windows.
- Magnolia Wreath: Step-by-Step Directions
Basket (as tree base): Large Round Rush Planter from Coco Company, (847) 398-2626.
Mercury-Glass Ornaments: Mercury Glass Ornaments (small, medium, and large) from Napa Style; napastyle.com or 1-866-776-6272.
Basket (with mercury balls): vintage cherry basket, from Pieces, Inc.; piecesinc.com or (404) 869-2476.
Disco Ball: 12" Mirror Ball from Spencer’s; spencersonline.com or 1-800-762-0419.
Ribbons: all from Midori; midoriribbon.com or 1-800-659-3049.
Temple Bells (for tree topper): by Roost; roostco.com for retailers or (415) 339-9500.
Lanterns and Lantern Stakes: For a similar look, try Pottery Barn; potterybarn.com.
Boot Tray: For a similar look, try the Mudroom Boot Tray from Williams-Sonoma; williams-sonoma.com
Cardinals: Barnard, Ltd.; barnardltd.com
Make your own Christmas tree topper. Cut from ½-inch-thick foam core board, this star topper is covered with tartan and edged with ½-inch ribbon. Decorated with a trio of jingle bells, it’s studded with plaid buttons that add interest.
Buttons: CafePress; cafepress.com.
- Tree Topper: Step-by-Step Directions
Seeds of Life: $44 each, from seedsoflife.com
Florist Tip Mix gold and silver. We layered two kinds of gold ribbon and then added large and small shiny and matte silver balls.
Canners and crafters rejoice! We found the craft of the season!
Florist Tip Rotate the centerpiece to make sure it looks full from every angle. Add more hydrangeas, if needed.
Florist Tip Spray-paint the dried hydrangeas white. (We used Design Master Colortool Floral Spray paint in Flat White; joann.com.)
Don't let the look get too serious! To make your own tree topper, bundle together a group of curly silver sticks, and wire it to the top of the tree.
Play off the abundance of round ornaments with a large paper lantern on top. Float the lantern by hanging it from a bow attached to the ceiling, letting the ribbon cascade down the tree for effect.
Tie an oversize apricot bow with the ends cascading down the tree for extra drama. No bow-tying skills? Have a local florist make one for minimal cost.