felt place mat: $1
ribbon and pom-pom fringe: $1.88
felt snowflakes: $1.50 per packet
10 felt sheets: $1
4 glass votive holders: $1
4 votives: $1
faux snow: $1
red paint: 89 cents
A cheery place mat from a discount store inspired this display. Glue ribbon loops to the top back of mat with a glue gun, and then hang from a wooden dowel or a stick from your yard. Attach ribbon in varied lengths to the bottom of the mat. Finish with felt snowflakes.
Give lamps a makeover with help from your kids. Trace their hands onto pieces of felt, cut out the prints, and attach them to shades with a glue gun. Tie strands of ribbon to the top of the lamp. Give lamps a lift with empty snack cans that have been painted bright red. Embellish them with fringe and ribbons. Scatter faux snow and votives down the mantel. Note: The stockings, hooks, and lamps were not included in the budget. --created by Rebecca Bull Reed
This article is from the December 2005 issue of Southern Living.